Have you seen today's Boston Globe?...

A. Joseph Ross Joe@attorneyross.com
Sat Nov 15 14:30:13 EST 2008

On 15 Nov 2008 Scott Fybush wrote:

> So what do you make of this decidedly non-conservative who agrees 100%
> with Dan - I don't want the government regulating political speech OR
> sexual content on radio or TV?

It's not entirely a conservative position, and there are a lot of 
positions on various issues which were once liberal and are now 
conservative and vice versa.  For example, isolationism was a strong 
conservative position in the 1950s.  In the late 60s and 70s, it was 
often a liberal position.  In 1960, it was Kennedy who complained 
about Eisenhower's cuts in the defense budget.  Stevenson, in 1956, 
proposed eliminating the military draft.  In 1968, Nixon promised to 
do it and, eventually did so.  Since then, it has been liberals who 
have been more opposed to any attempt to restore the draft.  But it 
was Harry Truman, in the late 1940s, who pushed Universal Military 
Training.  I'm sure anyone can find many other examples.

So it's not liberal or conservative, it's whether someone has the 
integrity to apply their principles to different situations or to 
have a principled reason why not to.  I have less respect for people 
who are for small government if they are only for small government 
when it comes to business regulation, but want intrusive government 
when it comes to personal liberties.  Likewise, I think there's 
something inconsistent about people who claim to be pro-life, but 
favor the death penalty.

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