Posts Tagged by conservatives

How Californian Conservatives can Save America.

California has been voting Democrat/liberal for many years and there is no sign of this changing any time soon. Thus, California is going to be sticking its fat liberal thumb on the scales of American politics long into the future. I would like to propose, however, that conservatives in California have the ability to Save America. “How?” you ask. Answer: MOVE.

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Romney in a Landslide, if the election is fair

The debate revealed nothing about Obama that attentive people have seen in him for the last four years: He is an ’empty suit.’ He is an ’empty chair.’ The debate only revealed something about Romney, but it only uncovered and crystallized anti-Obama sentiment that had been lying quietly beneath the surface for 2-4 years.

Romney in a landslide.

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The Binding Laws Governing our Present Intellectual Anarchy

Get this on your E-reader using this link and coupon for 100% off:  ZC29N I must at the outset admit the debt owed to GK Chesterton, for it was on the third reading of his “Eugenics and Other Evils” that his comments about ‘the anarchy from above’ finally made sense.  They made sense because they […]

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The truth about who pays taxes: Everyone and No One Simultaneously

Everyone pays taxes even when nobody pays them; nobody pays taxes, because everyone pays them. You cannot target just one ‘group’ because that group will ultimately diffuse that tax to some other group. Hence, every tax becomes a tax on everyone, and never a tax on any particular group. Solution?

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Reaction to Cain’s 9-9-9 and a Different Way Forward

Herman Cain is in the category belonging to “I can stomach voting for him” and the subset of that category, “I can even speak a kind word about him and am comfortable advocating for him- and will.”

His 9-9-9 proposal has a simple and important premise: the elimination of the Federal tax code and starting over. Amen, brother. Preach it.

However, the notion of a national sales tax is abhorrent to me. I do not feel reassured by assurances that the 9% tax will not in later years be increased. If we know anything about how the US governments work (and the plural is intentional; I am counting local and state governments as well), a tax will always go up. It never goes down and it never goes away. This is the real world, not fairytown. We know what is going to happen. We know it.

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The Courage of Their Convictions: Jared Lee Loughner, James Jay Lee and the Power of Belief

We live in a curious time. Good people who are otherwise sane entertain the notions that Lee and Loughner embraced and acted on. Over against those notions they have some memory of the bloodsport of the 20th century and are keen to avoid it a second go around. What they don’t ask is: “Maybe it isn’t just one particular application of these beliefs that ought to be discredited… maybe the beliefs themselves should be chucked?”

To illustrate.

Let us imagine that someone believed that all people with red hair should be killed because they aren’t really people. You talk to him. He’s a perfectly pleasant fellow. Very sane. “So, you aren’t going to actually kill any red haired people or advocate that others do?” you ask him. “Of course not,” he says. That’s a relief, of course. “Why believe it if you won’t carry it out?” you persist. “That would be horrible. I would feel terrible,” he says. “Hmmm,” you might say, “Perhaps the fact that you are deeply uncomfortable with wiping out those with red hair is because even though you say they aren’t people, in fact, you think they are. Why not then dispense with your belief that they aren’t really people?”

Something very much like this is at the root of much thinking among secular humanists. They don’t really believe what they’re saying. If they did, we’d all be in a lot of trouble and they’d probably go a little nuts.

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Sntjohnny Wonders: Is he Napolitano’s Right Wing Extremist?

This report is likely to produce the very thing it is warning about. With this report, every conservative American became subject to the Thought Police and a target of scrutiny by the Federal government. I believe it will put some people over the edge. I believe the intent was to put them over the edge. I think they want a ‘right wing extremist’ to engage in some sort of attack so that the Obama administration can then use the sensibilities of all those law-abiding citizens to turn public opinion against anyone with strongly held views about abortion and government and ‘hate.’ They will use any kind of incident as a justification for the imposition of the gun laws we know that the Obama administration would like to pass, and then, when people react, they can point to that reaction as justifying the need for the gun laws. It will also be used to justify increased monitoring of the ‘extremist groups,’ as well as any number of measures which if they were proposed today would make even the tea party participants blow their top, but if passed after an ‘incident’ would compel them to re-consider. Because they are decent people.

And decent people are the easiest to manipulate by authorities.

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Economy and Ideology and Taxes and Freedom

In short, a tax of any amount impacts choice to some degree, and free choice is the foundation for freedom. Hence, it is impossible to issue a tax without affecting, at least to a degree, the freedom of the people taxed. To return to the cigarette tax, if the cost of the cigarettes are so high that people won’t buy them then that is indistinguishable from a law forbidding their sale. The net effect of both is a decrease in freedom. Even if many can still pay the tax, and choose to do so, there will be some for whom the cost is high enough that the net effect is the same as actually outlawing it outright.

It appears to be freedom, but it isn’t. No law prohibiting smoking was passed, no one was thrown in jail, but for some portion of the population the effect is just as though there were.

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Dear Republicans: You are Fired

If it weren’t for the nominations of two Supreme Court justices who will rule by the letter of the law (we hope… we might wonder if there have been some exceptions now) I would consider my votes for the Republicans the last 8 years an utter, and total, waste. As in, if I had voted for a pile of excrement that would have been more worthwhile, as excrement can at least be used as fertilizer. While I shudder to think what life would be like since 2000 if Al Gore or John Kerry were the president, the salient point is that in the end, under Republican control, there was hardly any noticeable difference. Maybe I amend my statement somewhat- I am glad that Bush was at the helm on 9-11 and my only regrets concerning Afghanistan and Iraq is that we didn’t really fight to win there, either. But I digress.

The point is that I don’t frankly care what you say or do at this point, Republicans. I don’t believe you. I

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Obama Rallies in My Area: Wall Street and Main Street Greed

Obama did his typically slam in regards to the current economic crisis saying that we got into this mess because of ‘Wall Street Greed’ and that he would not allow a ‘welfare program for CEOs’ to pass. A lot of talk has been done pinning this on greedy CEOs with many conservatives pointing people to decisions made by Democrats as far back as Clinton. When Obama made his comments, the crowd cheered… and since this crowd ought to have known better, I’m speaking out. I have no solutions… but I do protest trying to pin this all on Big Business and Wall Street, and even Big Government, without taking a look at our own role in the affair.

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On Being a Stay at Home Dad: Reflections on Todd and Sarah Palin

The nomination of Sarah Palin raised all sorts of interesting issues and one that I found interesting was the role of her husband, Todd.  There are some similarities between he and I.  He had five kids, we have four.  His wife works, as does mine.  Our youngest child has special needs just like theirs is.  […]

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