Sunday, September 5, 2010

Social and Fiscal Conservatism

Many conservatives have an acute and overwhelming sense that the government should stay out of their pocketbooks (a sense that I share). Through some feat of mental gymnastics they are able to do the opposite when it comes to social issues, and still call it conservatism.

You either believe that government is the answer to what ails us, or you believe government is what ails us (oversimplified, but... ).

If you believe government cannot be trusted with our money, what makes you think that they can be trusted to decide those substances we should be able to put into our body (nicotine, alcohol, caffeine, etc.) and those we cannot (all the other ones)?

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