Robert (gurdonark) wrote,

Now I'm bored

Could someone tell them to stop sending up trial ballons about Iraq? If they can prove a case for it, do so. If not, let's focus on true homeland security. The worst thing about the Clinton administration, next to the ridiculous "I did not have sex with that woman" speech, was the sense of government by poll and trial balloon. But at least the Clinton folks had some grip on monetarist thinking and some grip on working with our allies. The current administration does all the Clintonesque government by trial balloon stuff, but does not realize that war is not a "trial balloon". War is a matter which a democracy takes very seriously, and we need more than talking heads from think tanks on CNN before we start one. I do not cede my constitutional liberties to the discretion of John Ashcroft. This is all so obvious. It bores me. What do I do when I'm bored? I vote, for one thing.

I remember when conservatism meant monetarism, a reluctance to get involved in ambitious foreign wars, and a deep-seated respect for personal liberties and the rule of law. I usually call myself a liberal, even a lefty, but some days I feel I'm twice as conservative as Mr. Bush ever will be.
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