Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Fiscal and Small-Government Conservatives Need Social Conservatives

I just came across this American Thinker piece by self-described agnostic libertarian Randall Hoven, who has a strong defense of conservatism from a libertarian standpoint that all who consider themselves moderates, centrists, libertarians, social liberals, secular conservatives, or any combination or variation thereof really ought to read to get a better idea of who their real friends and enemies are.  In particular, the following passage supports something I've believed and argued for a long time:
I'm still searching for the mythical creature that is the "financially conservative, socially liberal" politician.  In virtually every case, the pro-abortion or pro-gay marriage politician is the first to vote against a tax cut, the first to vote for more spending and quick to compromise principles on any issue there is.

Using the National Journal's ratings of Senators in 2007 , the correlation coefficient between "economic" scores and "social" scores is 90%.  That means they almost always go together; financial conservatives are social conservatives and vice versa.   Every Senator scoring above 60 in economic issues, scored above 50 in social ones.  Every Senator scoring below 40 in economic issues, scored below 50 in social ones.  If there is such an animal as a "financial conservative, social liberal", it does not exist in the US Senate.

Ann Coulter Speaks, Despicable People Lie About It. Film at Eleven.

Remember that speech to gay conservatives Ann Coulter was going to give? Well, it happened the other day, and just as I expected, Ann proved her critics full of it, as usual. I'll have a more thorough follow-up on NewsReal a little later (UPDATE: here it is), but for now, let's look at one example of the shamelessly-dishonest reactions the gay Left has dished out in response. At some worthless magazine called Instinct, some degenerate called Jonathan Higbee writes:
As expected, the "Judy Garland of the conservative base," Ann Coulter, displayed nothing short of offensive anti-gay rhetoric at GOProud's Homocon event over the weekend. What hundreds of wealthy GLBT paid GOProud (and therefore paid Coulter) to hear? That "gay marriage" is wrong, that gay babies should be aborted and that parents don't want their children learning about the GLBT community in school. Where else could the $150,000 speaking fee GOProud paid Coulter have gone?
Jonathan Higbee, you are as contemptible a liar as they come. For one thing, believing that civil marriage has a societal purpose connected to procreation isn't anti-gay, and if you had a conscience, you'd admit it. But we know you don't have a conscience, because your next lie - accusing Coulter of saying "gay babies should be aborted" - is even more foul. I know you know it's a lie, because you posted her actual words just a few inches lower. And given your obvious hatred of truth and independent thought, I'm sure a conversation with you about a parent's right to decide when his or her child is ready for sexual subject matter would be another exercise in futility.

Jonathan Higbee, it's not your sexual orientation that makes you an individual society should look upon with shock and revulsion. It's your utter lack of integrity. The same goes for whatever publication so devoid of ethics that they'd give your filth a platform.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Pro-Life Resource Update

Thanks to a handy page on Pro-Life on Campus, I've updated my blog post presenting the evidence that modern science unambiguously considers human life to begin at fertilization/conception. It's a helpful one-stop reference that has the potential to convert the simply misinformed; if you haven't bookmarked it already, please do so right away.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Around the Web

At NewsReal, here's Kathy Shaidle on the vile George Soros. 

Wouldn't you know it: no sooner did I complete and submit Monday's NewsReal post on Obama's tax policies than I come across the Heritage Foundation's analysis of the very same subject. Read 'em both.

The late Michael Jackson is getting a video game. Umm....

Two thoughtful challenges to libertarians' rosy predictions about drug legalization, courtesy of economist Craig Newmark and the Heritage Foundation. (And while we're on the subject, here's an oldie-but-goodie from Robert Stacy McCain.)

John Hawkins takes on Republicans (sadly, including Paul Ryan) who insipidly propose "truces" on social issues.

Michael Rubin identifies fun and games in Turkey.

I'm glad to see the folks at RedState notice the stench around David Frum.

And apparently Barack Obama and Sarah Palin are going to share an appearance in an upcoming Archie storyline. Here's hoping they keep it truly non-partisan.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Was Ronald Reagan a Libertarian?

