A few days ago, the writer Christopher Buckley, son of the late William F. Buckley, wrote that he was voting for Barack Obama:
It's a good thing my dear old mum and pup are no longer alive. They'd cut off my allowance. ... Obama has in him -- I think, despite his sometimes airy-fairy "We are the people we have been waiting for" silly rhetoric -- the potential to be a good, perhaps even great leader.
Though Buckley didn't write the endorsement for the National Review, the conservative magazine his father founded, his vote for Obama has resulted in his departure from the magazine.
Within hours of my endorsement appearing in The Daily Beast it became clear that National Review had a serious problem on its hands. So the next morning, I thought the only decent thing to do would be to offer to resign my column there. This offer was accepted -- rather briskly! -- by Rich Lowry, NR's editor, and its publisher, the superb and able and fine Jack Fowler. I retain the fondest feelings for the magazine that my father founded, but I will admit to a certain sadness that an act of publishing a reasoned argument for the opposition should result in acrimony and disavowal.
My father in his day endorsed a number of liberal Democrats for high office, including Allard K. Lowenstein and Joe Lieberman. One of his closest friends on earth was John Kenneth Galbraith.
The election isn't even over yet and Republicans have started forming a circular firing squad.
I think the second link should be:
"Circular firing squad" -- that made my afternoon.
"The election isn't even over yet and Republicans have started forming a circular firing squad."
When I mention Rogers' right as publisher to print whatever he cares to in the way of commentary and how he handles "letters to the editor", it is called a whine. Now here, it is almost like you must think my comments are some sort of picayune squeek, in comparison to this crybaby!
And, it is all the fault of Republicans, and not any of this puling idiot's fault! It was Republicans that made him come out for Obama, like they literally forced him to reveal himself as some sort of socialist spy in their midst, all this time.
All newspapers and periodicals have the absolute right to pick and choose their journalists; if otherwise abiding by laws against discrimination. However, any bias against a political persuasion is NOT discrimination and a conservative/rightwing/Republican magazine can certainly fire someone diametrically opposed to their politics, and who otherwise represents them!
It is also the right of Rogers, as proprietor of his business, to hire and fire those he chooses to have as employees; if he otherwise does not discriminate as to sex, or race. In that regard, I seriously doubt Rogers would continue to employ someone who had come out for McCain, and as representing his business endeavors, at the same time.
Of course, that freedom in opinion and expression may soon be more stringently regulated, if Obama wins; denying the ability to use certain terms, and words; exceptions being in the service of Progressiveness and the perfection of American socialism under the enlightened taxation of the Democrat party.
Line up for "free" government medical care and be tested for the sake of your health. Refusal to take complete tests (including for banned substances) will result in civil action in defiance of governmental insurance regulations ... and may result in denial of medical care for continued refusal to test.
Talk about "rights" and you'll be giving government that "right" to take control of your personal life ... and make you wait in line like a slave to wait for it ...
Only problem with your view of state-run health care being a slippery slope into a 1984 Big Brother world is that Canada has it and the government doesn't seem to be reading their mail and censoring their thoughts.
AAmerican says, "Only problem with your view of state-run health care being a slippery slope into a 1984 Big Brother world is that Canada has it and the government doesn't seem to be reading their mail and censoring their thoughts."
I spent a career in the military, and government healthcare ... go fool a progressive ...
I for one am very grateful for Medicare which is a government run health care program because otherwise I wouldn' t have any healt care at all. They are very good to me and my children I think everyone in the US should have it too!
Glenda, that's a nice sentiment.
It is ironic, isn't it, that illegal immigrants can gain "free" medical care at the vast majority of hospitals in the states of the nation?
Your medicare is a result of a life of work and payment to the "insurance" you now have through taxes and withholding; along with that of millions of others who work and pay taxes.
Only the disabled or aged/retired are supposedly eligible for Medicare ... not everyone. However, "everyone" can go to an emergency room when they need medical care, and illegals do so on a routine basis (I've seen them there for "colds").
It is a myth of the Left that supposed millions don't have "medical care". It is an indirect lie, in order to play on your sympathy, instead of your reasoning ability; always turned-off when emotions are raging. The Left desires a socialistic economic system, and find a lot of "emotion" that they can use to evolve a capitalistic medical care system, and insurance, into one controlled and paid for by "government".
With the additon of millions to "Medicare", you'll wait in line, longer ... of that there is absolutely no doubt.
Indeed, the government's secret experiments will INCREASE, from whatever level is now SECRETLY being done, and as it did in allowing the military to experiment in this instance, The US Navy sprays civilians with "marked" germs (supposedly harmless bacteria not normally infecting humans unless their immunological system was impaired ... the sick and poor).
[BTW, my guess is that the "marked" bacteria carried a well known retro virus as the marker!]
That's the Ends-Justify-The-Means philosophy that government assumes as its Right!
They can conduct chemical warfare against the Geneva Convention in South Vietnam, because they were using Agent Orange, against THEMSELVES, and to hell with the actual meaning and philosophy behind the Geneva Convention.
Government controlled, socialist medical care will result in experiments ... count on it ...