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February 13, 2005

California: Affecting America

Sclerosis Meets the Terminator

SAN FRANCISCO -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Austria's gift to American politics and other entertainments, cannot be president because he is not a "natural born citizen," but that does not mean his political power is confined to California. This state is so big -- the economy of Los Angeles County is almost as large as Russia's -- that the continent can reverberate from what happens here, and Schwarzenegger expects much to happen in the next 10 months....

His libertarianism extends beyond the theory of political economy he encountered as a young man in the writings of Milton Friedman and beyond the exuberant entrepreneurialism of his life, to social issues. He favors abortion rights, does not care if any state's voters endorse gay marriage and has "no use" for a constitutional amendment barring that. Hence some Republicans consider him useful but not a proper communicant in the church of true conservatism. However, his conservatism, more than theirs, is the point of the spear in conservatism's primary political challenge -- defeating liberalism's attempt to Europeanize America.

Well, there's someone to watch. Secular Republicans and Libertarians are uneasy about the direction of the Republican party, even when most of them are on board because of foreign policy and domestic fiscal issues, and that's a large number of people. Most of us in the center tend to think of the religious right as being at least as nutty as the angry left. It's interesting to finally have a prominent and powerful hero in American politics.

Posted by Jeff at February 13, 2005 12:54 AM


The religious right seem to me to be more of a threat to America and American foreign policy than the 'angry' left.

The right, the 'religious right', represent and control far more by way of business and finance and capital assets than the left (angry, or even the mildy pissed off, or slightly annoyed left). The right wields more real influence and real power than the idealistic and disenfranchised left. Ideas and ideology are no longer sufficient to force or influence change or enforce or ensure policy.

I'm not sure Arnie is the man to be counterbalance, though.

Posted by: kenny at February 14, 2005 05:13 PM

Well, that's an odd stereotype. Usually "the religious right" are characterized as a bunch of rednecks living in double-wide trailers in BFE America.

Oh, and, Hi Kenny!

Posted by: Jeff at February 15, 2005 02:48 PM

Hi Jeff

**looks around - very nice place you got here**

I'm thinking of the Billy Graham-type 'dollars for God' mob in smart suits and Wall St jobs with Ivy League degrees, rather than the 'hand grenades for Jesus' brigade.

What or where is "BFE America"?


Posted by: kenny at February 17, 2005 04:06 PM

I'll leave the "BFE" explanation to google. ;-)

Ya know, this is just a place where I can spout off without annoying anyone at Flakes; it's sort of like a pressure relief valve. You're the only reader in the last 8 months!

Posted by: Jeff at February 17, 2005 04:15 PM


I'm sure you've had plenty of visitors, Jeff. I like the site and the design. Good work, fella.

I haven't come to dump my leftie stuff on your doorstep.

I like your thinking and way of saying things, it just so happens I don't often agree with you!

Posted by: kenny at February 18, 2005 05:58 AM

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