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Is My Home Amongst the Beautiful Losers?

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Conservatism is, as Samuel Francis would write in a book by the same title, a beautiful loser. A movement with no creed, no agreed upon set of icons, and no consensus on just what they wish to conserve. Heaven forbid that I decry them for traits common to most all political movements. But to pretend that there is a consensus within the movement, as the more loud and proud would like everyone to believe, is to play the part of the village idiot.

The question I am often asked is where I believe myself to fit in amongst the conservative horde. This was never a difficult question to answer. I have always found myself somewhere between paleolibertarianism and paleoconservativism. Any way you went with it, “paleo” was the necessary prefix.

There were certrainly areas of tension. Finding my home on issues concerning was Wall St. and Main St., tariffs and laissez-faire, as well as restrictionism and amnesty was no easy task. There are still a number of unresolved tensions, but I presume this will be the case for the duration of my life. At any rate, I have found what I would generally refer to as home.

But it would be foolish of me to pretend that I am a cookie-cutter paleoconservative. I maintain a number of positions that may be considered anathema by many of the paleos. My preference for culturism over racialism hasn’t won me many brownie points amongst the more hardline of the crowd. My distaste for capitalism and tentative take on industrialism would place me in dock with many. But my positions on health care, environmentalism, animal treatment, labor unions, and a Just/Living Wage would possibly have me thrown to the gallows along with the ghosts of excommunicants past.

So what am I? Where do I fit? Not sure. But I don’t think I’d prefer it any other way.

Palin Kisses Public Trust Goodbye

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Kissing Character Goodbye

What's the different between a pit bull with lipstick and Sarah Palin? A guilty verdict.


Unlawful Abuse of Power

Not to worry. Character, integrity, and public trust mean very little anymore. And rest assured that the spin-doctors will create some hysterical story about partisan motives, employing Hannity-like slogans such as “smear machine” and to repeat ad nauseam that “they are out to destroy this innocent woman’s life.”

The real key, though, is whether or not the myth-makers can pin this bi-partisan commission the Palins were originally willing to work with connected to terrorists. Al Qaeda would be great… but Bill Ayers may do just fine.

SIDE NOTE: Even Todd is found guilty of being in on the dirty business! Just your typical American family…

McBama: The Debate of the Donkephants

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The first televised debate between John McCain and Barack Obama was about as exciting as watching molasses run down the pine in mid-winter. It was loaded with sloppy sloganeering, pre-scripted wisecracks, and a seemingly endless number of awkward smiles from John McCain after having been called a liar, albeit in a manner that sounded more like a pillow fight than a smack across the face.

But while there were few (and let me stress few) real disagreements hashed out in the debate, what stuck out to me was just how much the two of them have in common. This is particularly true regarding the notion of American imperialism and the country’s divine right to play the part of Globo-Cop. The theatre of combat may change, at least in so far as emphasis is concerned, but the philosophical underpinnings of military interventionism is no less a reality in Obama than McCain.

Viewers were given the pleasure of taking an ideological trip on the War Hawk Express. Whether it concerned Russia’s so-called unprovoked and illegal aggression, the need to incorporate Georgia and Ukraine into NATO, the need to extend U.S. militarization, or the necessity of America playing the part of the sole global superpower, both of these men saw eye-to-eye. Imperialists through-and-through, neither wished to return to a humble foreign policy, or even a moderately arrogant foreign policy. The goal isn’t change in philosophy, but window dressing.

I presume that mastering the art of reading what isn’t there would be required to see those subtle differences they claim to be so very clear. This apparently leaves those of us who see things as they are in a constant sense of bewilderment, scratching our head in confusion as to why we simply cannot see what ought to be so evident. It may be much like those pictures requiring one to cross their eyes in order to see a hidden image. My fear, though, would be that the hidden image is even worse than the two donkephants rambling on about disagreements they simply don’t have.

New and Improved: Religious McCain!

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The Republican election hustlers are pulling out all the stops this time around. McCain has gone from being a Goldwater-style antagonist towards the religious right to being, according to Eric Moore, director of Americans for Faith, a man led by his “quiet faith” all throughout his life, and particularly when considering public policy. Is Moore talking about the same fellow that said Pat Robertson and the late Jerry Falwell were to the right what Louis Farrakhan and Al Sharpton are to the left? Was he referring to the McCain that compared James Dobson to head-strong union bosses who put their interests above those who they work for? Does he wish to imply that this is the same senator who, just as the Straight Talk Express got rolling, changed his tune on intelligent design, secularism, and the separation of church and state?  Surely this can’t be the same McCain that blew off endorsements from Protestant heroes such as John Hagee and Rod Parsley! If so, then Moore has gone beyond giving McCain a political makeover; he has given history a thorough whitewashing.

NOTE: I would agree with the old McCain’s remarks concerning the likes of Dobson, Robertson, and the late Falwell. In fact, my criticism of their masochistic tendency to hook themselves out to the GOP every election year makes McCain’s remarks look as harsh as a Larry King movie review. My beef  here is with so-called “people of faith” leaving their conscience at the door every election year in order to propagate mythical creatures like the “God-fearing John McCain.” Lying to yourself is one thing, but lying to others is quite another. Vote this year, but do so with your head hung in shame.

PALEO RADIO: U.S. Caught Spying on Iraq

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