A few of you have asked me (politely, for the most part) if I’m turning liberal. So I think I need to issue a clarification.
I’m still pro-life, anti-tax, anti-regulation, anti-giant entitlements, pretty much a hawk and supportive of military force and executive power, for school vouchers, for tort reform, for free trade, and I am still supportive of other conservative causes. I think the difference between me and most conservatives is that I think governing is hard work, and I don’t see sinister plans to take away liberty or bankrupt us in every piece of legislation. That difference has become a huge sticking point now that a growing number of conservatives have decided to join things like the John Birch Society, mumble about “revolution” and shooting tyrants, give approval to things like anti-abortion terrorism, and display some very ugly attitudes about race and say they’re just being anti-PC.
So here’s the deal: I support GOP candidates that aren’t lunatics and trying their best to learn how to govern well. I do not support everyone who supports them, and am very skeptical of the Tea Party crowd for the most part. The Tea Party crowd plays a game with the GOP, threatening candidates with “they’ll never vote Republican again” and then admitting in numerous places that they’ve only voted for crackpot candidates if they’ve been voting previously. In other words, when they’re not threatening people in government with violence, they’re also pretending to be a part of a party while not doing anything for the party all the while. Their threat isn’t going to hold any water with me, because I want those people out of the GOP – not just for their craziness, but their duplicity.
So yeah, I’ll back GOP candidates that are sensible. But while backing them, I will help expose and attack their more extreme backers when I can. I can’t chronicle all the excesses of Left and Right, and I know the account this blog will end up giving will be incomplete and problematic. It’s a blog – some people are going to take more heat than others, and it won’t always be deserved. But we really don’t live in times where I can afford to be silent. It’s my country too, and I know if I stay silent, I’m only asking to be marginalized.