Saturday, May 28, 2011

From Independent Country
  • Principles and parties. Party politics is not my favored method to spread the ideas of liberty, and it’s not the only method. But it is the favored method in America today, and I understand why many people get involved with it. I would prefer that the only means be bring about liberty is pure, non-political persuasion. Maybe that’s possible, but I haven’t seen it yet.
  • The old coalition in the GOP of social conservatives, neoconservative hawks and libertarians is fractured. Paul and Johnson personify this, as I imagine most Republicans would rather re-elect Obama rather than either men. But that is exactly why they are the only alternatives to Obama. Paul and Johnson have virtually nothing in common with the rest of the Republican field (with the possible exception of Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels). The reigning ideologies of the GOP field are essentially imported from the Democratic Party: the foreign policy is LBJ’s, and the social views are reminiscent of William Jennings Bryan.
  • Osama bin Laden and the 9/11 exception. The most amazing aspect of this is how, in the post-9/11 world, so many are willing to believe the President (whoever he is) on issues of “national security” and terrorism. They will claim the President is personally unethical and lies all the time, but, when a “national security” incident related to 9/11 comes up, they will believe the President’s claims. I don’t recall this before 9/11. Most wars had vocal critics and strong partisan opposition. Today, Presidents get a bipartisan free pass.

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