Conservatives believe in an enduring moral order, adherence to custom and convention and continuity, and believe in prudent restraint.
Society is in social upheaval. Everyone is a moral authority unto himself. I am good. The things I do are good. I do what I want to do and it is all right. You do what you want and that is all right too. Everyone is all right.
What affect will this social upheaval have in the long run? That remains to be seen. We are overturning norms that endured for perhaps a thousand years. We say the traditional marriage old-timers were ignorant. Suddenly we have figured that out. Modernity has arrived. Finally, finally we are free of all moral restraint. Free at last.
I am a Conservative. I believe in an enduring moral order. I believe in a natural order. I am sticking with custom and tradition. I believe in slow change based on prudent restraint. I do not charge headlong into social upheaval only to be blindsided in the future.
There is a new of moral order headed our way that allows no homosexuals and offers only submission for women. What it demands is an enduring moral order not of our liking. It is unyielding.Comment Posted By Michael On 18.04.2009 @ 15:02
Your family dies unless this guy talks. We cannot get him to say anything. Do we water board him? Well, do we?
A police officer draws his pistol. If he does not squeeze the trigger, an innocent victim dies. What does he do?
I know what I would say, and I just cannot reason myself beyond it. Help me out.Comment Posted By Michael On 17.04.2009 @ 10:57
The problem as I see it is that if Obama wins this election, and is handed a veto-proof majority in the Congress... he will be able to funnel huge amounts of cash to groups like ACORN and impose sanctions against those who criticize him. He will, in short, have the power to ensure that the elections in 2010 and 2012 will be rigged for the Democrats.
Combine that with the power he will have to go after critics, and a re-imposition of the "Fairness Doctrine", and it will be very hard for an opposing viewpoint to gain any attention... and in the end, with the power to rig elections, it won't matter anyway.
The other thing to remember is that conservatives are going to be blamed for "politics of personal destruction" and "hate" no matter what we do or how cordial we try to be. By trying to "make nice", we will be playing into our own demise... and we'll still be demonized anyway.Comment Posted By Michael On 14.10.2008 @ 09:03
Thank you for a beautiful post that highlights my fears.
What troubles me most about what the Administration has done is its serial attempts to hide and obfuscate, rather than allow an open discussion about how to deal with a real problem. I am even more furious that the Congress has completely abdicated its responsibilities of oversight and law-making.
As (I hope) an honest man who tries to let facts determine positions, the possibility of torture doesn't particularly bother me. I have to allow that extreme circumstances might exist and that we wouldn't have a five thousand year history of torture if it weren't at least somewhat useful. (There are times I really don't like where logic can lead, but there you have it.)
At the same time, my comfort level is largely determined by how often it happens and by who makes the decisions. If five suspects have been tortured over the last seven years, I won't lose any sleep. If the number goes over fifty, I want the prosecution--now. Similarly, I don't want a GS-12--or worse, an E3--making the decision. I'd want a full-bore Presidential warrant, signed by the Congressional leadership--and I'd limit it to the first 36 hours after someone were captured.
And I'm in a similar boat with the indefinite detention. I can cope with holding combatants captured on a battlefield. Persons turned over by "friendly states" or "allied warlords" are a different matter. I'd also want to see some sort of independent review--kind of like how the law *already* permits the condemnation of a pirate in an Admiralty Court. (And yes, all US District Courts are authorized to hear admiralty cases--though they follow different rules of evidence and procedure.)
The war on terror (or the long war against Islamism) doesn't need to be fought under Marquis of Queensbury rules. But duels have their own rules, too.Comment Posted By Michael On 4.08.2008 @ 11:56
Obama is green, the Pastor Wright debacle shows it. He defended Wright, he even stated he would never disown him. Basically Wright was an Uncle to him. Just a month later after his the media campaign, Obama saw it was affecting people's outlook on him. So, he decided to eat his words and disown his former Pastor.
The questions remain, Pastor Wright is a racist and very anti-American, and one wonders how much influence did that church have on Obama, and how would affect his judgement if he were elected. When Wright took over that church, some people left early on, because he was too radical. Obama stayed.
Now as far as particulars, who knows Obama policy to help solve the housing crisis? Who knows his policy on solving raising food costs due to bio-fuels and a falling dollar? What's his plan for creating jobs, and what about China, what is his plan for slowing down the cost of jobs to that country? What is his plan about the terrorism in the middle east?
We know he wants to pull out of Iraq, and have some troops invade Pakistan without their permission in search for Bin Laden and fight the terrorists. We know he wants to expand health care. We know he wants to talk to all the enemies of the United States.
Basically he has said very little on the particulars. He's been more show than substance, part of that is not his fault because he's only a 2nd term Senator. But the other parts he doesn't mention might indicate he is more radical but doesn't want to alarm as many people as possible so he avoids mentioning those particulars.Comment Posted By Michael On 2.05.2008 @ 03:05
Why not just have George Soros pay for the new Democrat primaries in Florida and Michigan?Comment Posted By Michael On 6.03.2008 @ 19:58
Kudos to you Mr. Moran. I am a professor at a large NE U.S. University, and in my 6 years of teaching I have seen an apathy for learning that boggles the mind. The majority of my students care more about what is a passing score then what it takes to get an A. Amazingly the students that "always" do well, are those that are full time or near full time students and are working forty hours a week. I seriously don't even think half of them understand that they are "paying" for their classroom slumber and doodling. Keep up the good fight, I enjoy your objectiveness and patriotism.Comment Posted By Michael On 26.02.2008 @ 16:31
They all stink to no end, but hillabama would stick us with crappy Supreme Court that will strip our freedoms faster and more often than McCaint. This is really the lesser of two evilsâ€¦
We could still vote Ron Paul even with some of his ideas and views are wacky to me. That could basically shut down the government as we know it which might be a good thing compaired to the options above.Comment Posted By Michael On 12.02.2008 @ 21:11
McCain to his able brother Huckabee: "OH bringer of the Lord, why not stab good able brother Romney in the back?"
To which brother Huckabee replies, "Why not? I shall do as you say but for a price my after the deadly dead is done partner in crime."
After the deadly dead is done, the Lord God descends upon the two schemers & betrayers, and asks McCain, â€œWhere is your able brother Romney?â€
â€œI donâ€™t know,â€ McCain replied. â€œAm I my brother Romneyâ€™s guardian?â€
Then God said, â€œWhat have you done? Your brotherâ€™s blood cries out to Me from the ground! So now you are cursed [with alienation] from the ground that opened its mouth to receive your brotherâ€™s blood you have shed. If you work the land, it will never again give you its yield. You will be a restless wanderer on the earth.â€
One way or the other Reagan would have distanced himself from a politician such as the present-day McCain. Reagan would have made McCain look like faux "conservative" milk toast that he really is.Comment Posted By Michael On 6.02.2008 @ 16:08
Rick,Comment Posted By Michael On 7.02.2008 @ 21:52
I am a white, evangelical, conservative, male from the south. I think post-modern liberalism is a curse and a disease on our republic. I would love to see it vanquished. And yet, I must admit that when I have pondered myself the things that you mention in regard to Mr. Obama, there is an inner glee and excitement, a joy inside that makes me smile. It is an indication that King's dream has indeed arrived. Surely this glee must be tempered by the realities of our disintegrating national identity, but it is something that no matter where your politics reside we all can and should celebrate. Thanks for your insights. Cheers!