Comments: Miers

every time you bring up Hugh, you always say: "He's probably the most entertaining talk show host out there." lol, it reminds me of those dudes in the original Manchurian Candidate saying: "Raymond Shaw is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I've ever known in my life."

Posted by annika at October 12, 2005 07:25 PM

I think Mier's is a fine example of the broken system The conservatives make bad picks, and the democrats hate her for all the wrong reasons.

Posted by gunner at October 12, 2005 08:44 PM

Well, you've hit the nail on the head with Hugh but didn't quite follow through. The issue with both Bush and Hewitt is that they are conservative Republicans, not republican Conservatives. For both of them, party comes before principle.

It's annoying for a lot of people who mistakenly believed that Bush had solid conservative credentials. He doesn't. He's a generally conservative guy, but it's by nature, not because he's deeply considered the issues and decided that a conservative philosophy is a more valid approach. Smart he may be, but intellectual he's not.

The people who are the most upset are the ones who have spent the time to consider the issues and arrived at their conservatism through reasoned examination of their beliefs.

Of course, I'm slinging conservative around like it has a fixed immutable meaning here, but I hope you get the idea.

Posted by T at October 13, 2005 10:14 AM

Just a qucik clarification on CCRN:

CCRN was almost solely responsible for the actual PASSAGE of the Personal Protection Act (PPA) in Minnesota, both the first time, as well as the second (following it's being voided by more-than-somewhat-prejudiced judge). As a holder of a MN permit to carry, I greatly appreciated their actions on my behalf.

Minnesotans can now actually exercise our right to carry instruments of self-defense, rather than having it be a rarely-granted priviledge for the wealthy or politically well-connected. Minnesota has now joined the ranks of the other 38 states that have a variant of the "shall-issue" type of CCW law, rather than our old "sheriff's discrimation" rule.

Sorry to pick a nit.

Posted by blackwing1 at October 13, 2005 11:09 AM

Blackwing,
To counter nit pick:

You have to pay a bribe & beg permission to carry. That is not the eercise of a Right, that is the enjoyment of a privilege. The only two states where the Right to carry concealed or openly is recognized is Vermont & Alaska. Everyone else treats it as a privilege to be granted by government. In some states it's easier to get permission, but it's still permission.

Look at it this way - if you had to get a license in order to attend the church of yor choice, could you really say it was the exercise of a Right?

In most cases (not all) shall issue CCW laws are better than may issue, & both are preferable to having concealed carry prohibited, but I cringe whenever I see anyone try to convince themselves or anyone else that it's a Right when you have to await government's permission.

Posted by Publicola at October 13, 2005 03:44 PM
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