another alternative conservatism

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  1. UnchartedSpirit

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    Edited to shorten link - click here

    Then again, how would we determine the difference between these people and liberals? Location?

    [ March 07, 2006, 09:47 PM: Message edited by: LadyEagle ]
     
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    Er...liberals don't homeschool?

    Interesting read. [​IMG]
     
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    I'd suggest asking yourself two questions:

    1) How do I define a liberal.

    2) What is it about liberals that I don't like.
     
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    Yes, liberals homeschool. A liberal-homeschooled kiddo won the national spelling bee a few years ago.

    BTW, here's how "crunchy" conservtives differ from the kind you find in Washington these days:

    "It’s not because they reject capitalism or seek to appear “holier-than-thou.” It’s because they understand the importance of postponing gratification in building character. They know that people accustomed to satisfying every material want are not likely to exercise restraint in any area of their lives."

    That kind of consevative is conspicuously absent in Washington thse days.
     
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    I meant physical differencecs, like if they wear tiedies like liberals. Has anyone actually seen one?
     
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    Liberals are into tie dye?

    [​IMG]

    Apparently so.
     
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    Yes they do. I believe Joshua Villines homeschools his son.

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    I enjoyed the piece, just because it points out that the conservative-liberal divide is often artificial.

    I sent my kids to public schools. At times they received an excellent education; at other times, not. At all times I considered it my duty to supplement what they were receiving in the classroom.

    I support public education, but I am not sure that I would want it for my grandchildren if an alternative were available. I would be willing to take on the responsibility for much of it — there are some subjects that I'm just not up to — not because I oppose public education in general but because I think I — with enough time, of course, which is not guaranteed — could do better. But this is not a blanket statement: My daughter had an excellent education in English (a critical survey of Shakepeare and immersion in poetry) and in history (Ask her about the Peace of Augsburg) than I could have readily provided, though I gladly imparted what I could about the subject. My son did not get the same courses but was imbued with a knowledge of many subjects that he would not have learned in the classes but learned at home.

    I realize that many parents would not have had the advantages I had in being able to pass along this information. So I think, in a democratic society, we should strive to see that every child is given some basic level of education that will benefit us all.

    I am a liberal on some issues, a conservative on others. I suspect I am much like most people in that area. I am passionately for freedom of religion, separation of church of state. I am conflicted about the death penalty. I think drugs are a scourge but am doubtful about the efficacy of laws that criminalize drug use. I believe in the progressive income tax. I do not think that the welfare state should support dysfunctional behavior. I want my life and property secure; I do know that unlimited gun ownership is particularly successful in securing that right. I don't like government interference in my private life. Etc.

    I make a good living. I drive a 20-year-old car and think we are wasteful of our resources. I wear Okibashi sandals (they last forever) when I can and wear a tie when it's appropriate. I have taught my children that materialism is folly and I have a 401k and IRAs, as well as CDs.

    I am, I guess, just like many Americans who reject left and right and just try to live a balanced life, and we often get it wrong. Sometime we get it right.
     

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