Sunday, March 20, 2005

Conservatism Come Undone

Lifted Wholesale from Andrew Sullivan. Consider this a blogjacking.

So it is now the federal government's role to micro-manage baseball and to prevent a single Florida woman who is trapped in a living hell from dying with dignity. We're getting to the point when conservatism has become a political philosophy that believes that government - at the most distant level - has the right to intervene in almost anything to achieve the right solution. Today's conservatism is becoming yesterday's liberalism.

4 Comments:

Blogger loki said...

Excellent point by proxy. The Right is repeating the sins of the Left, and rather than defending federalism is actively undermining it.

It seems that Reason is losing out to feeling on both Left and Right. Have we become a society incapable of rational thought, unable to think clearly without influence from what we personally feel is fair?

11:34 AM  
Anonymous Robert Mayer said...

Sigh. Agreed. I feel bad for the woman, and I think her husband is a filthy liar. But if anything, the Florida state legislature needs to handle this. The whole thing has gone way too far.

5:56 PM  
Blogger rox_publius said...

Seriously, I don't know what makes me angrier - the GOP blatantly tossing separation of powers out the window when THEIR guys are in, or the Dems talking like state's rights are unquestionable after spending the better part of the last century destroying them.

10:40 PM  
Anonymous Robert Mayer said...

Seriously! What I hate, is that even when it comes to the Republican party, they totally lose their sense of original ideology in national politics. They say there isn't much difference between the two parties? False... on the local/state level. National? Psh. Doesn't matter who you vote for.

I'm not sure how many bloggers have read McCain-Feingold front to back (there is certainly a lot of talk about it), but all in all it is a campaign finance reform bill. A big one. A bad one. One of its key provisions eliminated the flow of soft money from the national party to the state branches for spending. What this does is effectively eliminate any power for engagement the state parties may have had before -- they certainly can't stand up for their state rights anymore.

Our country has always been a union, and the federal government was only supposed to be engaged in spending and taxing that most everyone agreed on (national defense etc). What we're seeing here is the European Unionization of the United States by centralizing all the decision making from states to the national government.

Agh. It's too early in the morning to get sick over this.

9:11 AM  

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