Repeating The Cycle

Instapundit linked to the RS McCain blog which was discussing the resignation of Washington Post reporter David Weigel. I found this comment there of interest:

Danby June 25th, 2010 @ 5:41 pm

The deal here Stacy is that Weigel was NEVER A CONSERVATIVE. He's not a member of set B. He's a member of set F, the so-called cosmopolitan Libertarians. In other words he's pro-drug, pro-abortion, pro-perversity, the kind of guy who writes for Reason. He is for a smaller government, but only because government interferes with absolute personal autonomy. Somehow, in the current political climate that puts him on the right.

I'm a member of the government can't fix the drug problem, government can't fix the abortion problem, and government can't fix the perversity problem libertarian right (government can kill people and break things - which is useful in some very limited situations).

I have a lot of trouble with conservatives who believe government can fix much of anything. So to my conservative friends all I can say is:

Your faith in government is misplaced

Liberals believe government can fix things by money taken at the point of a gun. Conservatives skip the money part and go straight for the guns. (gross generalizations of course but this is a a blog post not a footnoted essay)

I dunno - haven't conservatives ever heard of limited government?

Conservatives lost control of Congress when they painted themselves as the social control party. Liberals will be losing over being the economic control party. Do we wish to keep repeating that cycle?

Cross Posted at Power and Control

posted by Simon on 06.26.10 at 10:12 AM


I'm a member of the government can't fix the drug problem, government can't fix the abortion problem, and government can't fix the perversity problem libertarian right

Weigel isn't. That's what he feigned to get libertarian cred for the conservative-bashing gig. I'm surprised it worked. As the leaks reveal—and his work always did anyway—he's a mere Democrat.

That's a political-tribal identity, not a political-ideological identity, so there are no "government can't fix _________" Democrats when Democrats in government have their eye on "_________."

guy on internet   ·  June 26, 2010 10:30 AM

I'm pretty certain there ain't no cosmo-libs (I love it) on that journolist list.

I'm a cosmo-lib!1!!!1!!111

dr kill   ·  June 26, 2010 1:11 PM

If pregnant women have the power of life and death over their fetuses, that makes them governments. I see no contradiction between limited government and restricting abortion.

Joseph Hertzlinger   ·  June 27, 2010 1:46 AM


Ever hear of black markets?

You might like the video here.


So let me ask two questions.

1. Can government solve economic problems?

2. Can government solve social problems?

And then you have to ask. At what cost to our wallets and our liberties?

M. Simon   ·  June 27, 2010 1:51 AM

OK. The government (in this case the woman) should punish itself for the crime. I'd be satisfied with that.

M. Simon   ·  June 27, 2010 2:06 AM

Actually, it was because Republicans refused to be the "balance the budget by spending less" party. Consider that a majority of Americans for the first time consider themselves pro-life--and even many of those who call themselves "pro-choice" believe the government should regulate abortion more. (Showing that they don't even understand their own label.)

Clayton E. Cramer   ·  June 28, 2010 12:18 AM

Swell. The only solution to the abortion problem is government guns. It is my honest opinion that you are more imaginative than that.

What will you do when your proposed mild system no longer works? If the drug war is any indication - ramp up enforcements and punishments.

OH. Yeah. What is it going to cost?

M. Simon   ·  June 28, 2010 6:50 AM

Yeah, what you said.

Charlie Martin   ·  July 1, 2010 8:47 AM

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