Archive for March, 2009

A Black Conservative on the Future

March 24, 2009

Front page story on the new blog Parcbench has some interesting perspectives about black participation in the conservative movement.

Conservatives must understand and accept that black conservatives (especially those who still identify with the black community) are typically not going to garner 100 percent ACU ratings.  Some may support affirmative action. Some may support comprehensive immigration reform. Some may be more moderate on social issues.

I’m not sure that anyone who supports affirmative action can really be considered conservative, but it’s a discussion I’m willing to participate in. As for immigration reform, I’m in favor of changes that will bring in immigrants who want to be Americans and will make the country stronger and even richer culturally.

while modern day conservatives profess undying love for Ronald Reagan, they are unable to adhere to one of his most basic principles: “If we agree on 80 percent of the issues, then that person is a friend, not a 20 percent traitor”.

This really sums up the totality of the issue though.  Do the Republicans want to settle into the permanent back benchers that they were from 1965 through 1979 or do they want to grow the party and learn how to really lead the political discussion.  Growth means change and not everyone who comes in will have exactly the same opinions as those who are already there.  If they did, they’d have been there already.  It takes time to teach people how to fully open their eyes and minds to the true meaning of freedom and the clock is ticking.  The sooner we start, the sooner we’ll see a spectrum of ideas available in minority communities that goes further than left to far left.

Requiem for a Lightweight

March 24, 2009

Iowahawk as only he/she/it can.  Picture if you will:

A stark dressing room in the underbelly of the White House, bathed in the dim yellow light of a 25-watt compact fluorescent bulb. The dingy walls are plastered with Shepard Fairey “HOPE” posters. Off stage is heard the cringing, muffled gasps of a stunned arena audience. Suddenly the door bursts open and enters BARACK “BAM BAM” OBAMA, former champion, unconscious on a stretcher carried by his handlers — cut man TWINKLETOES EMANUEL, manager PAPPY AXELROD, SPITBUCKET BEGALA and SPINDOC GREENBURG. His nose is bleeding profusely, his eyes nearly swollen shut, and his forehead is embossed with a reverse “BRUNSWICK” from an errant bowling ball. They are trailed into the room by a pack of concerned sportswriters as they place the stretcher on a stark table.

When Counting Just Isn’t Good Enough…

March 24, 2009

Orson Scott Card tells it like it is on the upcoming census.  If you’re not scared, you ain’t been watching.

Wisdom from Siberia

March 3, 2009

Reading all the stories about high achievers considering the John Galt approach reminds me of a story from the book Mig Pilot written about the experiences of the Soviet fighter pilot Viktor Belenko who defected in a MiG 25.  During his college years, he worked in a manufacturing facility in Siberia where everyone showed up to work and basically went through the motions until the temperature fell to a point where the machinery had to be shut down, then the serious drinking started.  One day he asked a senior worker who was incredibly skilled why he didn’t work harder to improve the country.  The older man allowed that he could probably produce his entire quota of work in two hours but that doing so would only bring a higher quota.