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How Californian Conservatives can Save America.

Here is how 2012 looked:
2012-electoral-map

California is a big state, population-wise.  It adds 55 electors to the electoral college, which under the Constitution (if anyone cares about that) determines the next President.   This is most amount of any state, with the next runner-up Texas, with 38.

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 … continue reading...

Romney in a Landslide, if the election is fair

I have been telling people for sometime that I believe Romney will win in a landslide.  I suppose if I don’t post this before the election, I won’t get any props for making the right prediction.

I was spurred on by Andrew Sullivan’s complaints that Obama threw the election at the debate.  Look, I understand that’s the narrative, but that’s not really the correct account.  The ‘neck and neck’ polls over the last few months do not tell the truth.  Romney’s victory was assured in November 2010, not a debate in 2012.

All those people who were outraged at … continue reading...

The Binding Laws Governing our Present Intellectual Anarchy

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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 made sense of a variety of other facts and concepts that had more recently come to my mind, and it was Chesterton’s insight that anarchy is not lawlessness, per se, but rather a law applied with no concept of when one will cease applying it.  … continue reading...

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

Conservatives often challenge the logic and rationale behind taxing corporations because the tax is essentially a ‘pass through’ item;  the tax is paid by the consumer, in the form of higher prices for the product or service.  On this view, then, a tax on a corporation is actually a tax on the end user.  And this view is essentially correct.  It cannot be disputed at its core, because it is exactly the way the real world works- and will always work.

However, you can nibble around the edges, and since people will want to sock it to ‘big business’ they … continue reading...

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

Like many conservatives, I am not very thrilled with the crop of candidates I have to choose from this time around.  They all have their problems.  These problems run the gamut from simple electability to deep concerns about their policies.   I can divide the candidates into two categories:  ones I could stomach voting for and ones I couldn’t. (Some would be easier to stomach than others, obviously.)  To put that more directly, there are a handful of candidates who, if nominated, could conceivably keep from voting in the 2012 election for president at all.  You certainly wouldn’t hear me … continue reading...

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

The now humiliated mainstream media first tried to pin the attack by Jared Loughner on conservatives and the Tea Party only to discover that very few of Loughner’s views resembled conservative values  at all.  (As of this writing, I don’t think we do know what his motivations were even yet.)  Conservatives defended themselves with effect, but there was one portion of that defense that I wish to take issue with.

Conservatives have taken the tact of protecting themselves from the very charge they are fending off, bending over backwards to insist that not only did conservative values not influence Loughner, … continue reading...

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

There is of late a brouhaha brewing regarding the recent release of a report by the DHS with Napolitano’s approval that warned of ‘right wing extremist’ terrorism.  This is from the administration that is no longer using the term ‘terrorist.’

Read the full report.

I appear to fit into the definition of a ‘right wing extremist’:

(U) Rightwing extremism in the United States can be broadly divided into those groups, movements, and
adherents that are primarily hate-oriented (based on hatred of particular religious, racial or ethnic groups), and those that are mainly antigovernment, rejecting federal authority in favor of state continue reading...

Economy and Ideology and Taxes and Freedom

I once got into a disagreement with someone about the nature of communism.  My sin apparently had been that I had issued a series like this… “Freedom and Democracy, Tyranny and Communism…”  The objection was that the three preceding terms have to do with polity and governance while communism was merely an economic system.  As such, it was said it did not belong in the series.

Frankly, given the course of history and its clear testimony linking communism with tyranny and piles of dead, I find the notion that communism is ‘only’ an economic system to be absurd.  Similarly, with … continue reading...

Dear Republicans: You are Fired

I just love hearing all the tough talk from Republicans right now going after Obama’s stimulus bill and acting all ‘conservative.’  Where was this tough talk 4 months ago?  You’re fighting a 1 trillion measure that isn’t going to do jack for the economy under Obama but you laid down for 1 trillion in handouts that didn’t do jack for the economy when it was Bush.

Honestly, I don’t believe your tough words.  You don’t really believe them yourself.  You read the political winds and calculate what you think will get the most people to like you, and theoretically, the … continue reading...

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

I apologize to readers normally arriving for the religious and philosophical content, but since Obama actually just spoke in my area I felt compelled to speak.  (Also, I don’t see a real division between religion, philosophy, and politics… political views are just the manifestation of one’s world view).  Since I watched it live on television I don’t have a link to a transcript, although I don’t think it will be necessary.

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 … continue reading...

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.  It sounds like they’ve got a bit more flexibility than we have got and it sounds like Todd has a seasonal job, too.  Still, as I watched this family I felt that they reflected reality as I experience it and as more and more people … continue reading...