Monday, January 21, 2008

Talking to Fr Jake’s readers about Catholic gentlemen in years past, the Episcopal row and politics
David H writes:
Well, jimB has mentioned a couple of times feeling put-upon by more politically liberal folks.

So maybe “we” wouldn’t be so rough on y’all if the Republicans could field a candidate that didn’t set off all sorts of alarm bells for us ;) I mean really, Huckabee? (Baptist minister who doesn’t believe in evolution and wants to use the Constitution to make us into a “Christian nation”?). Paul or Giuliani? (just plain scary unpredictable — tho’ in different ways). Romney? (not so bad, until he flip-flopped on a bunch of stuff to pander to the “evangelical” base). Thompson? (utterly unqualified, panders to the “evangelical” base — go back to sleep, Fred).

If the GOP wants to be taken seriously and get votes from people like me, they need to stop pandering to the far rightwing, “evangelical” nutjobs and field intelligent candidates who’ll pursue classic Republican virtues (small, limited gov’t with less interference in the lives of private citizens, fiscal responsibility, etc.... you know, real conservatism) and knock it off with all this “ban gay marriage,” “bomb Iraq” nonsense.
The last paragraph describes Ron Paul! Why do you think he’s scary unpredictable? In Congress for 10 terms he’s been remarkably consistent.

jimB writes:
I am an economic conservative usually. That is, I think after a lot of years working for Illinois, that the best way to do almost anything is to avoid government.

I am concerned because I live in Illinois, about Sen. Obama. He was for the entire time he was a senator in the State legislature, the single most likely “yes” vote on any tax increase.
The change he’s after is in your pockets or purse!

Wolfstan writes:
This is a year where both Groundhog Day and the State of the Union address occur on the same day. And as it has been pointed out, “It is an ironic juxtaposition of events: one involves a meaningless ritual in which we look to a creature of little intelligence for prognostication, while the other involves a groundhog.”

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