L.N. Smithee,Comment Posted By funny man On 19.02.2009 @ 18:04
do you honestly think Al Sharpton is taken serious in the black community. Just go to any black barber shop to find out. People know what he is.
I think we can build on the self reliant, fun and creative side of conservatism. Not the over the top liberal bashing I'm soooo tired off. I believe only our creativity can get us out of this mess. Take science for example. How can we best create a fuel efficient, sustainable economy? Is the DOE system really the best way to stimulate success in this area? You can't really always say "Ohh, government needs to get out of the way, that is the problem". Not necessarily so. If you look at China and India who invested heavily into their education and research, you can see a vast improvement. However, the United States is still the leader in many fields because we try to foster this creative environment both at Universities and private companies by not being over regulated and controlled by government agencies. Allowing a little anarchy sometimes does wonder!
You might say, what does that have to do with conservatism? To me it has everything to do with it. You need the private sector as well as the government to have world class science but most of all you need a passion for your goal and the courage to have fun. Maybe it is the ultimate fun for some to be vindictive and it has to be the same old 'global warming hoax', Al Gore this' evolution is nothing but a theory' over and over again. Wtf, yawn. I for one want to work on solutions to get us out of our foreign oil dependency by for example improving the efficiency of microbial hydrogen production.Comment Posted By funny man On 16.02.2009 @ 23:31
Lastly, as I have stated before if we are not even close to being competitive in New England, West Coast and Lord behold New York City it might be quite some time in the wilderness (sure, grave mistakes by Obama might shorten this). Perhaps the 'say it louder' faction of my fellow conservatives have to feel to believe and the inevitable outcome of a Palin 2012 run might make them more accessible to reason.
bsjones,Comment Posted By funny man On 10.02.2009 @ 11:42
kind of enjoyed your rant. I believe some of us were used by Wall Street as useful idiots "government is the problem" they shouted and turned to whole place in a gigantic casino. That has nothing to do with conservative principles but with greed and more greed. I still wonder where all the money is. However, I truly believe capitalism can't work without vigorous government oversight. I didn't always think so but current events show me that most humans will do a lot of things if they think they can get away with it. Regarding party affiliation; I never thought that had any bearing on moral conduct, no difference there.
How about a libertarian/paleocon/new left movement with Ron Paul, Ralph Nader, Eugene McCarthy. Well sort of, you know what I mean.Comment Posted By funny man On 7.02.2009 @ 22:42
Part of the conservative movement is quite idealistic and can be libertarian e.g. the belief that many things can best be dealt locally ergo the federal government stay out. While I believe there is some truth to it, the smaller you are as a unit the more vulnerable you are. For example, let's assume you are the only game in town, the only mining company in East Tennessee. Wouldn't you be able to get away with (environmental) murder because people would be scared to loose there jobs. Here government should give protection through federal laws.Comment Posted By funny man On 7.02.2009 @ 19:40
Another example: I know a lot of you think the EU is just a useless bloated bureaucracy. However, a lot of Europeans also know that size does matter especially when dealing with trade conflicts with bigger entities such as the US or China.
So while I agree on many initiatives to reduce 'bloated' government, I'm against the notion that 'government' by itself is bad. They are still our elected representatives.
The problem always arises when dogmatic believers see reality but then make it go away because 'it can't be'. Perfect example of that was the Soviet Union. Communism has(d) a set of 'unshakable' beliefs that even reality couldn't challenge. Unfortunately, as you point out in your piece that can be applied to some conservatives as well and then you are Rick the Bolshevik (Funny though, you must admit). However, I do have hope as in this blog.Comment Posted By funny man On 6.02.2009 @ 16:23
Sara in VA,Comment Posted By funny man On 5.02.2009 @ 22:41
what in the world are you trying to say? Ok, you don't like Muslims and Obama. So what is your suggestions to get our economy going again and to improve relations to the Arab (and Muslim) world? Please no all Democrats, Obama, Rhino are bad gibberish; just your ideas of what might work.
Jackson1234,Comment Posted By funny man On 5.02.2009 @ 17:07
if you spend that much money even for idiotic projects that is going to create a lot of jobs. That is the easy part. However, the difficulty is sustainable job growth.
I see the biggest danger in a complete overhaul of the American economic system as under FDR. However, it is true that some of the beliefs on our side, e.g. self regulating capacity of free markets has come under strain to put it mildly. Obama has the possibility for this big change simply because of the magnitude of the crisis. However, when I read some of the responses here and elsewhere from our side, I just despair. For one, we should just say Good-bye to this stupid notion that he is an empty suit, doesn't have any clue etc. If you don't respect your opponent you have already lost! Then there is the obsession about some loony lefty bloggers. Who cares? I mean I don't care about the nutcases at Hot Air either.Comment Posted By funny man On 5.02.2009 @ 12:58
Rick did a great job explaining to me what went wrong a few posts down but where do we go from here? It is likely the stimulus will pass and create a lot of jobs. The question for me is: what happens after the money runs out in 2010? I don't know how the world economy will look like then. There could be a trade war with China, another conflict etc. However, if Obama pulls of a significant economic recovery because or DESPITE the stimulus package (and other measures; since I'm sure this is not the end of it) we would have a major realignment of American politics at hand. I have always maintained in my comments that we have to be a movement that has the ability to evolve with ideas not partisan nonsense. So what kind of plan do we suggest?
Rick,Comment Posted By funny man On 1.02.2009 @ 00:44
thanks for clarifying. Truth be told, this sounds rather Kafkaesque. So people played around with securities that they thought had worth but then they didn't. However, some people made some really good money, didn't they? You did a good job though to convince me we are in quite a mess. At least plenty of stuff for future novelists; does that also fall under stimulus package?