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July 5, 2013

Most Think Founders Would be Disappointed in U.S.

by thoughtfulconservative

A new Gallup survey finds that despite a high 85% of Americans saying they are “extremely” or “very” proud to be an American, 71% say the signers of the Declaration of Independence would be disappointed in today’s United States, while 27% say they would be pleased.

via Most Think Founders Would be Disappointed in U.S..

I’m not sure what they would be disappointed with. Conservatives and libertarians may feel they would be disappointed with how big government became and how dependent we are on it. Liberals no doubt think it would be how a few seems to have influence over the many.

I think they’d be pretty happy that their experiment has lasted this long.

January 11, 2011

I Wonder…

by thoughtfulconservative

I wonder sometimes…

Only those on a desert island (who wouldn’t be reading this anyway) haven’t heard about the tragic shooting of many people including the serious wounding of a US Congresswoman and the killing of a Federal judge.

The shooter by all appearances is a troubled young such as those who have dotted the American landscape, pretty much since the republic was founded.

Recriminations began. Those on the left blamed inflamed political rhetoric centering on a well-know few. Concerns about gun violence were aired as well, citing the right’s continued insistence on 2nd amendment rights.

One network even talked about such words as “campaign,” “war room,” and “target” used in a political sense.

Conservatives (and others) responded by saying that the shooter had no political beliefs, and that controls on speech and guns is a typical knee-jerk reaction.

Who’s right?

I wish I knew.

Really.

Gun violence appalls me. Yes, I still support 2nd amendment rights because it’s in the Constitution. But I wonder if we could still do something beyond the laws on the books.

I’m not much into over-the-top rhetoric either. It’s not that I don’t think Coulter, Beck, Limbaugh, Sykes, Belling, McKenna don’t say good things. It’s just the way they say them sometimes turns me off. The same with the bastions of liberal thought.

I just wonder what it would be like if they toned it down sometimes.

I’m not naive. Both sides hold their positions and think they are right. Strong political rhetoric has been a feature of the American political scene many times over the years. And both sides are guilty of it. Don’t make me link to them; I can.

But I just wonder, what it would be like.

Not that I think it will happen or even should happen. I certainly value my 1st amendment rights too highly to listen to any proposal to limit that, even for the biggest jerk IMHO, of this whole mess, Fred Phelps, who is planning on demonstrating at some of the funerals.

But I do wonder what it would be like, if we really believed that the other side loved their country just as much as we do and just have different ideas than we do about how to make our country great.

Yeah, we differ, sometimes vehemently, and I’m no different than anyone else.

I just wonder…

September 9, 2010

Consequently I’m voting Walker, Johnson and Kleefisch

by thoughtfulconservative

[UPDATE (09/12/10) Brian Fraley…]

Leave it up to liberals to entice me to blog again.

Thanks, guys, for making up my mind for me.

Deke Rivers, [Barry Orton at ]Paul Soglin[‘s blog], mal, and best of all Jay Bullock.

Your support for their opponents shows me how much you fear these three.

Could you show me which other Republicans you’re afraid of?

Thanks.

Scott Walker

Ron Johnson

Rebecca Kleefisch

[I can add Sheriff Trawicki and Kurt Schuller to the above list.]

January 11, 2010

Is left vs. right becoming archaic in political thought?

by thoughtfulconservative

Arianna Huffington says so in this welcome letter to the newly launched The Daily Caller.

Anyone looking at today’s political landscape with clear eyes can see that on issue after issue — the war in Afghanistan, the bailout, health care, the war on drugs, etc., etc. — the binary division of the debate into right vs. left obscures more than it reveals.

John McCain and Maria Cantwell are joining forces to bring back Glass-Steagall-type banking regulations. Ron Paul and Alan Grayson are pushing through legislation to audit the Fed. George Will agrees with Russ Feingold that we should not escalate in Afghanistan. Howard Dean and Michael Bloomberg are both down on the health care bill. And on and on it goes.

The outrageous news last week that the New York Fed under Tim Geithner told AIG to withhold from the public key details about payments that put billions of dollars into the coffers of major Wall Street players, including Goldman Sachs, offers a perfect example of just how archaic the right vs. left framing is.

Hmmm. There are areas where some on the right and some on the left agree, but for different reasons. For example, the right trumpeted Dean’s call to start over on health care because we don’t like the present bill. But we would like Dean’s version even less, I suspect.

I would suspect that Will’s and Feingold’s reasons against escalation in Afghanistan would be different though the result is the same.

Maybe. Maybe not. Time will tell. There’s more. Read the whole thing and see what you think.

December 23, 2008

Quick Hits

by thoughtfulconservative

Emptying out my drafts folder:

Top 9 Good Habits For A Deep Recession – These are good habits when there’s no recession.

From the Pew Research Center, The Religious Makeup of Congress – a nice graphical representation of the religious beliefs of the Congress compared with the American public as a whole.

By the director of new media in Obama’s Minnesota campaign, Developing a New Media Strategy for Campaigns Large and Small. This, of course, would not contradict experienced hands as Wigderson and Fraley who tell me, depending on the campaign, that a candidate needs to go door-to-door, but would be in addition to that.

How Can Facebook Crack its Advertising Problem? One problem with Facebook–it appeals to older folks like me who aren’t enticed to click the ads.

Cory Leibman has resurrected Eye on Wisconsin. Cory is a “progressive,” but he’s also a thinker and I like to read thoughtful folks like myself. 🙂

Massachusetts has a new marijuana law.

It sounds simple, but David Capeless, president of the Massachusetts District Attorneys Association, said the new policy presented a thicket of questions and complications.

There, now I feel better.

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December 10, 2008

Linking to lefties for a change

by thoughtfulconservative

Because, well, I agreed with them.

Fighting Bob – GarveyBlog (via The Provincial Emails)

Bud–get out of Vegas; hire some people who like fans; jump into the 20th century.

Keith R. Schmitz at folkbum’s rambles and rants

In these days of longer commutes and simmering tempers, nothing seems to set off already-testy motorists like the left-lane camper — the guy or gal who drives in the passing lane and bars faster drivers from easily passing.

CAFFEINATED POLITICS – This guy is hard on conservatives, but he has a bunch of posts on
Blagojevich, including one with the front pages of many newspapers!

Snopes.com can’t determine if this is true or not, but Tim at The Other Side of My Mouth posts a darn funny story that I’ve seen before.