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Awful Blogger

Posted in Conservatism, Politics with tags , , , , on May 22, 2010 by Cannon

Yep, that’s me. It’s like I’ve fallen off the face of the blogging earth. Luckily, I don’t have a ton of fans to disappoint. I must do better. I blog about as often as Eric Holder (a.k.a. Stedman) reads the legislation he criticizes. I heard someone on TV saying today that if Alberto Gonzalez had done such a thing he’d be labeled a stooge. So true.

What about Richard Blumenthal? Though he has caught some flack from leftist media types, he would have been drawn and quartered if he were a conservative. Republicans really don’t have it together yet, though. They let John Murtha’s old seat slip through their hands. It seems the public is breaking right so to speak. All Republicans have to do is be coherent and tenacious. In other words, they have to do a better job campaigning in November than I’ve done at blogging as of late. And that my friends is not a huge hurdle to clear.

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Will the Real Conservatives Please Stand Up

Posted in Conservatism with tags , , , , , , , , on October 5, 2009 by Cannon

I watched a video on Andrew Sullivan’s blog.  In it Sullivan sort of explained how Obama is kind of a conservative.  Click here for the aforementioned interview.   Hopefully the video will load, and you can see what I’m talking about.  Personally, I’m not a fan of Sullivan’s ideas regarding conservatism.  He’s a talented writer and probably a genuinely bright guy.  With that said, when you contend that Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin are nothing more than radical populists, but President Obama could conceivably be thought of as a Tory – think Margaret Thatcher – people are going to question what’s really in that wine glass.  Although Beck’s done some great work (i.e. the ACORN/prostitute/housing scandal), I think he plays a little fast and loose with the facts (i.e. money supply growth graph).  In regard to Palin, at this point I feel there are people who would be better suited for the job of president – the current inhabitant of that position not included.  The liberal blogosphere and media have unmercifully flogged the woman and her family.  Sarah Palin has just as much right to express her opinions as Andrew Sullivan or the feeble-minded anchors and correspondents on MSNBC.  Like Obama, many people like her.  Let it go.

I wonder if Sullivan is still miffed about Forbes labeling him as an influential liberal blogger.  Frankly, I tend to use Milton Friedman, someone who didn’t describe himself as conservative but as a classical liberal, as my conservative benchmark.  Given the terminology of the day, I believe Friedman embodied what I view as modern conservatism.  I couldn’t see Friedman supporting the major government overhaul of the health care system – what Obama has supported is major government intervention despite what Sullivan claims.  Knowing what we knew of the current president at the time of his election, it would be hard to imagine Milton Friedman supporting Obama.  Sullivan supported Obama for president, and he doesn’t see the proposed  health care plan (sort of a mythical moving target in its own right) as being at odds with his conservative sensibilities.

Bottom line:  labels are subjective to an extent.  I could say that Dick Cheney is a left-wing pacifist.  I could say it.  The few people that happen upon this blog might make sure not to happen upon this blog again, but I could say it.  Those groups still enamored with the ideal that is the Obama presidency are going to be forced to wake up sometime toward the end of 2010.  The Republicans may not gain control, but the momentum between the coasts clearly is in their favor.

However one chooses to describe these people is fine with me.  Be warned though, your assessment may cause thoughtful individuals to see you as out of touch.  Anyone with half a brain can see the company Obama keeps, his scant voting record as a U.S. Senator and the policies he’s chosen to push.  Furthermore, the people protesting against increased spending and the over-reach of government should not be minimized.  They didn’t clash with police or destroy much, so I guess their grievances aren’t legit.  Most media outlets have chosen to mostly ignore their rather large demonstrations, only to reference these people as out of the mainstream.  Ms. Pelosi describes tea partiers as “astroturf.”  That’s classy.  I find these tactics to be condescending and lazy.  “Southern Populism?”  Are you kidding me, Mr. Sullivan.  Yes, we Southerners are too ignorant to understand what being a true conservative really is.  It’s important to break out of the liberal internationalist bubble from time to time.  There’s a vast country beyond Washington D.C.

Mark Levin Writes Wildly Successful Book, Beacons of Liberal Media Don’t Review It

Posted in Conservatism, Media with tags , , , on October 1, 2009 by Cannon

This news is oldish in nature, but worth pointing out.  Mark Levin, conservative radio show host and constitutional law expert, wrote a little book titled Liberty and Tyranny:  A Conservative Manifesto.  This particular read has now cleared the one million mark for copies sold, and it maintained the top position on the New York Times non-fiction bestseller list for 24 straight weeks.  It’s currently at number seven.  Funny thing, the New York Times and the Washington Post haven’t reviewed the book.  I guess since it wasn’t by Paul Krugman, or someone else of that ilk, the book should be ignored.

Well, I’m proud to have read Liberty and Tyranny a few months back, and it’s excellent.  I’m pretty close to reading it again.  Levin’s writing style is easy to follow and engaging, and the subject matter is extremely well researched.  “The Great One” knows what he’s talking about.  He’s put in the work, and it shows.  So, congratulations to Mark Levin.  If you haven’t read Liberty and Tyranny and want to better understand what modern conservatism is all about via one of the most intelligent conservative thinkers walking the earth, read it.