Had a bit of a strained confrontation with one of our guests tonight, who is under the mistaken impression that John McCain was an excellent candidate for president, Sarah Palin is a political loser (yes, the same woman who, with one Facebook post, can redefine a debate and put Obama on the defensive, not to mention raise incredible amounts of money for grassroots candidates), and that there’s apparently no overlap between fiscal and social issues. I beg to differ.
For example, if you believe (as I do) that the out-of-control entitlement spending by the federal government needs to end, then it stands to reason that eliminating taxpayer funding of abortion would be a priority. There is no justification for Planned Parenthood receiving 30% of their funding from taxpayers. None. And on that point, I am confident both social and fiscal conservatives can agree, just as anyone who respects the Constitution will acknowledge that Roe v. Wade is an egregious example of judicial overreach. Like many other social issues, the legality of abortion — along with the ancillary aspects such as procedural restrictions and parental consent — should be decided by the people, not activist judges.
I presented all of these arguments to our guest, who completely pooh-poohed the notion of states’ rights while claiming that the GOP needs to put up more moderates like Tim (yawn) Pawlenty. Riiiight. Because Milquetoast Tim’ll really fire up the base, much in the same way the Maverick did in 2008 — at least until he made the very wise decision to ask Palin to be his VP nominee.
But according to our guest, choosing the woman who saved McCain from a landslide was a big mistake because the GOP needs to appeal to the “middle”. Sorry Steven, but I agree with Marco Rubio: Americans are looking for strong, principled leadership — not squishy moderation. When they understand what conservatism means, when they realize what the Constitution allows and disallows, and when they fully grasp how the concepts of limited government, low taxes, strong national defense and personal responsibility are good for them and good for the country at large, they will vote for the candidate who, like Reagan, clearly and unap0logetically articulates them. By the way, in a recent Gallup poll, 47% of Americans described themselves as pro-life, with 45% pro-choice. My guess is that even within that 45%, most would be in favor of placing restrictions on the procedure as well as eliminating taxpayer subsidies.
Other than that somewhat heated debate (brought on by my co-host Steve Rosenblum’s direct question to Steven Kurlander on the topic of Palin), the rest of the interview went very smoothly, as did those with our other two guests (both of whom were three-legged stools like me — social, fiscal, and national security conservatives). I am also very intrigued by Steve Kurlander’s book, The Dog Days of September and Doug Kammerer’s Average Doug: My Take on America, after learning more about them this evening.
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