First stop this morning was in New Paltz New York, essentially within shooting distance of McPhillips. I regret my schedule doesn’t leave me enough time to offer him some coffee. It would be an interesting meeting, I think. I managed to get a late start to the week, so I will probably be out until […]
I was asked once why businessmen in general are usually soul anti-government. I quickly responded by saying that it’s because they’re the ones that deal with the results of government. All of it negative. Just recently former presidential candidate George McGovern died. I noted with interest David posted a note on that topic. He quite […]
I have for a long time found Ann Coulter fascinating. Occasionally wrong, mostly correct. I have several of her books on my shelves here. I even carry one in the truck that I haven’t finished reading. That said, it fascinates me that Coulter who had nothing but derision for John McCain, thinks that Mitt Romney […]
Some interesting thoughts on Sarah Palin’s new book…. which I happen to have started reading myself just the other day. I’ll leave Melissa’s thoughts on the book itself to her article. But she, in the process of laying the groundwork for her review, points up something that I’ve noticed myself on the state of things […]
Hey, Bruce: This “Ground Zero” mosque controversy has begun to rankle me. It is my understanding that those who want to build the “ground zero” mosque own the property there. Secondly, it really isn’t adjacent to the old World Trade Center site, but a few blocks away. Even if it is adjacent, however, if the […]
—Sun Tzu, The Art of War
The two major forms of Republicanism each have a doctrine that is tied to actual documents. Religious social conservatives have The Bible, while fiscal and Constitutional conservatives have the Constitution. It is safe to say that the vast majority of Republicans have their political tenants supplied by one, if not both, of these documents. This type of textual anchor is a positive philosophically and morally but in a strictly political sense can be a liability. The resulting positives are what tend to be deep, time-tested convictions, stability, certainty and, when used, an effective measuring stick for candidates in primaries. However, in our current event driven and largely politically uninformed society the negative is that this rigidness makes it nearly impossible to adapt positions to individual situations and use current events for maximum political gain.
This is a problem that the modern day liberal Democrat will not have anytime soon. They indeed stand in the starkest of contrast. Having left the Constitution behind decades ago, they move forward with no defined doctrine. No set of black and white documents that create, inform, or guide their ideology (and don’t even try to give me the party platform). This creates a situation in which changing party leadership sets an evolving standard as to what defines a Democrat. This not only allows them to easily tailor their political message to what they perceive to be popular at the moment, but grants them the option of playing the role of “lifeguard” and coming to the citizenry’s rescue with politically crafted legislation.
This, in tandem with the current perception that this is indeed the role of government, is extremely effective but thankfully also comes with disadvantages. First, the […]