Libertarians often quote Ronald Reagan as saying the following:
If you analyze it I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism. I think conservatism is really a misnomer just as liberalism is a misnomer for the liberals–if we were back in the days of the Revolution, so-called conservatives today would be the Liberals and the liberals would be the Tories. The basis of conservatism is a desire for less government interference or less centralized authority or more individual freedom and this is a pretty general description also of what libertarianism is.
End of story? Not exactly. The quote continues as follows:
Now, I can’t say that I will agree with all the things that the present group who call themselves Libertarians in the sense of a party say, because I think that like in any political movement there are shades, and there are libertarians who are almost over at the point of wanting no government at all or anarchy. I believe there are legitimate government functions. There is a legitimate need in an orderly society for some government to maintain freedom or we will have tyranny by individuals. The strongest man on the block will run the neighborhood. We have government to insure that we don’t each one of us have to carry a club to defend ourselves. But again, I stand on my statement that I think that libertarianism and conservatism are travelling the same path.
Reagan recognized limited government, markets, and individual liberty as substantial common ground between the two philosophies, but on today's biggest points of contention between conservatives and libertarians - abortion, marriage, drugs, and defense - he sided with the former. So should we.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Hey John, Your Boss Is Lying Again (UPDATED)

William Jacobson catches ScumForum spreading more dishonesty about Christine O'Donnell, reposting uncritically from none other than Libel Green Footballs. I wonder how John Guardiano feels about his publication's tendency toward that sort of thing.

UPDATE: Speaking of Guardiano, it turns out that Andy McCarthy, who Guardiano accused of "reconsider[ing] whether the First Amendment ought even to apply to Muslims," opposes banning the burqa. I trust we'll be seeing John's apology any day now...

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Quote of the Week

I appreciate that Rove is called “the architect” by his admirers – possibly by virtue of transforming what should have been a walkover against an empty suit like John Kerry into a squeaker and meeting the attacks and slanders against the Bush administration with some of the most tepid and ineffectual responses in modern history (effectively surrendering the narrative to the Left) – but I’m sure this time he’s onto something.

People of Color at the Tea Parties

This video says it all:



This should obliterate the American people's trust in the mainstream media for the foreseeable future.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Democrat Tax-Cut Propaganda Obliterated

Michael Eden at Start Thinking Right has a must-read article destroying the Democrats' lies on tax cuts. Be sure to take the time to read the whole thing to learn all sorts of good stuff, not the least of which being the discovery of which radical right-wing corporate stooge said the following:
“Our tax system still siphons out of the private economy too large a share of personal and business purchasing power and reduces the incentive for risk, investment and effort – thereby aborting our recoveries and stifling our national growth rate.”

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Huh

A couple weeks back, deranged commenter ObamaYoMama angrily accused me of lying when I characterized him as saying Islam's "not really a religion." So imagine my surprise (well, okay, I wasn't that surprised) to see him today say that Islam "is not really a religion." Huh.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Thoughts on 9/11


On September 11, I was still in middle school. Around the middle of an otherwise-unremarkable school day, we began to hear unsettling murmurs of a plane hitting a skyscraper somewhere. Near the end of the day, our English teacher told us that it was the World Trade Center, and two planes had been deliberately rammed into it, causing the towers to collapse and kill God knows how many people.

It was a sickening wake-up call. Such monstrosities simply didn't happen on American soil outside of the movies. I had been starting to develop a mild interest in politics prior to 9/11 (due in large part to abortion), but the sudden death of 3,000 civilians for nothing more than getting on a plane or showing up to work in the morning drove home the urgency of political involvement. It wasn't just far-away bickering; what our country did or didn't do could have serious real-world implications. I was no soldier, but if I could use the skills I did have to prevent this from happening to anyone else again, I was in.

Nine years later, the political landscape isn't as neatly divided between right and wrong, problem and solution as it once seemed - as admirably steadfast as he was in the beginning, George W. Bush's execution of the Iraq War and his failure to root out political correctness in the military may have disastrous long-term ramifications for the war, and the libertarian trends in the Tea Party movement are threatening to take the Right's eye off the ball entirely. Even so, the broad strokes are still there:

Either we believe in fighting those who wish us harm, or we don't.

Either we believe in denying them the means to cause mass destruction, or we don't.

Either we believe in honestly examining their motives - including religious - or we don't.

Either we understand that endlessly talking to the irrational is itself irrational, or we don't.

Either we understand that those who want us dead will accept no concession other than our death, or we don't.

Either we see 9/11 for what it was - pure, unadulterated evil - and understand the ramifications for our future, or we don't. 

We don't need new investigations into what "really" happened. We don't need hand-wringing about whether or not we deserved it in some way, or whether or not we're becoming the bad guys in response. We don't need to keep indulging those who insist on lying about us and about our enemies. We simply need to ask ourselves whether or not we're prepared to pay any price or bear any burden to prevent it from happening again.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Rave Reviews 5!


Ladies and gentlemen, after a long, inexcusable hiatus, I’m thrilled to announce that Rave Reviews is back! We’ve got a lot of catching up to do, so sit back and feel the love!

