Hayek is a European and because of that he comes to liberalism from a slightly different tradition then American liberals. American liberals roots are in James Madison and Thomas Jefferson, but Madison and Jefferson took their philosophies from a range of influences including the Greeks and Romans, the French Revolution and native Americans , but his point of view is still applicable in so far as some general attitudes….. Why I Am Not a Conservative By Nobel laureate F. A. Hayek
Let me return, however, to the main point, which is the characteristic complacency of the conservative toward the action of established authority and his prime concern that this authority be not weakened rather than that its power be kept within bounds. This is difficult to reconcile with the preservation of liberty. In general, it can probably be said that the conservative does not object to coercion or arbitrary power so long as it is used for what he regards as the right purposes. He believes that if government is in the hands of decent men, it ought not to be too much restricted by rigid rules. Since he is essentially opportunist and lacks principles, his main hope must be that the wise and the good will rule – not merely by example, as we all must wish, but by authority given to them and enforced by them. Like the socialist, he is less concerned with the problem of how the powers of government should be limited than with that of who wields them; and, like the socialist, he regards himself as entitled to force the value he holds on other people.
Democracy is not just a liberal invention, democracy is liberalism extended to a system of government. Whether its the conservatism of the Gilded Age or modern conservtism which is based largely on social-darwinism, conservatism is the antithesis of democracy. If liberalism or democracy has a weakness it is that it allows clicks to act as a kind of mob rule by combining into a majority. Madison said, “by a faction, I understand a number of citizens, whether amounting to a majority or a minority of the whole, who are united and actuated by some common impulse of passion or of interest, adversed to the rights of other citizens, or to the permanent and aggregate interests of the community.” Adverse to the rights of others: could anythings more apt to describe the major trait of modern conservatives.
4. Iraqis are grateful for the US presence and want US forces there to help them build their country. Opinion polls show that between 66% and 80% of Iraqis want the US out of Iraq on a short timetable. Already in the last parliament, some 120 parliamentarians out of 275 supported a resolution demanding a timetable for US withdrawal, and that sentiment will be much stronger in the newly elected parliament.
In the why aren’t the Right-wing blogtopians writing about this story department, besides being busy jumping up and down like spoiled brats claiming that Buunypants has war powers that Congress never gave him……..Dr. Germ and Mrs. Anthrax Set Free
After all, it was to stop these mad leaders of Saddam Hussein’s allegedly booming weapons-of-mass-destruction programs that the United States invaded Iraq in March 2003. We were told at the time by the White House that the U.N. inspectors scouring the country were being blocked by lying officials and scientists, themselves complicit in breaking U.N. sanctions, and so we wouldn’t get the truth until we could interrogate them as prisoners. Yet, when Rihab “Dr. Germ” Taha and Huda “Mrs. Anthrax” Ammash, both of whom were once on a Pentagon most-wanted list, were released after two-and-a-half years, their U.S. captors didn’t even announce it. When questioned afterward as to why no war crimes charges had been brought against the pair, U.S. commander Gen. George Casey said in a joint statement with the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, Zalmay Khalilzad, that they “no longer posed a security threat to the people of Iraq and to the Coalition forces.” U.S. forces “therefore, had no legal basis to hold them any longer.”
In the up is down, down is up department….DOJ Investigation of NSA Whistleblower, Says Government Must Independently Investigate Violation of Wiretap Laws
“President Bush broke the law and lied to the American people when he unilaterally authorized secret wiretaps of U.S. citizens. But rather than focus on this constitutional crisis, Attorney General Gonzales is cracking down on critics of his friend and boss. Our nation is strengthened, not weakened, by those whistleblowers who are courageous enough to speak out on violations of the law.” “To avoid further charges of cronyism, Attorney General Gonzales should call off the investigation. Better yet, Mr. Gonzales ought to fulfill his own oath of office and appoint a special counsel to determine whether federal laws were violated.”
At the very least Gonzales shouls recuse himself sense he has been the one selling the claim that Congress granted Bunnypants unlimited powers……..Congress Denied Bush War Powers in U.S.
“Literally minutes before the Senate cast its vote, the administration sought to add the words ‘in the United States and’ after ‘appropriate force’ in the agreed-upon text,” Daschle wrote. “This last-minute change would have given the president broad authority to exercise expansive powers not just overseas — where we all understood he wanted authority to act — but right here in the United States, potentially against American citizens. I could see no justification for Congress to accede to this extraordinary request for additional authority. I refused.”
THERE I was, sitting in my office in Manhattan and minding my own business, when the bald-headed guy walked in and tossed five C notes on my battered desk.
If there had been any business save my own to mind, I probably would have been more particular. But five C’s—when you were just contemplating if Shanty Sam around the corner would go on the arm for another couple of hamburgers—definitely was real kush. So when he put the valise, about four-by- three feet, on my desk alongside the five centuries, Mike Grady wasn’t in any mood to argue.
“Just deliver this to me in the St. Francis in San Francisco,” he said. “There’s nothing hot about it. It’s only a piece of wood, harmless and inanimate.” Boy, what a soft touch this was, boy, oh boy! “What’s in it?” “A dummy,” he mumbled. “Just a dummy. One of those things a ventriloquist uses. You know—a dummy?” “Sure,” I said. “Dummies. I know them—lots of ’em.” – from the story TIME TO KILL By Leo Hoban