Thursday, March 27, 2008

"The Right Choice?" - A fair Conservative view

In "The Right Choice?", Andrew J. Bacewich, professor of history and international relations at Boston University, writes a profoundly insightful commentary on the current state of affairs. In this essay, published on "The American Conservative", he analyzes George W. Bush's neoconservative war policies, but also mentions other arguments as to why the GOP aren't conservative at all, like Bush letting the budget slide further into debt and his administration increasing the federal apparatus and the executuve offices and further diminishing the roles of the legislative and judiciary branches of government.
The writer opposes John McCain mostly due to his overt, staunch and continuing support for the war in Iraq, which the writer dubs as of huge cultural but minor military significance.
Mr. Bacewich also critizes Sen. Obama, because of his clear liberal profile. However, given the other candidates, he argues that Sen. Obama is the only one with a proven opposition of the Iraq war. Also, he is convinced an Obama presidency might prove to be a transformative one, one in which conservative legislation can at least be proposed and even might come to pass.

I find Mr. Bacewich's arguments to be very convincing indeed. Not based on politics, they are based on a clear standpoint (ie, conservatism) but without spin and simply by sticking to the facts. His elaborate analysis shatters what "liberal" and "conservative" have come to be distorted into, and reverts them to healthy political views that should be respected and not mutually exclusive. And not surprisingly, Sen. Obama's views coincide with this kind of analysis: that it is time to face the problems, deal with them, but not through blind partisanship and political sidewinding.

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