One thing that is also annoying is this constant whining. Ok, there are more liberals in education but then aren't there more conservatives in the military? Talk radio is dominated by conservatives and MSM is slightly tilted to the left. People gravitate towards fields and people that are like them. That's human nature so pleeez stop whining!Comment Posted By funny man On 26.02.2009 @ 12:31
Loathing liberals and intellectual elites is not the way out of the wilderness. Tying conservative values with an increased creativity (less red tape etc) might be a way. In addition, without a doubt conservatism has to adopt to the present. The internet wasn't a problem or possibility 50 years ago. The problem often is a lack of respect to 'uncommon' viewpoints in a discussion; e.g. there were quite a number of conservative opponents of the Iraq war. Hannity, Coulter and the likes just don't encourage any types of discussion but then they are entertainers. I, for example, like the differing viewpoints at the American Conservative and I hope we can get some intellectual credibility back in the future.Comment Posted By funny man On 26.02.2009 @ 11:00
Jindal wasn't so bad. It is just a difficult act to follow. Politics aside, Obama's speech was pretty good, you have to give him that.Comment Posted By funny man On 25.02.2009 @ 12:04
bsjones,Comment Posted By funny man On 24.02.2009 @ 10:56
here is my take on 'Joe the plumber'. It's not about him. Basically he is supposed to be the spokesman for the anti-intellectual brand of populist conservatism. I would include Palin there too. The underlying current is that out there in the heartland a pure and true, God-fearing Americans, riding their pick-up trucks, listening to Garth Brooks and defending our freedom who are only threatened by girly, intellectual know-it-alls who threaten their way of life (and by implication the American way of life). Of course this is a caricature but there is some truth to it. However, in my opinion we have to realize that our wealth is generated in Silicon Valley, at Wall Street, in Hollywood etc. All those places conservatives love to hate. However, we have to be competitive in these places and 'Joe the Plumber' is not the way.
Sal,Comment Posted By funny man On 23.02.2009 @ 18:39
there are liberal elites and there are conservative elites. What is the problem with that? Everyone has their think tanks, intellectuals, people who think about the future of any movement. Well, and then there is Michael Moore, Ann Coulter and the whole entertaining lot.
I agree it is easiest to see all the fault in your political opponent but in this case it is just not true. Some on the right are happy to point to Fanny and Freddie whereas the left points out excessive deregulation. As always there is some truth to both arguments but then there is more. Part of the problem also seems to be our trade imbalance with many overseas investors looking to invest their money back into American real estate; pair that with greed on Wall Street etc. However, that was a problem well known and both parties did the same thing: nothing.Comment Posted By funny man On 22.02.2009 @ 23:29
So while I am worried about the extent of the money flowing I'm absolutely convinced that we need stricter regulation of the financial sector. What does capitalism really mean? How can you run a system that has to be selfish to a degree but still benefit the society?
However, as Americans I think there are areas where we all pretty much agree on like being less dependent on foreign oil, generating more renewable energy sources, finding ways to be less wasteful etc etc.. Again, here the problem is that the Democratic talking points are correct and the Republicans too. Sadly, it took Paris Hilton to point that out. Be that as it may, still a good place to put ones energy, optimism etc. Doesn't conserve, conservation somehow go with conservative?
bsjones,Comment Posted By funny man On 22.02.2009 @ 18:23
good luck with your situation. I learned that people working for a bank are not necessarily the people with the best knowledge and advice. Perhaps advocacy groups can give you some hints. However, I don't want to sound as a smartass, hopefully something will work out.
Lily,Comment Posted By funny man On 21.02.2009 @ 16:22
it is not accurate to say that the crash of 29 had nothing to do with the rise of the Nazis. Look at the votes in elections before and after. Sure, Germans also felt bitter about Versailles but apparently economic anxiety does a thing to the human psyche. In the mid-twenties the NSDAP was irrelevant.
Michael Reynolds:Comment Posted By funny man On 21.02.2009 @ 13:10
What is Aoibhneas trying to tell us? I read reread and still don't have a clue. Maybe I'm not elitist enough to understand. You are right: Aoibhneas/Palin 2012
L.N. Smithee, Chuck,Comment Posted By funny man On 20.02.2009 @ 09:14
ok the media wants to sell the news, what better way to put up a clown making silly noises. Same deal with conservatives, if the media wants a 'conservative voice' ridiculous figures like Ann Coulter are dug up. However, all this doesn't matter to me. Case in point is the terrific job Michelle Rhee is making as chancellor of the public school system in DC. Sure, fossils like Marion Barry are mad about her but the majority of black parents support her. I used to live in Detroit so I know a school system that needs reform badly (ever since Coleman Young's soultrain came to town). I know a lot of people in the inner city are not as usually portrayed in conservative blogs but want practical results not Al Sharpton enjoying his own voice.