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Din perspectiva libertariana.

[…]What I mean is that the political classes celebrate various kinds of people in the abstract only. For example, we have been hearing ad nauseum that Joe Biden is a guy with „working class roots.” The New York Times breathlessly intoned that Biden – whose father was a salesman, not a factory worker – was a „lunchbucket Democrat,” while the Boston Globe went a step further with „an Irish Catholic lunch-bucket Democrat,” and so on. Yet, Biden hardly is a working-class stiff and he has been in the U.S. Senate for more than 35 years.

Time and again, we see the glowing references to supposed „working-class” Democrats like John Edwards, who lived in a South Carolina mill village as a child. Yet, what happens when a female candidate with real „working-class” credentials appears on the scene?

The response has been both hilarious and pathetic: We hear things like, „She wears her hair in a beehive,” and the press is fixated on her shoes. (I recall that when Martha Stewart was on trial, the press was fixated on what she wore and not on the wretched legal substance on which the charges against her were based.) One would think that McCain had picked Mammy Yokum to be his running mate. […]

Second, we are seeing the ultimate Beltway hypocrisy when it comes to children. Leftist blogs like the Daily Kos and Pandagon tried to claim that the Down’s Syndrome child she recently bore really belonged to her 17-year-old daughter, Bristol, and that Palin faked her pregnancy. (Actually, that would be quite a feat, since Bristol is five months pregnant and Trig, the Downs boy, was born to Sarah Palin this past March.)

In fact, the whole issue with her five children brings us to another important insight about the Beltway Culture: the people there like children in the abstract, but not in reality. Children mean something only if one can make a political statement about them, or if they are being brought up in government day care centers and government schools. In other words, the only value children bring to the Beltway is that they are a nice backdrop for promotion of state-run programs. Their value is in their political symbolism, and nothing else. […]

Palin and the Beltway Pundits – William L. Anderson

The frenzied reaction of the middle class all over the country toward Sarah Palin has no real precedent that I can remember. Indeed, the reaction especially among women is completely understandable. She provides a much welcome cultural break from the chip-on-the-shoulder, grudge-against-the-world model of public women that have been held up to us for years, embodied in the belligerent and insufferable person of Hillary Clinton.

Sarah, on the other hand, is both beautiful and professionally accomplished, a wife and mother and a natural politician, both religious and secular, both feminine and fears no tasks such as hunting that are usually associated with men. She offers a different model of a woman who has excelled not through intimidation and aggressive demands for reparation, but through her own efforts, charms, and intelligence.

What’s more, her political outlook has much to recommend it, from what we can gather so far. There is a libertarian impulse here. She has rejected the perks of public life in favor of common sense. She is friendly to business interests but unfriendly to special privileges. She has praised Ron Paul and rejected the party mentality of GOP regulars. […]

The claim against her that she lacks „experience” is one of the most bogus things out there. For starters, the history of VPs shows a long history of people with very little of what is called „experience” today. And contrary to what media pundits say, what is far more important than experience are the political values you hold.

The demand for experience seems to imply that somehow we are seeking social and global managers for public office, and that is manifestly what we do not want. In a truly liberal society, the job of a White House executive could be held by anyone or no one.

Now, the sad part begins. The first job of anyone who works for the government – and that is the job of the vice president – is to echo the line of the government. People find that to be reasonable. It really comes down to a matter of job loyalty. If you are working for Burger King, you have an obligation not to criticize their hamburgers publicly.

But in government, this job requirement takes on a different cast. When a decent person accepts a job such as vice president, our first instinct is to celebrate that good people are in a position of power and influence. This is what the McCain campaign is counting on. But this is an illusion. The influence runs completely the other way. Good people become part of the party machine and surrender all their principles in order to survive.

Sarah Palin’s Career Ends in Tragedy – Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.

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Written by machiavellian

Septembrie 4, 2008 la 3:22 pm

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  1. [Aici nu se face spam. Regulile blogului sunt clare, iti sugerez sa le consulti. machiavellianu’]

    Alexandru Dumitraşcu

    Septembrie 7, 2008 at 9:38 pm


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