Saturday, June 26, 2010

Repeating The Cycle

Instapundit linked to the RS McCain blog which was discussing the resignation of Washington Post reporter David Weigel. I found this comment there of interest:

Danby June 25th, 2010 @ 5:41 pm

The deal here Stacy is that Weigel was NEVER A CONSERVATIVE. He’s not a member of set B. He’s a member of set F, the so-called cosmopolitan Libertarians. In other words he’s pro-drug, pro-abortion, pro-perversity, the kind of guy who writes for Reason. He is for a smaller government, but only because government interferes with absolute personal autonomy. Somehow, in the current political climate that puts him on the right.
I'm a member of the government can't fix the drug problem, government can't fix the abortion problem, and government can't fix the perversity problem libertarian right (government can kill people and break things - which is useful in some very limited situations).

I have a lot of trouble with conservatives who believe government can fix much of anything. So to my conservative friends all I can say is:

Your faith in government is misplaced

Liberals believe government can fix things by money taken at the point of a gun. Conservatives skip the money part and go straight for the guns. (gross generalizations of course but this is a a blog post not a footnoted essay)

I dunno - haven't conservatives ever heard of limited government?

Conservatives lost control of Congress when they painted themselves as the social control party. Liberals will be losing over being the economic control party. Do we wish to keep repeating that cycle?

Cross Posted at Classical Values


RavingDave said...

A Friend and I discuss from time to time, the effect of money from Washington. The various levels of government (State, County, Municipal) are absolutely addicted to it. They are constantly trying to wrangle "Grants" of money from the Feds to do this or that. The notion that the Feds are broke and shouldn't be spending the money simply never occurs to anyone in the Smaller governments.

The Fact, is, Federal money is nothing but a drug addiction.(Sex is also a "Drug addiction" for some. The drugs are secreted by brain cells in response to the correct stimulus.) I see no useful solution to the problem other than depriving the addicts of their drug.

Do you have a different take?

p.s. How appropriate. The Word Verification is "graedi". :)

M. Simon said...

It is not too hard to stop people from doing bad things to others. It is very hard and very expensive to stop people from doing bad things to themselves. It requires minders. And to be lawful everyone will require a minder. Or we could require only those who have been proven to have done bad things to themselves to have minders. This will require secret police. Or as we prefer in the land of the free undercover agents.

I'm sure such a society will be nothing like other countries infested with secret police.

M. Simon said...

Every conservative worthy of the name declares that government doesn't work.

Except for solving their pet problem. This gives liberals bad ideas. Why you want to go there?