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Rick Moran seems to have hit on the line between conservative and reactionary. Very few conservatives left in the Republican party, most conservatives are Democrats, what they call "Blue Dogs," while the Republican side is populated largely by reactionaries who are able to define themselves only by what they are against.
Reactionaries aren't much use, they're like a person who, at dinnertime, says "No you can't have ice cream for supper," but can't conceive what you should have for supper.

Comment Posted By Alan On 20.07.2009 @ 09:32


> Even Obama haters out there have to admire the way he has
> obscured this message

Not really. It takes no particular skill to obscure the message when the media is in your pocket.

Comment Posted By Alan On 27.10.2008 @ 12:11


Commenters like Bill Buby up at post #5 are the reason I can no longer vote conservative or Republican. The utter nonsense makes me want to disassociate myself from everyone like that. This includes pundits like Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter who say the same things. The Right deserves 40 years in the wilderness to rid the party of such idiocy.

Comment Posted By Alan On 5.01.2008 @ 15:06


The anti-gay ballot initiatives passed easily because most people aren't affected. If instead the initiative raised taxes on somebody else, it would have passed almost as easily for the same reason. This is different from the anti-abortion law in South Dakota. While most voters believe abortion is awful, it doesn't translate into their desire to make it illegal. Why?...because of the possibility of being directly affected by the law, unlike gay marriage.

Comment Posted By Alan On 10.11.2006 @ 20:25


I consider myself staunchly independent, preferring to analyze every issue based on its merits without regard for partisanship.

From my perspective, I see name calling and hypocritical behavior from both sides of the divide. Both sides are quick to point out the hypocrisy and logical fallacies of the other without considering that of their own.

In fact I had a blog titled "Fools to the Left, Fools to the Right…" but abandoned it because I suck as a blogger.

I just want it all to stop, so we can engage in meaningful nuanced dialog. I hate to think where we are headed now. No one is talking to each other, they are just yelling over the top of each other. Too bad -- for both sides have some important things to say and the calm rational people trying to say them are being drowned out by the polemists.

On the other hand, I recently refrained from reading any blogs or watching any "news" programs on TV for about 2 weeks. It was wonderful in a sense. Ignorance can be bliss (temporarily). I think we as blog readers get ourselves all worked up in this because we are constantly in the foul trenches, but in real life, regular people for the most part "just get along" regardless of political stripe.

I have never read Moran's blog before, but I would think that one goal of blogging is to change the mind's of those who hold what you believe is an incorrect view.

But how one expects to do that through excessive name calling (for which in the post above there are many) and overly polemic writing? You can't.

Who here would contemplate any valid points offered by an adversary if every other word was an insult?

The net effect is that polemic bloggers are wasting their intellect on preaching to the choir when instead they could be truly engaging people they disagree with and changing their minds with regards to important issues.


"I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men whatever, in religion, in philosophy, in politics, or in anything else, where I was capable of thinking for myself. Such an addiction is the last degradation of a free and moral agent. If I could not go to heaven but with a party, I would not go there at all." --Thomas Jefferson, On Political Parties, 1789

Comment Posted By alan On 22.06.2006 @ 16:54


I believe when the army arrived at the bank they were in HUMVEEs not APC. APCs in the army are tracked vehicles. The M113 and the Bradley.

Comment Posted By Alan On 13.04.2006 @ 06:35


When you add to the body count what about the terrorist in the helicopter. with it smoking like it was you know it had to crash, but where? Any civilians in the area?

Comment Posted By Alan On 21.02.2006 @ 09:42


People, this show is entertainment. It's not reality. TV can and does the impossible. ON THE AIR ONLY!!!

Comment Posted By Alan On 14.02.2006 @ 10:42


Hello guys!
I like your site, great work.

Comment Posted By Alan On 25.05.2006 @ 10:54


The more I think about this the more annoyed I get. It seems to me like this will be a great excuse for people to come out and say people are looting because they've lost hope or faith or religious belief. Only one of those trends isn't true. Religious belief has been increasing in this country and been very heavy in that part of the country.. that's not it at all. The problem is disenfranchisement. Many peopl down there don't think of themselves as americans... heck I bet many of them don't even think of themselves as southerners. They have been taught or convinced or whatever for so long that society is out to get them and they don't have the education or exposure to the world to know better. And before anyone jumps on me for being racist or some such.. I'm not talking about a race.. I'm talking about an entire class of people. And it just so happens that the effected area has more of them than almost any other part of the country. The class of people I'm referring to are the poor and uneducated... The reasons for the clustering are long and detailed and I'm not saying I would even kow who to blame, but I still think that is the root of our problem. To say it's human nature is to forget about all the other disasters in the world and even in this country where the breakdown of morals has been nowhere near as pervasive or quick..

Comment Posted By Alan On 2.09.2005 @ 21:38

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