Beck & Balko on the Republican Ticket '08
UPDATED 5 SEPT 08 1228 edst: Read this additional on-topic post from Billy Beck, as well as the embedded link.
...Look: lefties who are aces on The War On Drugs because they see the so-called "civil-liberties" (an absurd and hopelessly entrenched redundancy now) angle are also useless to a rational politics because they're so wrong about everything else. This is the stopped-clock syndrome: it doesn't matter how right they are about one important thing if that position doesn't spring from principles which can integrate and have integrated the rest of their politics. At that point, it's just arbitrary. They might as well just be magpies hollering from the trees.
Sarah Palin's position on guns is useless to me if she's about half-assed on everything else, which you should bet she is...
Billy Beck's take on the McCain acceptance speech, followed by Billy's overview of the Republican ticket.
Radley Balko then dumps a little ice water onto the Sarah Palin canonization frenzy.
Remember, fans of this season's statist vs. Marxist gladitorial combat - McCain is still the guy who said this back in April, 2006:
"He [Michael Graham] also mentioned my abridgement of First Amendment rights, i.e. talking about campaign finance reform....I know that money corrupts....I would rather have a clean government than one where quote First Amendment rights are being respected, that has become corrupt. If I had my choice, I’d rather have the clean government."
Listen to that statement at 1:02 as broadcast on Imus:
Dig that part about "...complet[ing] the job" of stopping corruption at 1:17?
Think he'll take his Presidential oath to protect and defend the Constitution any more seriously than the two oaths - one as US Senator and the other as a US Naval Officer - he violated by authoring and supporting the McCain-Feingold "political speech restriction" campaign-finance reform law?
You think I'm radical on the Second Amendment?
Just ask me about the permissible limits on political speech under the First Amendment.
To hell with McCain.
At least with Gus Hall, you know what you are getting when you cast your vote.