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Re: “Giving the government unprecedented power is the antithesis of conservatism

When America is in real peril Americans will line up to defend their country. They will lie about their age and their health to protect their freedom, their families, and their countrymen. But when war is not defensive in nature and has murkier more nebulous goals, then it is very difficult to get people to sign up and perhaps give their all. Thus the powers-that-be go through great contortions trying to make the war seem like it is protecting America's freedom and is something worth dying for.

As the wife of someone sent off to war for a nebulous cause I can say that I understand how we would really rather believe that their/our sacrifice is about protecting our freedom. I am very passionate about liberty and so for me protecting freedom is the greatest and noblest thing a person can do.

One thing that baffles me about saying that these endless foreign wars are about protecting our freedoms is that so many Americans are not concerned about protecting their freedoms at home. In fact, they come up with all kinds of rationalizations as to why they should not even have certain freedoms -- and some even go as far as to say that insisting upon retaining these freedoms is somehow subversive or extreme.

We can certainly have a super-secure country in which government cameras record our every move, our every book purchase, and our every bank transaction. We can certainly have a super-secure country by giving the police a blank check to search our homes and seize our property at whim, arrest us without charges and detain us indefinitely. But for whom would such a country be secure...?

There was a time when Americans recoiled at the mere idea of a government weilding such powers. These were the dark imaginings of dystopic, post-apocalyptic novels like Orwell's 1984 -- and thank heavens that could never happen here. The truth is that it has happened here. But even worse, it is being embraced -- by the victims!

Posted by conspiracygirl on June 8, 2011 at 10:46 AM

Re: “For the Left, the Civil War must be just about slavery

A lot of people have totally missed the point of the article: nullification.

Nullification of unconstituional laws is frequently said to be unmentionable (by the federal powers-that-be) because only somebody that supports slavery supports the principle of state nullification.

It is curious to note the political upheaval arond the world -- people in many different countries rising up against their oppressive governments. It is happening here too. Real Id was effectively nullified if not formally nullified as states just refused to implement it. As we quibble about slavery, numerous states are engaged in the process of nullifying Health Care Reform. Idaho has effectively done it, and North Dakota only awaits the final signature. There are at least 10 more in process.

In the last several years the federal government has finally added the last straws to the camels' backs and is being resisted. It is about freakin' time!

Posted by conspiracygirl on April 23, 2011 at 7:02 AM

Re: “For the Left, the Civil War must be just about slavery

History gets rewritten by the victor. I think there's a law about that, isn't there...? Notice how entitled these folks feel to their own version of events...? Does it not strike them as absurd that the framers would intend the ultimate constitutionality of a law to be determined by the writers of that law or their politically well connected appointees...? Why of COURSE whatever they do is constitutional!

How insensitive of you remind them that Lincoln supported slavery and all those uncomfortable things they don't want to think about. I'm sure you have sent countless emboli rushing into liberal brains today.

Posted by conspiracygirl on April 21, 2011 at 5:36 AM

Re: “GOP should stop picking "winners," pick Rand Paul

Interesting take. Rand Paul has turned out to be a very articulate presenter of the Ron Paul brand -- and after listening to him you wonder where all those accusations of fringe and kooky could possibly have come from. Surely not from anyone who has actually listened to him! Another interesting thing is that when Rand Paul launched his campaign for the Senate, he did not expect to win. He ran because he thought there needed to be a place on the ballot for fiscal sanity and government self-restraint, even if that message would likely get rejected. But his message wasn't rejected. If Rand Paul does end up running for President, maybe the voters will surprise him then too....

Posted by conspiracygirl on March 29, 2011 at 2:37 AM

Re: “Conservatives who boycott CPAC over gay group are hypocrites

This is a losing conversation.

It is unlikely that anyone wll ever be able to persuade many social conservative as to how bigoted (and un-Christlike) their positions and behavior are. This is because they have not evolved to a point where they can view the world through any other lens except "us vs them." Asking for unbigoted behavior from people who are at this stage in their development is like asking a 2 month-old-infant to walk. It can't be done. That is just where they are "at." Many people mature out of this ethnocentrism and eventually cease to see people from a different race, gender, nationality, team, etc as their enemy -- and become more loving towards their fellow man, but some people stay stuck forever.

Kinda like how we accept the limitations of small children and the fact that teenagers are impulsive and prone to irrationality, we just have to accept that a certain number of people -- no matter their political views -- are going to regard people who are different from them as inferior and deserving of punishment. That is their current stage of development and one just has to accept it. We all pass through this stage. We were all once like that ourselves -- even if we picked different kinds of people to despise.

So I can accept the realities of this stage of life. I just wish these social conservatives would quit saying they believe in liberty -- as if liberty is supposed to mean the freedom to be like them but nothing else...? Good grief. Just step up to the plate and accept the fact that they don't believe in liberty and be done with it.

Posted by conspiracygirl on February 5, 2011 at 6:25 AM

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