A forum to discuss an article that might run on American Thinker

I’m heading in the pre-dawn hours tomorrow morning for a day of soccer far from home. I have reason to believe that something I wrote might run on American Thinker tomorrow (Saturday), and that people might want to comment about it here. (Indeed, those of you who visit my blog regularly may recognize what I wrote and even be able to wave hello to your own helpful contributions.) Therefore, consider this the open thread for the American Thinker article, or for anything else you might want to say.

All comments, of course, are subject to my usual blog rules. I’m always delighted with civil, rational input but, at the first opportunity, will destroy nonsense, obscenities, personal attacks, threats, racism, etc.

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  1. Matt B. says

    Just read the column on American Thinker.

    Well done! I think it is a mostly fair summary of both sides.

    A couple of quibbles: not sure the left would concede that taxes slow the economy. Not sure about “all citizens needs in all ways”. More like “help citizens when they have needs, especially the poor and historically disadvantaged.”

    Also maybe add an entry about treating all citizens equally vs. necessity to treat groups differently to rectify past discrimination.

    I will be forwarding it my friends!

    –Matt

  2. says

    Bookie, looks like you argue with the same Leftists I do.

    On substance, I thing you paint the broad Conservative areas well. The High School comparison is close as well. What gets me about some of the members of the “big tent” is that they are more than happy for someone to support them though they don’t agree with them on their “core issue” – but they would never return the favor (see Dobson).

    Selfish and immature attitude that does nothing but Perot like, put a Clinton in the White House. That old Perfect vs. Good issue.

  3. says

    I wonder if Rudy will buy into your “core conservative belief” on abortion….I mean, when has he ever been willing to affirm that

    “Roe v. Wade was a badly decided opinion that…should be overturned, so that the question of abortion can be returned to the states, where it belongs.”

    I happen to agree with you, which kind of leaves Rudy outside of the group we’d call “conservative”, which is why Dobson, along with many others, has a problem with voting for him. I’d also agree that the alternative has to be something beside staying home in 2008, because that will just elect Hillary…..the conservatives had better look over the field and get behind someone who shares their core beliefs if they wish to have a candidate other than Rudy Giuliani next year.

    Good summary.

  4. Mike Devx says

    Book, that is a very well written collection of compromise core beliefs that Conservatives in all cliques could rally around!

    The problem is that if any single issue is critical to you, you would not want to give up your demand that everyone toes the line.

    Religious conservatives want abortion banned, period, because it is murder. They want no half-measures. They will view your paragraph on abortion as mealy-mouthed and hopelessly conciliatory. And where did you address how homosexuality is destroying the moral fabric of American society? That’s very important to them as well.

    Libertarian conservatives (such as myself) see fiscal restraint and prudence as crucial and detest the fact that religious conservatives have become big-government proponents.

    Religious conservatives detest the fact that libertarian conservatives have no respect for traditional values, because traditional values often emphasize community well-being at the expense of individual freedom. These traditional values, however, WORK, and libertarians need to express support for them. Now THAT would be a compromise on our side!

  5. kevin says

    In honor of election day:

    Core Conservative Belief: Voting is the basis of our form of government and in order to preserve faith in the system, it is most important to minimize voter fraud even if that occasionally results in eligible people not being allowed to vote (e.g., they don’t take the time or have the initiative to get a free photo ID card, they didn’t register at least a month prior to the election, etc.)

    Progressive Belief: Voting is the basis of our form of government and in order to preserve faith in the system, it is most important that everyone gets to vote even if that occasionally results in voter fraud (e.g., illegal aliens, multiple votes by people registering the day of the elections making it impossible to verify their eligibility, felons, etc.)

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