September 2nd, 2004


Reagan Republicans

There are some interesting points made by some writers, both of whom support Reagan and the Republican party.

Judgment Day
Yes on Schwarzenegger. No on Bush.

By William Saletan
Posted Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2004, at 12:12 AM PT

"Arnold Schwarzenegger gives one hell of a speech tonight. It's the best speech I've seen at either of this year's conventions. I bet he persuaded a lot of people who share some Republican attitudes but feel uncomfortable with the party's hard core—people like me—to think seriously about voting for President Bush."

Huh. But then he continues: "If you're one of those folks, I'd like to talk to you about why a Schwarzenegger Republican shouldn't support Bush."

So, regardless of what side you're on, I ask you to read it. And if you support Bush, I encourage you and ask you to reply to it. If you don't want to do it in 'enemy territory' (i.e. my journal) then do it in your own, marked friends-only if you want, or even in an email to me (which I will not, of course, show to anyone else) if you want complete privacy. But I want to hear what you think about it and if, as I suspect, you disagree with it, why. I will even promise not to reply to you if you want to just give your opinion without having to feel attacked or challenged afterwards. But I do want to know what you think about that and if you disagree with it, why you do.

I will not pretend to currently understand how people can support Bush, and I do want to understand more about it. Like I said, I'm even promising to shut up and do nothing but listen if that's what it'll take - which as you know causes me physical pain - but I'll do what I have to do to hear what you have to say. :)

Ok, next stuff:

There are a bunch of small posts, too many to try to quote them all, so just take a look.