“I bet he’s also one of Tom Krannawitter’s lapdogs…er…lapcats?” - Conimbricenses

“Don’t even pretend like you’re interested in a debate. You’ve already made up your mind…Your and other’s immaturity is the reason why I left the Republican party.” - Eagle

“I stand by my original contention that Sean Hannity is a racist and that Mr. Freiburger’s defense of said racism suggests that he too might harbor the same sentiments…He really is overinflated with his sense of self-importance.”Priscilla

“Damn Calvin, I never dreamed you could stoop so low. But, unfortunately, I was obviously wrong… you couldn’t be more naïve… silly and asinine… extremely sensitive political correct sensibilities.” - ObamaYoMama

“Behold the ‘Vitriolic Right’ for whom all politics is personal, nasty & vicious.” - John Guardiano

“Holy cow, what a blowhard!... a loudmouth undergrad from a joke of a college with an unread blog who looks like a nerdier Harry Potter.” - anon

“Gee Calvin, you must have taken ‘Attempted Insult Lessons 101’…” - Pat

“Don’t give Calvin a pass on being a class A tool himself.” - Scott Feldstein

“Many of the posters here, especially ‘Calvin,’ should come to the realization that courts don’t give a flaming rat’s ass what you personally think, nor does anyone else in the entire world except you.” - Zorky

“Is this what passes for honest intellectual debate at Hillsdale these days? That’s a sad and surprising revelation if so.” - M. O'Neal

“You surely attempt to sound middle ground on this and fair. But you really aren't.” - Robert

“I believe Mr. Freiburger writes these pieces so often because he is extremely insecure.” - Mike

“What nonsense!” - tramky

“Nice article, although you misunderstand Christianity.” - @InvisibleAir

“Your hatred of Obama is really off the charts. Where were you when Bush Jr was wrecking the country and the world?” - ganymede

“Yet the Puritan need to control and "perfect" others continues - on the right and the left. Give it up. The world can't take any more of your good intentions.” - R Sweeney

“Don't waste your time with Calvin Freiburger. He is the most intellectually dishonest person I have encountered to the right of Karl Marx.” - The Inquisitor

“Even if you aren't violent, you are fanning the flames, inciting those that may be on the edge. There is more at stake here than whether someone is for or against the issue. There is the rule of law. This misogynistic thinking imitates Sharia law. This is America.” - Naomi Litvin

“Calvin, you are being deliberately obtuse.” - Optimus Maximus

“Your analogous safety-fascist measures all decrease safety… It is precisely the lack of principled commitment to freedom you exemplify that has allowed liberty to recede and tyranny to gain ground in America.” - Tim Starr

“Calvin, it appears you have forgotten what America is all about! Oh no!” - britney12

“‘Conservatives’ like you are no friend to truth.” - headjanitor

“When you can't answer a question, simply attempt to mock the questioner.” - QSuzy

“You're obviously a leftist posing as a conservative to meet your own ends, whatever those may be. Either that or you're a practicing homosexual yourself.” - Trucon

“You can take your totalitarianism and shove it up your a$$ with a d!ld0.” - aspacia

“You definitely have an anger management problem. It seems anyone disagreeing with your interpretation of history ends up with comments about them like the ones above. Grow up!” - kwg1

"Calvin, you REALLY don't want me to start in on your writing style. To be honest a lot of your work resembles a right wing version of the Huffington Post screed." - Joseph Veca

Calvin Freiburger Online: shouldn't you be reading? 

Rave Reviews 5!


Ladies and gentlemen, after a long, inexcusable hiatus, I’m thrilled to announce that Rave Reviews is back! We’ve got a lot of catching up to do, so sit back and feel the love!

“I bet he’s also one of Tom Krannawitter’s lapdogs…er…lapcats?” - Conimbricenses

“Don’t even pretend like you’re interested in a debate. You’ve already made up your mind…Your and other’s immaturity is the reason why I left the Republican party.” - Eagle

“I stand by my original contention that Sean Hannity is a racist and that Mr. Freiburger’s defense of said racism suggests that he too might harbor the same sentiments…He really is overinflated with his sense of self-importance.”Priscilla

“Damn Calvin, I never dreamed you could stoop so low. But, unfortunately, I was obviously wrong… you couldn’t be more naïve… silly and asinine… extremely sensitive political correct sensibilities.” - ObamaYoMama

“Behold the ‘Vitriolic Right’ for whom all politics is personal, nasty & vicious.” - John Guardiano

“Holy cow, what a blowhard!... a loudmouth undergrad from a joke of a college with an unread blog who looks like a nerdier Harry Potter.” - anon

“Gee Calvin, you must have taken ‘Attempted Insult Lessons 101’…” - Pat

“Don’t give Calvin a pass on being a class A tool himself.” - Scott Feldstein

“Many of the posters here, especially ‘Calvin,’ should come to the realization that courts don’t give a flaming rat’s ass what you personally think, nor does anyone else in the entire world except you.” - Zorky

“Is this what passes for honest intellectual debate at Hillsdale these days? That’s a sad and surprising revelation if so.” - M. O'Neal

