Monday, May 24, 2010

E.J. Dionne Takes On Social Conservatives

May I burn in hell for ten thousand life-times, but I actually have some affinity for Dionne's arguments here.


"The Hammer" said...

That's what they're going to run on from here on out, social issues, immigration, anything but the economy. And it might work.
They're trying to mitigate the pain of unemployment with extension after extension of benefits (my State has borrowed 2 billion plus for that very thing) but they're just kicking the can down the road.
I'm not sure how I feel about the midterms. If the Republicans do very well, and we start to see sane fiscal policy and an improved economy, Obama like Clinton could get the credit. I want socialism once and for all discredited with the brain-dead, any breeze will sway you, moderates (otherwise know as fools, idiots and no-nothings)!

Anonymous said...

Dionne pretty much nails my position on social issues and conservative philosphy. Kudo's for posting it. I've never really understood the conservtives postion on things such as family values, gay marriage or abortion. And it seems as if every day brings out another "one man, one woman" politician who does not fully comprehend the "one woman" part of that ideology.

"The Hammer" said...

Ok Anonymous, make your best case for abortion on demand. Let's hear it.

Anonymous said...

Ok, here is my spin.

When my wife became pregnant with my daughter she was 22 years old, working, and still in college. We were neither financially nor emotionally prepared for a newborn. Ultimately we choose to have a baby, and take on all of the responsibility that came along with it.

It was the most difficult decision we have ever had to make. Two years later we were faced with a simlar predicament. I now have two grown children who I love very much.

I consider myself very fortunate that I live in a country that allowed us the right to make that decision without government interference. While I personally do not like the idea of abortion, I feel even stronger about the federal government intervening in peoples personal decision making. I see the concept of stripping a woman of the right to make those decisions as "more governement". As a proponent of "less government", I feel that those are personal decisions are best left to the individual. I certainly am not very comfortable with the federal government making medical or reproductive decisions on behalf of my wife or daughter. If you are personally opposed to abortion, don't have one. I've always felt that forcing ones particular moral agenda to be an activist liberal tenet. I feel the same way about gay marriage and other social conservative issues. It's my family, and it's none of your business how I worship, who I marry, and whatever other decisions we decide to make regarding our lives. I think conservatives have it backwards regarding these issues. My feeling is that they should be more concerned with protecting the individuals ability to make their own decisions, and less concerned with using the federal government as an instrument of social change.

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