That may very well be the case, and I know that I have much anecdotal evidence to the same. However, If we, as conservatives, are using the argument of “you can’t do that, it’s for your own good”, aren’t we really saying that the leftest policies that use the same argument have validity? “You can’t eat twinkies, they make you fat and you’ll get diabetes” is essentially the same argument. We are either a free people, who make our own choices and then live with the consequences, or we’re subjects.
December 6, 2012 at 11:07am
I see these talk shows, and I see low hanging curve balls delivered to men intelligent enough to swing for the fence, and then i see them bunt. I don’t always agree with Bill O, but I know he’s intelligent. and I know he knows the real answers to these arguments. They talk on and on about hunting and protecting yourself from a mugger and stuff, but it takes five minutes to find out what Adams and the others had in mind when they wrote the second amendment. They knew governments inherently eventually become tyrannical, and an unarmed people are a helpless people. That’s the single, only reason for it. And no one use that argument. even those who ought to know better.
December 6, 2012 at 10:44am
First time commenting, but a long time lurker. I’m a true conservative, with Libertarian leanings, and the weird thing I find is how many professing conservatives have absorbed the big government culture, without even knowing it. Conservatism isn’t a buffet. You can’t pick and choose which parts you like and which ones you don’t. That’s what’s led the Republican party into the mess it is. Conservatism stands or falls as a whole. You either believe in a free market and a limited government (whether applied to fiscal OR social issues) or you don’t. People are either free to make their own choices, good or bad, and then face the repercussions, or they’re not. I’m no user of marijuana, never have been, don’t plan to be. But unless you’re prepared to argue that prohibition on alcohol was an appropriate policy, you can not be intellectually honest and support the continued prohibition on marijuana. And frankly, you can’t call yourself a conservative who believes in personal freedom and responsibility. Just my 2 cents.