critical reading for the rude

dear liberal friends & conservative friends

UPDATE | I take issue with the way non-intervention is ‘ranked left’ in this little info schematic.  Anyways… |

Do bear in mind that this is in fact what “conservative” once meant:

‘”As president, one of my priorities will be restoring the 10th amendment and federalism. Decisions about issues like civil unions or right-to-die legislation should be made by the states, not the federal government. I will stop federal judges from imposing new definitions on the States. I will also return control over education to parents and local communities. Decisions about whether or not to fund vouchers, have merit pay for teachers or extend the school year should be made by parents and local school boards, not by D.C.-based bureaucrats.

“I will also pursue true free trade with low tariffs and less burdensome regulation. However, I reject the “managed trade” approach of the World Trade Organization, North American Free Trade Agreement and Central American Free Trade Agreement.”‘ (Paul @ Forbes)

You can’t hand-pick it, though. He’d ax No Child Left Behind… and he’d ax social welfare. He’d support a state’s right to legalize gay marriage… and its right to legalize full-auto machine guns for personal use. No WTO… and no federally mandated environmental regulations.

So most folks are too scared by the prospect to take him seriously. We’re scared to be without our federal safety net. Afraid we can’t do it on our own, and afraid we don’t trust our neighbors to help us put together a supple and vibrant local civic ethos… I reckon.

Me? I’m taking a chance on it — and him — at least in the primaries.


October 3, 2007 - Posted by | geo/pol, info sci, info viz | , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Maybe we should force candidates to jump into an idea assigning pool, and then spin them around in a centrifuge until they are all mixed and matched, then vote. I think it would make for interesting television.

    Comment by Spencer | October 4, 2007 | Reply

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