February 22, 2006
Love Those Internal GOP Divisions

What happens when a non-monarchist conservative wakes up in America in 2006? Here’s what:

When Carter proposed oil conservation as a patriotic duty, people jeered — and subsequent presidents learned from this. Defense hawks like Frank Gaffney and Jim Woolsey are now making the same kind of arguments a generation later that Carter made in that speech.

As much as I hate to say it, if we had taken Carter more seriously then, we might not be in the mess we’re in now.


I interviewed a Presbyterian wife and mother who at the time was living with her family in Midland, Texas. … She told me that it was jarring to her that they lived in the most Christian and Republican place they’d ever been in, and yet she couldn’t see how political and religious conservatism made much difference in their everyday lives. They were still buying their kids all the video games, the expensive sneakers and the stuff that everybody else’s kids had. …
Q: The Jack Abramoff scandal, President Bush’s “guest worker” plan, out-of-control entitlements, pork-barrel spending, “nation-building” in Iraq — is this the conservative movement you signed up for?

A: No, no, no. … I think it’s pretty clear to every conservative with a brain in his or her head that the GOP has lost its way. I will confess that I was a gung-ho supporter of the Iraq war and the democratization project, against my better judgment. … Now that we’re there, I can’t see that we can pull out now, but I do wish that the administration's crusading Wilsonianism would end. …

Of course, his ultimate solution leaves something to be desired:

I could be happy with a [Sen. John] McCain–Santorum ticket in ‘08. Real happy, as a matter of fact.


Posted by Wayne Uff at February 22, 2006 06:07 AM
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He'll still vote Republican, no matter what. However, this guys sticking point is obviously home schooling. Maybe home schooling is something that Democrats should "let give" for a while. Anyone know of any statistical information on how poorly home schooled kids do? I suppose it's going to take years to get meaningful statistics. However, I can't imagine many scientists, doctors, etc. coming from home schools, most Republican mommas aren't that smart or they wouldn't be there. (on the other hand, the home school movement is probably a way to promote private schools, which might do better educating the kids).

Maybe Falwell's Liberty University gets preference for medical and law school admissions. One things for sure, I sure don't want Falwell's
folks to handle my business or have me under the knife.

Posted by: Buck on February 22, 2006 10:42 AM

...lived in the most Christian and Republican place they’d ever been in, and yet...they were still buying their kids all the video games, the expensive sneakers and the stuff that everybody else’s kids had.

What's more Republican than materialist greed?

Posted by: Doyle on February 23, 2006 12:42 AM

Buck assumes that all homeschoolers are on the Christian right. My two kids (ages 15 and 17) have homeschooled since kindergarten except for my son going to the local public high school for half a year in ninth grade. I am not Christian and I am not conservative. One of the pioneers of the homeschool movement was John Holt (http://www.holtgws.com/index.html) who was not advocating homeschooling for religious reasons.

There are homeschooling families across the religious and political spectrums. Families choose to homeschool for lots of different reasons. The kids I've known who went from homeschooling into school have done well. Small sample size, so I'm not trying to use it to prove anything.

In the past there were court cases that (if I remember correctly) went all the way up to the Supreme Court and the result was that the state has a compelling interest in seeing to it that children are educated, but that parents have a right to choose how. I personally think that it should be up to the kids as well, but that would take a fundamental change in how our laws treat children, which is not going to happen anytime soon. Why should the Democrats ever object to families having the right to choose?

Also, the statistical information the I've seen is very positive. I don't personally think that much of it because its based on standardized tests only and I don't think it was really sound research.

Posted by: Cindy on February 23, 2006 12:57 AM

cindy, welcome. What a well thought-out comment. Hope you hurry back, now that you know the way.

On some of these themes of the state's proper role in child rearing, you might be interested in considering the post I made on the same day as this one, regarding the arrest of a Connecticut couple who left their napping daughter in the car while they shopped.

Posted by: Wayne Uff on February 23, 2006 11:45 AM
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