When Kevin brought us new guys on board, the idea was we would post about breaking and current news items which would free up more time for the old guard to write the longer, editorial posts. With apologies to Kevin I’m going to make a post with no external links and editorialize a little on my own.
I haven’t posted much lately because I lacked the motivation. Despite the polling and the hope expressed by many opposed to Obamacare, I knew it was going to pass anyway. Socialization of health care has been a dream for those on the left for multiple generations. Polls come and go. Power in Congress shifts, albeit at a slower pace. But this was a chance at a lifelong liberal dream that those in power could not pass up, regardless of the consequences.
The problem I face now is that I am angry. My reaction to the vote yesterday is an emotional one. I’m not normally like this. This may come as somewhat of a shock about a person who like to blog politically when given the chance, but I’m actually not a big fan of politics. I hate the us vs. them mentality that the two-party system breeds. When people refer to the other side as “Rethuglicans” or “Libtards” my patience level drops to zero.
Worst of all is when the age old–and in my opinion, foolish–axiom of “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” comes into play. When the United States supported dictators and other reprehensible groups simply on the basis that they were not communists, that was a mistake. When liberals in the U.S supported and defended Al Qaeda and Hussein’s minions in Iraq just because they hated G.W. Bush, that was mistake. It is said the politics breeds strange bedfellows and I’ve always viewed that as a huge negative.
When Kevin extended me the offer to blog here at Wizbang he never asked me any direct questions about my politics. While the trolls that frequent the comments have me pegged as far right as the meter will go, the truth is that my actual views would shock many of you. While I am indeed fiscally conservative and conservative in general about how I lead my own life, when it comes to social issues I am much more libertarian than anything else. I’ve never been registered with either party and I never plan to. As I result, I’ve never voted in a primary, either.
My approach in determining which candidate to vote for or what policy to support has always been to use logic. Some may call it a curse, but I found it a consequence of being a rocket scientist, by training. I’ve never been swayed by personality. I listen to all sorts of music, but rarely go to concerts and would never, ever go nuts over seeing a favorite singer in person. The same holds for politicians. You can be a motivating orator or a bumbling common man. I refuse to get caught up in emotion when helping to decide something as important as the direction of this great country.
At least, I used to refuse. Something happened with this travesty of a vote on Obamacare. I’ve had enough. I want the bleeding to stop. I want it to stop in 2010 with Congress. I want it to stop in 2012 with a new President.
I’ve never understood so-called single issue voters. People who neglect all other considerations and throw their support behind candidates based solely on their views on abortion, or gun control, or belief in global warming. After yesterday, though, I fear I have become one. My single issue is small government. Fiscal responsibility. Sanity. Yes, I have other views that I would like to see mirrored in my representatives. Things like a belief that America is an exceptional country, the need for a strong defense, and support of a scientific versus emotional approach to things like global warming.
But honestly? All that seems to pale in comparison today. I’m ready to make some strange bedfellows. I’m ready to see the irresponsible bastards who would force this legislation on an unwilling public simply because they could kicked out and soon. Enough in enough.
It shouldn’t be like this. I shouldn’t feel compelled to support someone–anyone–just because they claim support of small government. My decisions should be based on the big picture, on many axes of analysis, on a dispassionate, rational analysis. But I can already tell that I will find it hard, if not impossible, to hold myself to my usual approach.
It really shouldn’t be like this.