The Greater Fool

Why the current conservatism in this country is so distasteful

Paul [has] none of the resentment that burns in Gingrich or the fakeness that defines Romney or the fascistic strains in Perry's buffoonery. He has yet to show the Obama-derangement of his peers, even though he differs with him. He has now gone through two primary elections without compromising an inch of his character or his philosophy. This kind of rigidity has its flaws, but, in the context of the Newt Romney blur, it is refreshing. He would never take $1.8 million from Freddie Mac. He would never disown Reagan, as Romney once did. He would never speak of lynching Bernanke, as Perry threatened. When he answers a question, you can see that he is genuinely listening to it and responding - rather than searching, Bachmann-like, for the one-liner to rouse the base. He is, in other words, a decent fellow, and that's an adjective I don't use lightly. We need more decency among Republicans.

I don't often blog about politics (or religion, for that matter) but occasionally I come across something thoughtful and feel the need to voice my dissent or "mega-dittos." Here is a blog from Andrew Sullivan endorsing Ron Paul for the 2012 election. Sullivan contrasts Paul to his contemporaries, among them, the current darlings of the polls. While I don't agree with his endorsement of Ron Paul as the best answer, I certainly like his summary of the current GOP platform of fear-mongering, extremist views, and a general lack of restraint and decency.

FWIW, I like Huntsman's bid for the less fascist side of conservatism.