Pat Gunn (dachte) wrote,
Pat Gunn
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Leaning liberal?

I'm not certain, but it seems that I'm finding the liberalparties to be less foul-tasting than the conservative ones,recently. This is still kind of shocking, because I havea lot more in common with the conservatives, or at least acertain subset of them. I've said for a while that greensand libertarians are the modern counterparts to, respectively,liberals and conservatives. If that's true, maybe I'm amodern moderate. I'm not sure if I want to think of myselfas a moderate of any kind -- generally I think that moderationis a sign that someone hasn't studied the issues enough to havean opinion.. but what happens when their opinions cut acrosstraditional borders? That's what happens to be pretty often.It might be better then, to say that my positions don't havea party that expresses them. They're still not moderate.

What got me thinking along these lines was yet another embarassingscandal on the right. Trent Lott indicated that he wished thatStrom Thurmond had been elected back in the 40s. Strom, likeBilly Graham, is (was?) a racist, and would've aided segregationistefforts if he had been elected. Interestingly, Strom was asouthern democrat back then, and as the parties shifted positions,he naturally became a republican. I'd like to learn more aboutthe history of american political parties -- I wonder if thiskind of thing was common, or if it's only strom's long life inpolitics that shows this kind of realignment. It's amazing to methat so many people still have deep respect for Strom and Graham..I'd love to acquire the clips of the relevealment of theirracist tendencies, and spread them around as much as possible.Of course, with Strom, it was blatant (and acceptable, back then),and Graham just was caught by accident. Who knows how many politicianstoday have these kind of opinions behind closed doors, in theirrotary clubs, private hunting lodges, and other hidden socialinstitutions.. Glass ceilings need to be shattered.

Pay attention to those who dance on the razor's edge of acceptability,who have to issue false apologies every week. They are married, likeall politicians, to the mainstream, but to get an extra edge, theycommit adultery with those outside the boundaries of normal society.Jealous? You should be. Cheaters reveal their dissatisfaction with theirvictims in the act of cheating.

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