November 2, 2012

"American Conservative" Delenda Est!

You. Have. Got. To. Be. Frickin'. KIDDING ME. Check out the writers at the "American Conservative" and who they're voting for for President. Some for a "Virgil Goode," whomever that worthy gentleman might be. Some for Gary Johnson. A handful for Mitt Romney and if I count correctly, more than that number for...waiting for you to prepare your mind for the horror...Barack Hussein Obama.

But I do prophesy the election lights
On Fortinbras: he has my dying voice;
So tell him, with the occurrents, more and less,
Which have solicited. The rest is silence.

2012 Election Posted by Ellis Wyatt at November 2, 2012 2:44 PM

My gut reaction is to propound that "American Conservative," as used at that site, is two lies for the price of one.

Then I did a more thoughtful read.

I certainly appreciate the respect for ideological diversity among the opinions; unlike, say, HuffingPaint or PMSNBC, which is uniformly far leftist. The fact is that our opponents are monolithically in such lockstep that any black who dares leave the plantation, think for himself, and vote Republican is a traitorous Uncle Tom (something that is NOT an insult to anyone who has actually read Ms. Stowe's excellent book, by the way). Put another way, we are tolerant of an individual's right to be wrong, where they are intolerant of a serf's right to be free of the hivemind.

A number of the writers object to Romney's history of being other than lifelong, doctrinaire conservative; I'm gullible enough, perhaps, to have been persuaded Romney is more conservative himself than governing deep-blue Massachusetts allowed him to be. Even if I'm not right, he's better and more conservative that Obama, and that's inarguable.

I'd propose asking these writers to define "conservative" and tell what attributes demonstrate it, then explain how their candidate measures up against that standard. That could tell us more about the writers than the candidates...

Posted by: Keith Arnold at November 2, 2012 4:23 PM

I can do no better than quote me hero, FA Hayek: "Why I am Not a Conservative."

Posted by: jk at November 2, 2012 4:57 PM

KA - Yes, and yes. There are several writers there who I respect quite a lot, and several make a good anti-Neocon case; but that a "conservative" could vote for Obama is not comprehensible, at least to me.

For example, Leon Hadar: That is why I will vote for Obama, hoping also that a defeat for the Republican presidential ticket will ignite a serious debate on the future of the GOP and bring about changes in the leadership and direction of a party that seems to be currently dominated by the strange triumvirate of Dick Cheney, Rick Santorum, and John Galt.

(???). I suppose it could simply be that some writers for the "American Conservative" are actually not conservative, but that's a different problem.

ADDED: The idea of the nation led by the "triumvirate" of Cheney, Santorum and Galt is strangely appealing.

Posted by: Ellis Wyatt at November 2, 2012 5:02 PM

Well, "yes, no and yes." I both laugh and cry when a fellow anti-statist makes one or more of the following claims:

-"A defeat for the Republican presidential ticket will ignite a serious debate on the future of the GOP and bring about changes in the leadership and direction of [the] party." Yeah, like the defeat of McCain-Palin did. The TEA Party took its seat at the table and you're STILL pissin' and moanin'.

-"The American system must be allowed to implode before it can be rebuilt properly." Dude, Atlas Shrugged was a cautionary tale, not a blueprint!

The most powerful way to reform the Republican party is through competition, and the only serious competition will ever come from the other major party. The way to get "serious" reform of the GOP is to burn down and rebuild (or just peacefully reinvent) the Democrat party. Toward that end, see the article I Tweeted earlier today.

Posted by: johngalt at November 2, 2012 5:34 PM

Brother jg - thank you sir, your tweet did bring me to the article, which was a remarkable island of sanity for the PuffHo.

Posted by: Ellis Wyatt at November 2, 2012 6:17 PM | What do you think? [5]