Saturday, 19 January 2013

2013: Conservatism will always be needed.


I know it is almost 3 weeks into the new year and I wish all, though belated, a happy 2013. Also it is the day before U.S. President Obama's swearing in as president for a second term (which is private ceremony), coupled with a public ceremony for  noon Monday.  It is known that I have marked political differences between the Obamas (sometimes albeit very fierce), I just want to make a non-partisan statement about Mrs. Obama's bangs: they look great! Makes her ever more beautiful! 
During 2013, it is also my hope that in the United States, there will be a "Conservative Spring", an uprising against the current form of  what conservatism which manifested in the belief of  "unfettered markets" and "religious fundamentalism". A sane conservative manifesto is still strongly needed in which it supports "free markets" as opposed to big business. Yes, a capitalism for THE PEOPLE is a message what is needed. One person by the name of Tim Bray (a Google employee) who claims he is not from the right on the political spectrum, has developed a "sane conservative manifesto". Here's what he had to say in his piece "What Conservatives Are For":


I’m no right-winger but I’ve long felt that a healthy society needs sane progressives and sane conservatives, and that many of America’s difficulties are related to an absence of the latter. So here’s a proposed Sane-conservative manifesto, written from outside.
1. Be Cautious · Anyone who’s dealt with the public sector, or even paid close attention to the news, knows that many government programs don’t work very well. Some just fritter away energy and money to no particular effect, others turn actively harmful. ¶
It’s not that those launching them are malicious or stupid; it’s that people are complicated and, in the societal aggregate, insanely complicated. They will try to game the system, and also will do astonishing things for reasons that could not have been predicted.
So it’s sensible to be predisposed against launching new programs, and to err on the side of caution, because we know for a fact that lots of times it’s not going to work.
Thus, we need conservatives.
2. Don’t Kill the Goose · Only for-profit businesses create wealth. ¶
Government’s role is to lay the foundations for a free-as-possible market, regulated enough to create a climate of low-friction trust and deter theft; then to get out of the way.
The optimal balance in the level of regulation is hard to find, but it’s important to have a voice in the conversation repeatedly asking a single question: Will this screw up wealth creation?
Thus, we need conservatives.
3. Don’t Waste Money · If you take a quantitative approach to public policy (and you should) the data frequently show poor correlation between expenditures and outcomes. The nations that spend the most on healthcare are not necessarily the healthiest. Similarly, the volume of education funding correlates only weakly with measured results, and (in particular) defense spending regularly fails to defend citizens. ¶
I think most agree that waste is bad, and wasting money is particularly bad. Thus, every policy discussion needs to have someone there pointing out that throwing money at the problem might not work, and maybe a cheaper alternative will.
Thus, we need conservatives.
Less Relevant · I observe that many who self-identify as conservative express surprising opinions about the regulation of sexual behavior, the role of religion in civic life, the desirability of starting wars, and the conservation of planetary resources. ¶
These don’t seem to cohere intellectually in the same way that items #1 through #3 above do. It seems very unlikely to me that conservatives can build a lasting majority in any well-educated well-developed country around this other stuff; but they might, if they stuck to #1 through #3.


Interesting ideas on Mr.Bray's part. The original piece of his article can be linked here with the various comments to his piece. May his articles and many others to come inspire a sorely needed revolution in conservativism.

Saturday, 29 December 2012

IN MEMORIAM:

Photo: R.I.P - Retired General Norman Schwarzkopf who passed away today at the age of 78

UNITED STATES GENERAL H. NORMAN SCHWARTZKOPF
1934-2012

Thank you sir for serving your country, your call to duty and to keep the preserve, protect and keep the peace of a free society. We cannot forget your remarkable service in the first Gulf War (Operation Dessert Storm) to send one of two messages to the tyrant that no longer is around, Saddam Hussein who invaded and attempted to control the state of Kuwait but was thwarted. Rest in peace, sir until that glorious day to be revised from The Author!


Sunday, 5 August 2012

Olympic Babe of the Day: Jennifer Abel






This is Canadian Olympian, Jennifer Abel of Montreal, Quebec. On the 23rd of this month she will turn 21 and as of recent won a bronze medal with synchronized swimming partner Emilie Heymanns at the London 2012 Olympic Games! We of Canada, salute her of making us proud. Also we also want to celebrate the beauty of this young fit lady who definitely and positively is one sweet thick mama of a sistah! Upwards, onwards Jennifer!



Monday, 9 July 2012

Intelligent Quote of The Day


I think another thing a lot of conservatives don’t consider is that being poor is scary.
It’s scary when your car is running badly and you don’t have the money to get it fixed…and you also know if it breaks down, you’ll have no way to get to work and your boss will fire you if you don’t show up. It’s scary when you don’t even have a car to get to and from that desperately needed job, and have to rely on the whims of public transportation. It’s scary when you don’t get paid until next week but they’re going to turn your heat off tomorrow. It’s scary when you have an illness that keeps you in constant pain, and you don’t have the money to visit the doctor or afford pain medication. It’s scary to know that your paycheck might not be able to cover your next meal, or your children’s meals. That’s assuming you aren’t living on the streets, which is a whole other level of scary.
And when people are scared and trying to survive, hell yes they get selfish. They think about “me, me, me” because they know that no one else cares. No one is watching out for them. No one is going to rescue them if things get really bad.
They don’t want to get off food stamps, because even though subsisting on them is miserable, at least they know they have *some* food coming in, which is far better than the uncertainty of *not* having food. They blow money on liquor because they’re not sure they could face whatever pain or issue they have without it, and goodness knows they can’t afford to actually get the problem fixed. They don’t want to do job training because what if they fail? Or what if they manage to get a job and then get fired 3 months later because the economy is crap? Now they’re back on the streets with no assistance whatsoever. No, better to keep what little I have rather than risk losing it all, because society won’t give two shits if I fail and then I’ll have nothing.
People will fight tooth and nail to keep a sense of security, even if it is crappy security, but out of fear, not necessarily laziness or selfishness. Forever threatening to chuck someone in the deep end while making it clear you don’t really care if they drown and complaining that their parents should have taught them to swim is a really good way to ensure that people never want to leave the shallow end. Because, you know, FEAR OF DROWNING.

