19 August 2010

Some things

Don't surprise

1.7% of Republicans think it should be built. That would almost have to be a typo. The lack of no opinions either would almost have to be as well. You typically get a margin of about 5% who didn't understand the question or answer it "incorrectly" or are just plain stupid.

The most likely explanation: Republican self-identifying voters have become a far more extreme voting cohort. If this is true, they will be far less successful than they think at regaining power.

Another very likely explanation: Adherence to things like fiscal responsibility is a false flag while really the issue is cultural distinctions. It is true that there were some people annoyed at government recklessness and waste prior to 2008 and especially 2009. But the vast expansion of such people protesting after the election of a supposed false prophet (ie, a Democrat, a black one with a funny name no less) should be a clue that other issues are more pressing than a principled objection to government power and largess. When it suits them, they would use the power of government for their approved ends, or would support the same utterly useless policies (health care bill or the war on terror, more like the war on civil liberties for my part) were they proposed by and presided over with "approved" candidates (ie, conservative Republicans). People who may wish to punish government for usurping powers should withhold their support from Republicans just as they should from Democrats. They should find more principled candidacies wherever possible, sometimes from the major parties (for example, the two guys in Wisconsin I like would be a good start there, Ryan and Feingold) and sometimes from other sources. Look harder for "your team" if you really care about something rather than really care about something because someone on "your team" tells you should fall in line. (Oh and those Republicans claiming to know "some" about Islam, errr...yeah, not so much)

Incidentally, I am somewhat heartened to see "independents" were ahead of Democrats on recognizing the value of the 1st amendment and/or property rights of Park51.

I'm also VERY confused that we somehow arrived at a conclusion that a majority of people think mosques should be free to be built wherever, just as churches are...but also a majority of people think one should not be built near the former World Trade Center site. Or that having a right to build something somewhere somehow implies that our objections should matter and be registered, possibly as preventive actions.
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