Ousted Nevada Assemblyman Steven Brooks was formally sentenced for leading California police on a car chase and then hitting a dog with a wrench:
“Brooks has already served 485 days in San Bernardino and Rancho Cucamonga jails, and with an additional 485 days of conduct credits, his sentence has been served in full. However, Deputy District Attorney Shannon Faherty said Brooks has two ‘extraditable holds’ for charges in Nevada, so he will ‘get on the bus’ back to jail and wait for his likely extradition.”
Of course, there is still plenty of craziness left in the Nevada Democrat Party: A Secretary of State who believes the rights of zombies trump the 1st Amendment; Harry Reid; a state Treasurer who believes in the anti-time inversion of the laws of cause and effect; a state Senator who channels Berthold Brecht in the basest racial terms; Harry Reid; and Auton-American Shelley Berkley.
Should these be considered diametrically opposed worldviews, or simply two sides of the same coin?
Russell Kirk would certainly agree that “libertarians” (or as Hayek prefers to call them “liberals,” in the classic sense) and “conservatives” are not the same thing.
However Frank Meyer‘s “fusionism,” suggests that traditional American conservatism and “classical liberalism”/”libertarianism” are but two sides to the same coin.
What traditional conservatives want to conserve, is the liberty that the classical liberals love, and the American society that made that liberty possible. That liberty, though, does not exist in a vacuum, and can only exist if the people and society are conducive towards it. That natural virtue that allowed America to keep its freedom for so long is something that can only grow organically from society, and can pop into existence neither through sheer lack of government nor through government dictate. Once that is gone, it can not be replaced. A working society requires limits, either they come from within, or it must be imposed. The brilliance of America lies in the fact that society was capable of self-regulation without government imposition, such that liberty could thrive.
Culture, norms, mores, folkways, &c. are important and must be fought for and protected, but it can only be done OUTSIDE the realm of coercie government. Society, generally speaking, must be allowed to regulate itself. Above all else, the government should not be given the tools to destroy that culture the allowed liberty to thrive. Continue reading
Thirteen years ago today, America was attacked. Never forget the victims who died, and those who fought back.
In Pace , Requiescat.
“That the subjects… may have arms for their defence suitable to their conditions and as allowed by law”
- The English Bill of Rights.
Nigel Farage, of the UK Independence Party (UKIP), gave an interview where he made a sane and rational statement: “I think the ban on handguns is ludicrous.”
Unsurprisingly, some freedom-hating Brits think this is a scary idea:
While she sees an indictment. We see a bit of sanity starting to show up.