I really like the Brits. I really, really liked Tony Blair (great integrity for a liberal--his word mattered more than his political dogma), loved Margaret Thatcher (pure bollux), and darn near revere Winston Churchill. And I have a strong sense of brotherhood with their military (extremely professional and a hell of a lot of fun). All that said, this post in Powerline this morning put an exclamation point on my post this weekend about the government and OUR money. It reminds me that as we Americans look at other countries for why we should pass legislation such as gun control or government health "care", we're looking in the wrong direction with respect to our own liberty. ANY step in the direction toward more government control is a step away from liberty and what concerns me more than who is in office or how many of them are there, is how many fellow citizens it required to put them there. For some reason, we are growing a population who fails to understand what liberty is and how fleeting it can be if not nurtured and protected.
The Blog: A compendium of thoughts on politics, world affairs, economics, pop culture and social issues, from the center right perspective of me--Bryan McGrath--a University of Virginia graduate who spent a career in the world's greatest Navy keeping my mouth shut about politics and social issues (ok, publicly keeping it shut). Those days are over! I've also invited a few friends to join in, so pull up a chair and chime in where you will. Keep it clean, civil, concise and relevant.
The Fish: The fish is a "coat of arms" for the blog, symbolizing three formative influences in the life of the blog founder. The first is his experience at the University of Virginia--symbolized most importantly by the fish itself, or a caricature of a "Wahoo", the fish we have acquired as an informal nickname. Additionally there is the sword, the sword of a Cavalier. It is not wielded in a threatening manner, as this is a civil blog. But it is there, should it be needed. Thirdly, there is the influence of 21 years in the Navy--symbolized by the anchor on the Wahoo's fin (and again, the sword) . Finally, there is the bowler, tuxedo, and monocle, symbols of a refined, intellectual conservatism, or what I seek to encourage here.
The Policy: I take FULL responsibility ONLY for what I write. I do not take responsibility, nor will I be held responsible, for what my guest bloggers write or for what those who offer comments write. I will occasionally exercise my right to edit/delete both blog posts and comments if they do not meet my view of what clean, civil, concise and relevant mean.