The Other McCain

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Tut Tut, Stacy: Let’s Not Stand Here Bickering And Arguing
Over ‘Oo Voted For ‘Oo

Posted on | July 10, 2011 | 19 Comments

by Smitty

In a rare moment of disagreement with the marquee name on the blog, I don’t think taking swipes at any repentant, legal voter over the 2008 election is helping matters.

  • History is immutable. If someone made a rational decision, based upon imperfect information, then that should be respected. Bainbridge ran the Philadelphia aground on an uncharted reef; sometimes, it happens.
  • Sometimes worse is better. They told me that if I voted for McCain, and McCain won, that the ru[b|d]e awakening would be put off another four years, and I replied: “Nice counter-factual!”. In other words, the come-to-Beavis meeting the country has needed would have been less likely in a McCain Administration. From that perspective, BHO ain’t no bug; he’s a feature.
  • The Progressive Project to wreck America did not begin under BHO. BHO is perhaps the icing, but he is not the cake. The upshot here is that since we’re pretty much all at least little guilty of insufficient civic participation, we can dispense with the finger pointing. I’m neither Jewish nor Roman Catholic; this point is not a guild projection. Quite the opposite. Anyone willing to come to their senses and realize that Statist Idolatry of the Progressive flavor is a Bad Thing, and repent, should be the last target of guilt. Anyone still clinging bitterly to their unaffordable Utopian ideals (and I know one or two) merits a gentle hug. You can’t get into recriminations without resembling the Wisconsin teachers union or a pack of clowns, insofar as the two categories differ.

While I hate to see anyone suffer, I also don’t hope we recover so quickly as to blow by the structural causes of the current crisis: centralization, Socialism, the Iron Law of Bureaucracy, and civic laziness. The people have quietly endorsed the Progressive project through inactivity. We have to reclaim Liberty and gently refuse to let any silver-tongued devil promise some cheap substitute for Liberty and go unchallenged.
That is all.


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