Liberty is an inherently offensive lifestyle. Living in a free society guarantees that each one of us will see our most cherished principles and beliefs questioned and in some cases mocked. That psychic discomfort is the price we pay for basic civic peace. It's worth it. It's a pragmatic principle. Defend everyone else's rights, because if you don't there is no one to defend yours. -- MaxedOutMama

I don't just want gun rights... I want individual liberty, a culture of self-reliance....I want the whole bloody thing. -- Kim du Toit

The most glaring example of the cognitive dissonance on the left is the concept that human beings are inherently good, yet at the same time cannot be trusted with any kind of weapon, unless the magic fairy dust of government authority gets sprinkled upon them.-- Moshe Ben-David

The cult of the left believes that it is engaged in a great apocalyptic battle with corporations and industrialists for the ownership of the unthinking masses. Its acolytes see themselves as the individuals who have been "liberated" to think for themselves. They make choices. You however are just a member of the unthinking masses. You are not really a person, but only respond to the agendas of your corporate overlords. If you eat too much, it's because corporations make you eat. If you kill, it's because corporations encourage you to buy guns. You are not an individual. You are a social problem. -- Sultan Knish

All politics in this country now is just dress rehearsal for civil war. -- Billy Beck

Friday, November 19, 2004

Condi for President!

This meme has been making the rounds for quite a while - Cheney steps down as VP "for health reasons" and Bush nominates Condoleeza Rice for the position, which makes her the heir-apparent and sets her up to run in 2008 against the Hildebeast. I think Kevin Drum is worried.

I'm all for it. Here's just one more reason. Dave Kopel reminds us that Ms. Rice is an enthusiastic supporter of the right to arms:
Condoleeza Rice has described herself as "a Second Amendment absolutist." An article in the Montgomery Advertiser explains why. She grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, where her father, a Presbyterian minister, was a strong advocate of civil rights:
Rice has said memories of Birmingham's racial turmoil shaped some of her core values.

During the bombings of the summer of 1963, her father and other neighborhood men guarded the streets at night to keep white vigilantes at bay. Rice said her staunch defense of gun rights comes from those days. She has argued that if the guns her father and neighbors carried had been registered, they could have been confiscated by the authorities, leaving the black community defenseless.
And probably would have been. Once you understand that the State is not responsible for your defense - in fact, may be inimical towards you, you better grasp the wisdom of the Founders who wanted to ensure that The People remained armed. Nothing teaches like experience.

Run, Condi! Run!

UPDATE: It seems that the inestimable Eric S. Raymond has considered the meme, too.
So Condi Rice is going to replace Colin Powell as Secretary of State. I have to think this means she's being groomed for the Republican ticket in 2008.

Well, I hope so anyway. I know very little about her, but I've discovered that I really want to have a ringside seat on the farcical hijinks that will certainly ensue if the Republicans run a black woman for President, or even Veep.

Just so my position is clear, it is quite unlikely I'd vote for her. As in, not unless the Libertarian candidate is a werewolf or something. It's just that the thought of Democratic strategists having shit fits over the hemhorraging black vote greatly amuses me. The panic and confusion that would reign on the New York Times editorial page as their political-correctness bias clashes (for once) with their anti-Republican bias would be good for many guffaws. I might actually listen to NPR just to hear them choking. In general, just watching the machinery of smug left-wing duckspeak seize up and damage itself on Condi's blackness would be delicious.

Watching Republican racist/nativist types hold their gorges down for the sake of party unity would be entertaining too, but probably much less so as that type seems rather rare these days. In lieu of that, I'd just have to content myself with the screams of insenate rage that would issue from the neo-Nazis at Stormfront. Why, they might be almost as angry as the "Bush=Hitler" crew over at Democratic Underground. With any luck we might actually get to watch a few of the vicious morons on both sites die of thundering apoplexy.

Truly, what's not to like?
There's more. Read it all.

The difference between Eric and me? I'd vote for her. Happily.

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