July 05, 2009


(Via Insty): Gay Patriot has a post called As people flock to conservative/libertarian banner, fewer politicians seem ready, willing & able to carry it into battle.  I really liked the first two comments on the post:

A Conservative Teacher:
This could be the very nature of the Republican Party- a party built by people not liking big government may have trouble finding big leaders in government. The party that loves power and elitism (Democrats) has no problem finding elite powerful politicians.

It would be nice to find politicians both normal and politically savvy. Unfortunately, if you’re normal you get hounded out of politics. And if you’re politically savvy, you’re probably a kleptocratic vampire.

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1 This is indeed the problem, if you advocate for less government who is to accomplish this?
I attended a tea party yesterday. We are a small, retirement and vacation community. It was held in an RV park, with very few who were not above the age of 65. We had about 50 in attendance. It was not given any publicity other than a cardboard sign at the entrance and at least one flyer accidentally seen in a grocery store. At  the tea partyI found there is a 912 group meeting at the library twice a month. We plan to attend the next one.

At the tea party was a family of four, the children are home schooled. The father is undoubtedly a libertarian as he voiced the concern that even though we are denouncing more taxes we have not recognized the fact that what we need is not government action but a government of NO ACTION.
Politicians are not the "no action" type, they all want some type action, that is what they campaign on. So, who is to lead us?

Posted by: Ruth H at July 05, 2009 11:19 AM (4eLhB)

2 This is so true of conservatives/libertarians, isn't it. I just think about how many times people have asked me if I'd ever consider running for an office, even a local one. My responses mainly consist of
- Too corrupt for my taste
- I'm too normal to run for politics
- I don't have the tough skin for the personality chastising that comes with politics.
Funny, how the people who probably should be in politics aren't and not because they don't have the skills. No, it's because of all the external factors (like the irrelevant harassment of questions as to whether or not a woman is the mother of her baby *cough*Andrew Sullivan*cough*) that intimidates the right people away from being our much needed political leaders.

Posted by: bdol78 at July 06, 2009 10:53 AM (W3XUk)

3 Heh... yep.  Reading _The Law_ spurred me to feel more civic responsibility, though... (ha! Yes, it's possible!), so one of these days... we'll have to see what happens.  I'm willing now, but not quite able.

For now, I'll have to settle for educating those I can, about true principles "and stuff" so that they can elect saner people.

Maybe we should make political service like jury duty... ? ;-)

Posted by: Krista at July 06, 2009 04:09 PM (sUTgZ)

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