“You surely attempt to sound middle ground on this and fair. But you really aren't.” - Robert

“I believe Mr. Freiburger writes these pieces so often because he is extremely insecure.” - Mike

“What nonsense!” - tramky

“Nice article, although you misunderstand Christianity.” - @InvisibleAir

“Your hatred of Obama is really off the charts. Where were you when Bush Jr was wrecking the country and the world?” - ganymede

“Yet the Puritan need to control and "perfect" others continues - on the right and the left. Give it up. The world can't take any more of your good intentions.” - R Sweeney

“Don't waste your time with Calvin Freiburger. He is the most intellectually dishonest person I have encountered to the right of Karl Marx.” - The Inquisitor

“Even if you aren't violent, you are fanning the flames, inciting those that may be on the edge. There is more at stake here than whether someone is for or against the issue. There is the rule of law. This misogynistic thinking imitates Sharia law. This is America.” - Naomi Litvin

“Calvin, you are being deliberately obtuse.” - Optimus Maximus

“Your analogous safety-fascist measures all decrease safety… It is precisely the lack of principled commitment to freedom you exemplify that has allowed liberty to recede and tyranny to gain ground in America.” - Tim Starr

“Calvin, it appears you have forgotten what America is all about! Oh no!” - britney12

“‘Conservatives’ like you are no friend to truth.” - headjanitor

“When you can't answer a question, simply attempt to mock the questioner.” - QSuzy

“You're obviously a leftist posing as a conservative to meet your own ends, whatever those may be. Either that or you're a practicing homosexual yourself.” - Trucon

“You can take your totalitarianism and shove it up your a$$ with a d!ld0.” - aspacia

“You definitely have an anger management problem. It seems anyone disagreeing with your interpretation of history ends up with comments about them like the ones above. Grow up!” - kwg1

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Around the Web

Chris Barnhart has a series of thoughtful observations on a Florida group planning to burn Korans this September 11.

What does the 14th Amendment's citizenship clause really mean?

What kind of sex-obsessed nut do you have to be to consider the Left too puritanical on sex-related issues?

This weekend, I counted down the top seven manifestations of education bias in America for NewsReal. Zombie has some solutions.

Barack Obama can't stop whining about his job. Y'know, Barry, if we're too mean for your, you don't have to run again in 2012....

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Ye Hypocrites!

James Jae Lee, the guy who held the Discovery Channel offices hostage, was a nut. He alone was responsible for his actions. It is, however, noteworthy that our culture's self-proclaimed arbiters of virtue and civility in the media, who see virtually every expression of conservative speech or activism as a potential catalyst for murder and mayhem, don't seem all that interested about Lee's stated leftist influences. It'll be interesting to see if anyone even calls him an eco-terrorist.

Not surprisingly, the biggest hypocrite turns out to be Drama Rat himself, Charles Johnson, who actually has the gall to lecture us about not smearing an entire movement with the actions of one nut. Again: least self-aware blogger EVER.

John Guardiano Responds, Fails (Updated)

As much as I once applauded and cited some of John Guardiano's work, I could never get over his devotion to the deplorable David Frum, whose dishonesty should repulse all men of goodwill, regardless of political leanings. But his increasingly-hyperbolic attacks on Islam's critics - including falsely accusing Andy McCarthy of wanting to strip Muslims of First Amendment protection - have confirmed that he and Frum are two peas in a pod.

Guardiano has responded to my post on that point. Since the evidence he originally offered was bogus, he now claims the proof is in McCarthy's latest book, where McCarthy discusses how Islam is not merely a religion, but also a comprehensive social and political program, and therefore not everything that falls under the banner of "Islam" is constitutionally protected.

The problem, of course, is that McCarthy's right about both Islam and the general principle that not every "religious" act is covered by freedom of religion. Witch-burning is just one of many things that members of other religions could claim their faith demands; would Guardiano say that by making such an obvious statement, I'm advocating denying First Amendment protection to Puritans? Further, neither statement comes close to claiming that Muslims deserve no religious liberty, or that no aspect of Islam is constitutionally protected.

So, yes, John, you lied about Andy McCarthy, because - like the deranged blowhard you work for - you are psychologically disposed to assume the worst from people who say things the "wrong" way.

I just have three more things to say to John. First, how can you in good conscience write for such a dishonest, demagogic website as FrumForum? Second, as David Swindle has noted, you have yet to clearly demonstrate that your foes' assessment of Islam is wrong.  Lastly, yes, I believe the Founders would respect Muslims' true religious liberties, it's worth noting which assessment of Islam our forefathers would find more accurate. Hint: it's not yours.

Update: In response, whining about "nastiness." If I were him, I'd be more concerned about having allied myself with the dishonest "Right" rather than the "vitriolic."
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