Mitt Kerry

I just came out with “Mitt Kerry” as a way to describe why Romney is such a bad idea that he makes mcCain look stolid and Presidential.

Then realized Kerry might possibly have been less panderiffic as President than I expect Romney to be.

The one positive about Romney is that he’s able to be a serious candidate despite being Mormon, much as it’s exciting that Clinton and Obama are serious candidates and could easily get that whole first woman or first black business out of the way so we can try to move on with people are all people and fuck history and any residual hang-ups. Heck, this even applies somewhat to McCain, with respect to age.

It just astonished me that I could conclude that Kerry, a “what were they thinking” candidate from the party if there ever was one, might have been preferable to Romney. And if I am thinking that, what does that say about Clinton and Obama? Would I really want Romney over either of them?

It’s a fascinating election, at any rate.

[I was sure I coined “panderiffic,” but Google seems to say otherwise, and this post doesn’t even come in the first few pages of results. Go figure. Also, seems funny how much I objected to Romney in 2008, in retrospect.]

Minivans

The funny thing about minivans (and SUVs) is that the same sorts of people who might tend to bash them are ones who would have the breeders strap their children into bulky protective seats until they are 10.

Minivans are useful even if you have only two kids, but mandatory if you have three or more at all proximate in age.

The safety and environmentally conscious, never been poor a day in their lives, how dare you ruin my planet by keeping the population from plummeting types get to unintentionally mandate and openly deride minivans all in one package.

(The above is the text of an e-mail to Glenn Reynolds in reaction to the linked post.)

Wrong. On. So. Many. Levels.

Not the least of which is that it angered me enough to do that funky punctuation thing.

But seriously: being poor is not a crime. If you have problems with the consequences of the welfare state, then you might want to take a hard look at the welfare state, rather than seeking to punish those who use it. You can’t humiliate people out of being poor any more than you can legally force them not to be poor. Going after the individual for the sins of society is useless at best. Or, to put it more bluntly, if you don’t think welfare ought to exist, get rid of it instead of fucking around with deciding who’s deserving. Either it’s ok for the government to take your money and give it to somebody else, or it isn’t. Once you stipulate that it is, and hand it over, you’ve lost control of it.

Even more seriously: this is only a start. Don’t you understand? It’s not going to stop there. It NEVER stops there. What is done today to the people who you think deserve it will be done to you tomorrow. And by the time it does, you’ll have forgotten that we were ever outraged by outrageous behavior.

Just you wait.

NYT

One of the reasons I no longer self-identify as conservative.

When a company chooses to offer a product it figures it can sell? I’m OK with that. As a matter of fact, I still subscribe to the notion that there’s this market thing that will cause them to stop trying to sell it if nobody buys it. And if people buy it? Well, they can do that. And the company makes money, and sinks it into crazy things like creating jobs and trying to figure out what will sell next. And the world goes ’round.

As a matter of fact, I feel vaguely reassured by the existence of Buck Fush t-shirts. I choose to see them as a sign that we’re a bit farther from the next revolution than I sometimes think we are.

More “help” from the TSA

Joyner:

Less amusing: “You already know you’re not a threat — show us!” Doesn’t that turn a free society on its head?

Why, yes. Yes it does.

You know, I went to elementary school in the early eighties, when the Russians were going to nuke us if the Japanese didn’t buy the whole place first, and I’ve got to say that more and more it sounds like someone pulled this shit straight from the scenarios that we heard about why the commies were the scariest people on Earth. I never would have guessed that we’d descend into this sort of madness in my lifetime.

Then again, as a child it was difficult to see how far down the path we’d already gone. The way things are when you’re growing up has a tendency to become permanently fixed in your mind as normal and therefore good, and given that those perceptions are limited and then blurred by age, it’s sometimes hard to believe that things stayed as good as they did for as long as they did. Humans are marvelously adaptive creatures. Sometimes, though, it seems a shame that we can get used to almost anything. This would be one of those times.