Rick,Comment Posted By Gurldoggie On 29.10.2008 @ 18:32
I couldn't agree with you more, and I'm glad you turned your comments back on so I can say so. There are many of us out here who still believe that Conservatism can and should be supported by powerful ideas and intellectual rigor, although we have been largely silenced by the self-defined "Conservatives" who rely on blind repetition and knee-jerk ignorance to spread their small-minded doctrine and silence their critics. Until many more well-informed conservative thinkers feel empowered to speak up, conservatism in America will continue to suffer from the ongoing loss of intelligent voices and voting majorities. The one good thing that may come from Tuesday's defeat is that we will finally have an opportunity to rid ourselves of this noxious "ditto head" strain of right wing thought and re-invent what it means to be a thoughtful Conservative.
Good analysis Rick, this blog is quickly becoming the go-to blog for free-thinking conservatives.
Regarding your update, the days of the Right wing "echo chamber" are over, whether or not all of your readers realize it. The weird pathology of one-mind orthodoxy that developed among conservatives since Clinton has simply ceased to serve us. Failed policies are failed policies, it doesn't matter how loudly a political party wants to scream otherwise. The future of the Republican party lies with thinkers like you, Kathleen Parker, Christopher Buckley, and other smart people who are unafraid of entertaining new ideas and different approaches to entrenched problems.
On a related note, the liberals don't need the Fairness Doctrine to make conservative media irrelevant. We've done it to ourselves by repeating each others' empty rhetoric ad infinitum and refusing to adapt our thinking to changing circumstances. I look forward to a new generation of intelligent conservative representation, and if it takes a painful electoral defeat to get there, so be it.Comment Posted By Gurldoggie On 17.10.2008 @ 11:11
Responding to DBO @56
I hope that we have all been around enough to realize that all politicians are human - they shake a lot of hands, go to a lot of meetings, and talk to a lot of organizers before they get into positions of power. If you look at ANY of them through a fine enough microscope you'll find some minor unsavory connection.
There is no doubt that if you tracked down every McCain acquaintance, and listed everything they ever said, you would find some downright disturbing connections. Honestly, McCain's associations with Rev. Hagee were the first inkling I got that he wasn't quite the anti-status quo maverick that he painted himself as. But then, you couldn't find me ONE politician who doesn't have some connection with some questionable donor, religious leader or business exec. NOT ONE.
And you know what? It just doesn't make a bit of difference. McCain is looking crazier every day. Obama's got real skills and will make a good president. In the end, smart policies, careful judgment and a confident demeanor are crucially important. Irrelevant connections with odd characters? Not su much.Comment Posted By Gurldoggie On 7.10.2008 @ 15:20
Hey, I like this Blog. Thanks for your well reasoned approach to conservative politics, it's a refreshing change. I've been reading for a few weeks now, and this is the first time I've been moved to comment.
I'm an independent minded voter. I tend to the left side of the spectrum, but I'm not wedded to any party and am open to voting for any candidates who appeal to my sense of sanity and values.
I have decided to vote for Obama this year because he truly seems like the superior candidate. By all appearances he is an intelligent, calm, well-balanced and promising politician who has a real chance of changing the terrible policies of the last 8 years that have brought our country to such a depressing state.
Say what you will, McCain clearly shared Bush's obsessions with financial deregulation, and is offering nothing to convince the country that he has re-thought these failed ideas. The desperate attempt by McCain to swamp the country with desperate and irrelevant accusations does nothing to convince me that he would be a thoughtful or reasonable leader. In fact, it's having the opposite effect. I always respected McCain and voted for him in my state primary, but his campaign is making him look extremely irresponsible and even dangerous.
The real issues have nothing whatsoever to do with Obama's scant connection with a onetime radical. The more McCain tries to make this connection, the worse he looks.
At this point in our history, it is very important to have a President with the judgment, temperament and confidence to repair our economy and restore our standing in the world. Between these two candidates, Obama is clearly the better suited for the task.Comment Posted By Gurldoggie On 7.10.2008 @ 13:38
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