We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
...the biggest, most rotten zombie we will see in Charlotte is the class-warfare rhetoric that has already dominated Obama’s campaign. Obama and crew have no new ideas for rescuing the economy from a Greece-like meltdown. Nor do they have an answer for the Republican Convention’s celebrations of self-reliance, self-improvement, hard work, entrepreneurship, and acceptance of risk and responsibility that success requires and that freedom makes possible. These all are part of America’s DNA, the virtues that made this country the richest and most powerful in history. And the alternatives to these virtues––the dependency, stagnation, passivity, indolence, rent-seeking, and buck-passing that for more than a century have attended every species of big-government socialism that ever existed––these alternatives to American virtues have been tried for a century and failed miserably. Indeed, we’re watching their slow-motion dissolution in the Eurozone even as we speak.
I am happy that it's getting to the point that the GOP is not afraid to call out the fact the guy has not been at work for months and months. We got to see this up close and personal when we had the APEC conference here last year. The lazy SOB came out to this boondoggle conference for a week, and all he did the whole time was play golf, except when he made a peremptory welcoming speech to the conference. Then all of these folks just moved to the next boondoggle ASEAN conference in Australia and Bali, and he followed them there and I am sure repeated the same pattern.
What we'll hear, though, is a caricature of the Republicans as the party that will step over your inert body if you collapse on the street rather than put you in an ambulance, as if the only choices available were total government dependency at one extreme and a living in the Unabomber's cabin at the other. It's what statists so often miss: people can cooperate with and help each other through voluntary institutions, not just through mandatory government programs.