There is no one size fits all as individuals are subject to different life experiences, some experiences making an imprint & some not. We all have different views based on those experiences, but I believe it important that there not be a desire to control others law abiding actions, except where necessary. It's the definition of necessary that creates controversy.
Originally Posted by zeus3925
I would be less than lukewarm to all of the above, though each may have some individual deeds worthy of praise. I consider them left of moderate Republicans.
When you say Republican, I think of Ed Rawlins, Charlie Crist, Dick Lugar, Bush the elder, etc.. They are decent folks and if the ran the local bank, I could leave my money with them. Certainly, I'm not philosophically in sync with them all the time, but I like to hear their viewpoints.
Being a nice person does not excuse a lack of fiscal competence (Read My Lips) or failure to be a good manager when in higher office. I personally like Jon Kyl who was included in the list of 6 Senators & something like 50 Representatives who scored 90% or better on Club for Growths Fiscal Responsibility list. BTW - Ron Paul, the darling of the uninformed, was in the 65% range so he is not as anti spending as he would want one to believe.
Steve Forbes, Editor of Forbes & former POTUS candidate is what I would call a bright moderate Republican. Having read the magazine pre-Steve until now, he is a true spokesman for most of what is good about business in America.
When you say conservative, I think of William F. Buckley. Certainly a learned and articulate spokesman for conservatism. I am not from the same social class, so my starting point is different than his, but I found him quite thought provoking.
I truly enjoyed National Review with Buckley at the helm, it appears the magazine is continuing that tradition of high quality written articles. One should subscribe for nothing else other than to improve their vocabulary. Many of the articles are thought provoking though they may be somewhat contrary to one's established train of thought. I expect to read "God & Man at Yale" when my table clears somewhat.
My own personal thought process, though trending more conservative yearly after having voted for Stevenson in '52 (didn't believe a military person should be POTUS), really came about while reading "Conscience of a Conservative" by Barry Goldwater in the early '60s. It allowed me to be exposed to a sensible approach to governing & what has transpired since then says Goldwater was correct. This would be a different world today had the election gone differently.
These people are entertainers, the mention of his name probably drives Limbaugh into ecstacy, but when he is not patting himself on the back he can be very informative & would have to be considered the best of the radio babblers. You have to admit he is stuck on himself. But he drives a large audience & moved McCain in the right direction during the campaign for POTUS. McCain went from unacceptable to somewhat so because of that move, John just wasn't comfortable with it. Mrs. McCain would have made a better POTUS than any of them.
Then there is Limbaugh who people call a Republican, and says he is not, he says he is a conservative. To me he sounds more like a bitter, mean barroom blowhard that is impressed with the sound of his own voice more than with the sound of his thoughts.
I listen to very little radio or watch little TV - Sports & the market are what interest me - occasionally a sitcom. & Yes I do try to do a little dog training though distances to acceptable training areas make that harder to accomplish all the time.
The rest - Hannity, O'Reilly, Coulter, et al are pseudo conservative, they'd be liberal if there was any money in it. Their worthy of little comment.
Who I do like to read are Thomas Sowell, Michael Barone, Mona Charen, Virginia Postrel (former editor of Reason) & on occasion Michelle Malkin though she can go where I'm not interested in going. Anything by the 1st 4 is worthy of one's time.
I'm not sure what I've posted will be helpful but it is a subject that is hard to put into words. There probably is no perfect Conservative Republican, the closest has probably been Goldwater. & he had a libertarian streak which is admirable.
Can you help me out here Marv. Which is which?