Monday, October 29, 2007

Giuliani: bomb-bomb-bomb, bomb-bomb Iran
How about if we drop you on Iran?
A Giuliani presidency would represent the return and final triumph of the Republicanism that conservatives went into politics to purge from power. A Giuliani presidency would represent repudiation by the party of the moral, social and cultural content that, with anti-communism, once separated it from liberal Democrats and defined it as an institution.

Rudy offers the right the ultimate Faustian bargain: retention of power at the price of one’s soul.
But, contra Pat, the ’50s anti-commie crusade wasn’t all that either. Real conservatism is about the freedom that enables moral content to flourish not trying to embody that moral content in government (or ‘the state knows what’s good for you’, the sin of the religious left and right).

The real GI Joe
Writer ‘El Cid’ shares some of my feelings (not necessarily principles) on World War II and its generation. My old rector who died five years ago this month defended his home as a fire-watcher atop St Paul’s in the Blitz and later as a sailor. On the US marine who was the model for the doll action figure (it really was a cleverly marketed doll):
I am not a warmonger, but wars happen and a free people, if they are to remain free, occasionally need heroes. Mitchell Paige was just such a hero, among thousands but because of his own character and the cruel combination of fate that placed him on that hill he showed that he was just such a hero — he through the image of GI Joe has represented the sort of hero free people require at times.
Compassionate Edwards
Or the enemy of my enemy is not necessarily my friend.
If you are so compassionate, why don't you donate your own fortune to the poor and needy? But alas, he wants to demonstrate his compassion by forcing everyone else to pay for all of this crap.
Ron Paul’s platform
Opposed to Mitt Romney’s, which seems cobbled together by a committee and focus groups (‘abortion is objectively wrong except one has the right to kill you because of what your father did’)
"Why does Ron Paul have so much grassroots support? [On the screen, tick off the Internet statistics, superimposed over images of Ron Paul rallies: First place, Ron Paul, with 1,082 Meetup groups; second place, Barack Obama, with 62, etc.]

"Because when Americans finally have an honest man who doesn't speak to them in slogans, they respond.

"Ron Paul wants to restore our Constitution: no more unnecessary, undeclared wars, no more violations of our liberties, and no more Internal Revenue Service.

"Finally, an election with a real choice. Vote Ron Paul, Republican for President."
— TV-ad idea from Thomas Woods of the LRC blog

A man (in the fullest sense) both sides of the culture war (including the Episcopal row!) can agree on if you look at things logically.

Brits 4 Ron Paul

From new blogroll link League of the Scarlet Pimpernel.

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