Another great article Rick, thanks!Comment Posted By Andy On 23.10.2009 @ 09:54
Congrats Rick! I don't think I've been reading you the whole five years, but it's been most of that. Keep on truckin'!Comment Posted By Andy On 23.09.2009 @ 08:43
Does this mean we have a bromance?Comment Posted By Andy On 1.03.2009 @ 19:46
It's posts like these that have made me an avid reader for years now. As one who really enjoyed William Buckley's intellectualism in my youth, it's nice to see that it's coming back and there are people like you who will hopefully show the reactionary populist elements the light. I do believe that what the GoP and conservatives need right now more than anything else is a good long period of introspection - something that's been missing, IMO, from conservative thought for a long time. Keep up the good work.
AndyComment Posted By Andy On 7.02.2009 @ 19:39
I think the end of the Cold War brought out the divisions in the GoP that led to the religious right taking hold of the party. During the Cold War, GOP heroes like Reagan could get away with paying lip service to culture war issues because those issues were subsumed by the battle against Communism. Communism was the 100 pound gorilla that aligned the religious, libertarian and other elements of the party. Once communism was defeated then the battle for the party really began and that battle is still going on. Candidates can no longer get social conservative street cred primarily from being anti-communist.
A party cannot govern based on culture-war issues, so I think if the religious right is setting the party's agenda and priorities, then the GoP will be in the wilderness a long time. I don't have any solutions, unfortunately.Comment Posted By Andy On 20.11.2008 @ 14:48
"They are still holding out hope that Bush will attack Iran thus making something that has been predicted at least 5 times in the last 7 years come true. But time is running out and Bush is simply not cooperating."
What's going to happen is that they'll believe their demonstrations of "truth to power" prevented all those poppycock predictions from coming true. They will probably take credit for "preventing" Bush from attacking.
It's just like me going out and warning the world of an evil plan to prevent the sun rising in the east the next day. When the sun does, in fact, rise in the east the next day, I can give myself a pat on the back for warning the world and scaring the evildoers to giving up on their plan. I can claim I saved the day. It's all conveniently logical, but very delusional.Comment Posted By Andy On 13.11.2008 @ 22:25
DARPA doesn't do any research itself. What it does is provide funds to academics and the private sector to do basic research in areas DARPA thinks will have military value. Only basic research.Comment Posted By Andy On 3.11.2008 @ 18:23
What's sad is that government could make the move to alternative energy so much easier simply through incentives, ending current subsidies to the oil industry, and renovating our electrical grid.Comment Posted By Andy On 7.11.2008 @ 10:59
What surprises me, actually, is how well McCain is doing considering all the disadvantages arrayed against him - a perfect storm, if you will. There's the economy, which will deliver the coup de grace, the damaged GoP brand thanks to Bush, blatant ageism, and the huge advantages Obama has in terms of money and organizing, not to mention a clear charisma advantage. Limbaugh and others are already complaining the impending loss is all because McCain is a moderate and failed to deliver the indy vote, but I think with a more traditional GoP candidate the party would be in a much worse position with clear Obama blowout instead of what we have now.
I therefore think the "base" is going to learn the wrong lesson from this election which risks the GoP going away like the whigs or remaining in the political desert for many years.Comment Posted By Andy On 30.10.2008 @ 12:30
Good post Rick.Comment Posted By Andy On 27.10.2008 @ 09:11