---Amaranth commenting  and rightfully condemning on the Confessions of A Former Conservative blog the incredible lack of empathy and sensitivity among the poor and disenfranchised of society among certain political conservatives.

A Sane Conservative vs. Right wing Illogic 101:Single Payer Health Care

Effing kudos to Mort Zuckerman!  A conservative (though there is dispute about that, he did support more Democrats than Republicans) who doesn't mind single payer health care in the United States. There were many conservatives outside the United States and elsewhere in the Anglosphere who made their peace with the concept. Here in Canada, former Premier of Ontario Mike Harris , who could have almost easily passed as a conservative Republican in the United States, had made peace with it. His political guru  in the United Kingdom, former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher also made peace with the NHS but it seems that a conservative living in the U.S. who thinks the concept of having universal insurance in their own country is evil, socialism, the next step to communism but when the U.S. invaded Iraq, didn't it give it's citizens free health care? Yes it did! Read here. So the question is: why is it okay for Iraqis to be given free healthcare, courtesy the U.S.government (more directly the U.S. taxpayer) and a cardinal sin to give it's own citizens free health care? Not only that type of illogic baffles me, it enrages me because it also a form of strange but simple injustice. Oh yes, I discovered two recent articles from the internet The Conservative Case For Single Payer Health Care by Andrew Murphy on the blog Harry's Place and Single Payer Health Care Is A Conservative Policy from the blog Tim's Cogitorium. At least there are some people who tired of the partisan mantra and want to think outside the rigid, narrow, box. Also enjoy Mort Zuckerman' s support of the idea on Real Time with Bill Maher from HBO.



Saying number one and being number one, there is a difference you know


For the record, I am NOT anti-American.  As a Canadian, I am pro-American as one can get. I have the U.S. flag on my wall in my bedroom for over 20 years, courtesy of  from  an old friend. I have on my Facebook cover page, a picture the late great former U.S. President Ronald Reagan. I have been mocked and satirized from friends and relatives who share a leftist worldview because of my love and support of the U.S.  I wish that will go away but I am 42 years old and not 4.  That taunting will continue and if I seek public office---especially the federal level it is going to get much tougher and trust me I am going to need from heaven above, a tougher thicker skin to deal with it.   Much to their discredit, they ignore the fact that though I am pro-American, I can be a critical thinker about the problems in the United States. I acknowledge their is a class warfare, their public educational system is much to be desired,  that Social Darwinism and Christian fundamentalism has taken over a major  political party, their infrastructure is way behind, some of their major cities are in decay and even one city may declare bankruptcy, an incompetent President who apparently knows nothing about economics (and seems to be happy about it) and has not met  anybody from Congress  ranging from 18 months to almost 3 1/2 years (the length of his presidency) and though my friends from the left expect me, as a black Canadian to stand in "black unity" (whatever that is?)  behind the first black president elected despite my terse and at times fierce opposition to some of his policies but that's neither here nor there. I am damn proud of having the United States as my neighbour and glad to share a great portion of their wealth and culture (minus the The Jersey Shore nonsense). It sure beats having Syria, Egypt, Zimbabwe or North Korea as a neighbour hands down (though some leftist masochists might get a kick out of that). At the same time, I know full well the United States can do damn better than it can right now and it is time to stop the jingoistic bumper sticker solutions  and let American people graduate from 13-year old middle school thinking and go straight to  university---graduate studies  to have just for once to have a serious and civil debate on where America should go in the 21st century. On top of that they should be open to  new, fresh, out-of-the-box ideas. Oh yes, STFU about this cosmic dualistic and mentally childish Manichean argument about big vs. small government. At the end of the day, Americans really want "smart government". Period. Deal with it. Yes, it is uncomfortable but change is good and change makes us grow as better people.  It's time to stop shouting number one and start BEING number one. Their is a difference. An astronomical one. This is what Jeff Daniel's character (Will McAvoy who is a registered Republican fed up with the craziness in his home party and can't stomach a Democratic alternative as well) in HBO's The Newsroom was trying to articulate in the clip above and the next clip former Canadian Prime Minister Kim Campbell was trying caution the dangers of American exceptionalism on Bill Maher's Real Time (also on HBO). Anyone wants to scream anti-Americanism from these two clips is on a sad and tragic adventure of missing the point and have gone swimming in a sewer of anti-intellectualism too. Offended? Tough. There is nothing constitutional about the right NOT to be offended.


PS---for those who haven't seen the first episode of The Newsroom, you can see it here in its entirety, thanks to Youtube.com and HBO.