Music Break: Springsteen

The Promised Land...

Live 1978

There's going to be a twister that blows everything down
That ain't got the faith to stand it's ground

...and I believe in a Promised Land


Quote of the Day: Paul Ryan

Say it again with feeling, like you really mean it...

"We need to establish the proverbial lines in the sand and show we are serious about limited government," said Wisconsin's Rep. Paul Ryan, a leading conservative who is in line to chair the House budget committee if Republicans take control.

Rep. Paul Ryan (R, WI)
"GOP Aims to Erode White House Agenda"
Wall Street Journal online 09/20/10

IMHO: Social Conservatives and Liberals

Social Conservatives are like Liberals...

Nunya business. Keep the government out of my life.

It occurs to me that Social Conservatives place as much demand on the government as Liberals do. They both want to use government intervention and money to forward their social behavior agenda and dictate to everyone their view of how people should behave.

Americans are basically centrist and lean to the right on fiscal issues, and most don't want the government interfering with peoples daily lives, even if they personally hold conservative views on individual behavior. It goes against the grain of their sense of fairness. There is something equally offensive about both Affirmative Action quotas and restriction of women's access to medical abortion by government edict.

Social Conservatives and Liberals need to repeat to themselves over and over again, that the economic crisis and the Great Disruption, overrides everything now. Americans can't afford and won't be distracted by social agendas until their economic concerns are resolved. It explains the Tea Party movement, which is based on one central theme: confronting politicians about taxes, spending, debt and government intervention and not about a myriad of pet grievances such as minority rights or abortion.

Urban Landscape Photography

Autumnal Equinox...