So on a random surf this morning I came across this particularly stupid editorial/ article:
Courtesy of The Nation magazine. Thankfully most of the commentors on that posting excoriated the author for his naive and regressive viewpoint. I think I recognised a few fellow Cynics readers over there….
So here’s my problem – I can’t find a political party in the US that represents the majority of my views. I think this is a problem that is much broader than the mainstream realises.
I’ve been told that my views – which can be briefly described as “government should not spend money it doesn’t have, and should stay the hell out of my private life” (or, alternatively, a fiscal conservative and social liberal) would fall into the category of “libertarian” – but the Libertarian party (with the notable exception of Ron Paul, who is a libertarian regardless of his actual affiliation) has NO traction in US politics.
They say that if you’re 20 and aren’t a democrat, you have no heart, and if you’re 30 and aren’t a republican, you have no brain. But what happens when you turn 40…?
Mr. Simonyi – congratulations on your well-deserved trip. I certainly envy you, and would do the same if I had the cash. As for the hordes of Xena-worshippers out there (you know who you are) – i’ve got a separate post for you in a moment…