Monday, September 22, 2008

Candor About McCain and Conservatism: "A Conservative For Obama", by Wick Allison

Hi Newshackers,

All the uproar over our failing financial markets, and the political posturing and sloganeering from both parties about it, have focused the mainstream media on "the emerging crisis." I suppose this is to be expected. However, this seems to have obscured coverage of what I think may be the most important political news item I saw in the past week.

Thanks, Ann, for sending me this. Ann doesn't know any Republicans or conservatives, but was struck by the idea of a conservative supporting Obama for President. I was further struck that Wick Allison, the author, is a well-known, dyed-in-the-wool political conservative, a former Publisher of William F. Buckley's National Review, among other conservative bona fides.

I have heard and read occasional news reports speculating that Obama was gaining support among Independents, true pragmatic conservatives, and Libertarians, but until now I have dismissed these reports as just wishful thinking. However, after reading Mr. Allison's post, I'm wondering whether there is more to this trend than meets the eye?

Once you read this posting, you'll see why you should try to get the Independents, Conservatives, and Libertarians you know to read it. Allison reminds us what conservatism really is, and what it isn't. I know a number of people who say they are conservatives and I'm going to try to get them to read this article.

Thanks,

/Dick

A Conservative For Obama
by Wick Allison

Mr. Allison is Publisher of D magazine in Dallas, Texas, and is a former Publisher of the National Review.

Quotes from Mr. Allison's post:

"But today it is so-called conservatives who are cemented to political programs when they clearly don’t work. The Bush tax cuts—a solution for which there was no real problem and which he refused to end even when the nation went to war—led to huge deficit spending and a $3 trillion growth in the federal debt. Facing this, John McCain pumps his “conservative” credentials by proposing even bigger tax cuts. Meanwhile, a movement that once fought for limited government has presided over the greatest growth of government in our history. That is not conservatism; it is profligacy using conservatism as a mask."

"...Obama is almost the ideal candidate for this moment in American history. I disagree with him on many issues. But those don’t matter as much as what Obama offers, which is a deeply conservative view of the world. Nobody can read Obama’s books (which, it is worth noting, he wrote himself) or listen to him speak without realizing that this is a thoughtful, pragmatic, and prudent man. It gives me comfort just to think that after eight years of George W. Bush we will have a president who has actually read The Federalist Papers."

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