Posts Tagged by conservative

Why Sticking it to Big Business Sticks it to the Little Guy

for most of us, when faced with a burdensome law, we do not have the flexibility to simply pick up and leave. Indeed, since most of us are busy just living out our lives, minding our own business, we are rarely even aware of a burdensome law until after it is too late to do anything about it, and frankly- if we’re honest- we usually couldn’t do anything about it, anyway. Why not?

Again, the facts of reality set in. We’re busy. We have jobs. We have families. We have obligations. We don’t have the time and resources to keep track of everything our local municipality is up to, let alone the state and Federal government. Ah… but our wealthy business owner, if he is sufficiently wealthy, can position himself to be aware of what is happening to him legislatively, and more than that, can hire people whose sole jobs are to attempt to influence that legislation.

Come on, admit it. If you had the money, you’d do the same thing. But since you don’t have the money, you chafe at others doing it. But the business person is only doing what a human in that situation can be expected to do.

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Drafting our legislators randomly better than current process

Worldnetdaily.com published one of my columns this weekend.  In the column, I argue that what we really need in political office are people who have no interest in political office.  Moreover, we do not need people who believe that the government is the solution to all problems, but in fact believe that government has a […]

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Why I became a Conservative

When I was in college there was this guy 2 1/2 times larger than me… a philosophy major, as I recall… appropriately named ‘Animal.’ I remember having a debate about pain with him. I argued it was all in our minds- just a brain state- and not real. Animal said, “Come here, and I’ll show you unreal pain.”

While I was of the mindset that there were just “brain states” or just “subjective opinions” or just “one’s political views”, I was a liberal. When my mindset changed, so did my ‘political’ stance. This is a realization that congealed more than ten years after the change had happened. Was it just me? Correlation does not prove causation, and yet I see the same ingredients in the conservatives and liberals I meet. What made my mindset change?

I wouldn’t say it happened over night but there was a singular ‘event’ that proved the catalyst. One should understand that at the time, I was a Christian, an apologist, a Christian religion teacher. But I still entertained many viewpoints we’d call ‘liberal.’ The catalyst arose out of my never ending quest to make sure that when I talk about something, I actually know what I’m talking about. In the general course of that, I read a great many writings of Communists, Nazis, and to a lesser extent, the ‘fascists.’ Here I discovered something frightening: these people were advocating many of the same things I was advocating, and for the same reasons.

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Violence is never the answer: Except when it is…

The platitude is dangerous. On the one hand, when we transmit it, we transmit something we know is not actually true. That’s bad policy right there. On the other hand, it shuts down an important area of human experience that requires extensive critical thinking. In a world filled with evil and malignant men, every good person must be prepared in their mind for what they should do given certain eventualities… because we know from the newspaper and history book that these things do happen. Another danger to the platitude is that it sets people up for guilt after they perform a violent- but righteous- act. Finally, if someone has never actually thought about the matter before and all they’ve been fed is the platitude, they might freeze up and do nothing, or flee when they should fight.

I can think of no better example then the story that emerged out of the Virginia Tech massacre of Liviu Librescu. Here is a survivor of the holocaust, gunned down through the door that he refused to open for the gunman.

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To prison I go?

It is my hope that in facing possible imprisonment I will be able to call attention to the shredding of the Constitution and alter some perspectives. Of course, I should say, the continued shredding of the Constitution, as this is only one of the clearest violations of the rule of law and the ‘consent of the governed’ to come down the pike. It is my hope that maybe, just maybe, we’ll decide that the Constitution matters and that if we want to make society-wide changes we’ll at least have the decency to do it the right way, by amending the Constitution if necessary.

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Hey! People! Even Blagojevich is Innocent Until Proven Guilty!

I have no love for Blagojevich. Frankly, I have no love for any Illinois politician. My five years in Illinois was like being front and center at a circus. There is also no question in my mind that Blagojevich is guilty as sin- and this is certainly not his first offense. What is the difference between Blagojevich, Daley, and Obama? Blagojevich got caught. We’re talking Chicago politics, here. You’re living in la-la land if you expect anyone- even the Messiah- to have clean hands in general, and few places in the country get hands dirtier.

So it should be clear that I have no special fondness for Blagojevich. Nonetheless, in this country- allegedly- people are innocent until proven guilty. To try to get the state supreme court to toss the governor out before the man has even had his trial is simply wrong. Should the man resign? Of course. But then I think almost every politician in Illinois should resign, and that probably includes the Republicans, but the Democrats for sure. If the man doesn’t resign, will the state suffer? Probably. But that still doesn’t mean you can just ignore the rule of law and it doesn’t mean that just because a guy is an arrogant knucklehead that you can strip him of due process.

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Today’s Notes: Moral Equivalency on 9-11, Qualification: Did not have an Abortion, Pro-life Blogs

The South Carolina chairwoman of the Democrat party said yesterday that Sarah Palin’s “primary qualification seems to be that she hasn’t had an abortion.” This has apparently inspired a firestorm but this is an observation that was made in the conservative camp already from the reverse: that in the liberal (feminist) mind, Sarah’s primary disqualification was that she hasn’t had an abortion.

Sarah Palin is proof that carrying your baby to term is not ‘punishment’ and does not destroy your life and keep you from succeeding as a woman. Sarah Palin has been described as the perfect example of the ‘American Taliban.’ This is moral equivalency writ large, moral sense perfectly unhinged.

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One Conservative Reaction to News that Sarah Palin’s Daughter is Pregnant: What would Obama Think?

But to the central issue: does Bristol’s behavior undercut the moral position of her parents? I say no. If the Palins had disowned their daughter, that would have undercut their moral position. For the Christian faith has never been about being perfect and always about owning up to one’s mistakes and receiving forgiveness.

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Liberal Outcry: Judicial Activism on the DC Gun Ban

Already I’m seeing and hearing reactions to today’s Supreme Court tossing of the DC gun ban saying that this is conservative judicial activism.  As I understand it (I haven’t read the decisions myself), even the dissent is making that accusation. I don’t agree, personally.  I believe that the ruling was constructionist (which makes me wonder […]

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