Watching this thing (damn, what is my major malfunction in doing that?), something occurs to me. Huckabee’s speech was filled with things that ought to appeal to me. Lots of mentions of freedom, and liberty, and the dangers of government. I agree strongly with those things. But I know Huckabee doesn’t really mean them. He doesn’t believe that I ought to be free to eat a bacon-wrapped hot dog. He doesn’t believe I should be free to purchase a condom at any store that wants to sell me one. He doesn’t believe that a state-licensed pharmacist should be obligated to sell my girlfriend a state-controlled substance which will prevent her from getting pregnant. He doesn’t believe that I should be free to purchase television from channels like HBO that feature nudity, or for that matter, smoking. He doesn’t believe that I should be free to purchase books from Amazon without the government being appraised of what titles I buy. He doesn’t believe that should my government accuse me of a crime, I should have a right to have a lawyer present when I am questioned. He doesn’t believe the government ought to be prevented from forcing me to give evidence against myself. He doesn’t believe that the government has an obligation to produce evidence against me, or to let me go.
He believes in a small government that nonetheless gets to have input into how I masturbate.
When I watched the Democratic convention, I heard a lot of things that I thought were stupid, but which I acknowledge many Democrats strongly believe. Watching this convention, I here a lot of things that sound good. Right up until I realize that it is all a bunch of bullshit. Just another bright and shining lie.