Bush Sums Up Own Presidency

Via Boing Boing, of all places, here’s Bush making perhaps the most nakedly precise statement I’ve seen from a politician in ages: “I’ve abandoned free-market principles to save the free-market system.” — George Bush, at 1:40 in this CNN video. (via Slate) And for me, no matter the context in which he said it (I […]

A Proper Republican Party Platform – Or a Nudge to Political Independence

Had the Republican Party presented this sort of platform, they’d be celebrating and America wouldn’t be facing such frightening prospects: I voted Republican in 1996, 2000, and 2004. I believe in limited government, individual rights, free market capitalism, a strong national defense, and the right to keep and bear arms – positions that one normally […]

On Limited Government, Conservatives, and Majority Rule

P.J. O’Rourke is patently wrong here: If the citizenry insists that abortion remain legal–and, in a passive and conflicted way, the citizenry seems to be doing so–then give the issue a rest. The measure of a law’s legitimacy is not whether the citizenry “insists” on it. In this case, prohibiting abortion would be no more right if […]

What the Republican Party Should and Shouldn’t Do

Confusing title aside, I essentially agree with this post on Little Green Footballs: Should the GOP Double Down on Social Conservatism?:  If the GOP decides to go in the Bobby Jindal direction (fundamental Christianity, creationism, hard-line anti-abortionism, aggressively anti-gay rights), it will be committing political suicide. As much as anything else, this election was a referendum […]