Friday, June 27, 2003

Not my kind of conservatives
Both Lester Maddox and Strom Thurmond died this week. My take on them? I'm with Lew Rockwell here - I'd say they were right only when it comes to private property (Mr Maddox's cause célèbre). 'An Englishman's home is his castle' - an idea that transferred to the Old Republic. American rights that apply to the Christian faithful equally as they do to people I don't agree with, such as practising homosexuals... or pond scum like Lester Maddox.

Around the time of the Trent Lott controversy, LRC made the excellent point that Mr Thurmond, the 1948 Dixiecrat candidate for US president, wasn't really a conservative at all, or even really for states' rights (a legit cause), but a New Deal liberal - he just didn't want that supposed largess of government extended to black people. Ugh.

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