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NewsReal Blog Round Up: Libertarianism, Obama's Single-Payer speech, Identity Politics Humor, Jihadi Anti-Semitism

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Posted on August 5 2009 2:52 pm
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Jon Rowe delivers the kind of thoughtful argumentation we’ve come to expect from him. In a gay marriage dispute between Andrew Sullivan and Robert P. George, Rowe parts ways with both of them and advocates the political philosophy that has nourished so much of his commentary:

However, libertarianism offers probably what is closest to true neutrality in a pluralistic world where we disagree over concepts of “the good.” All laws impose morality. And libertarianism stands for the least amount of government, and consequently the least amount of government-imposed morality. Moreover, the legally imposed moral rules that libertarians endorse — that government should outlaw force, [and] fraud, and do little more — also form a lowest common denominator of agreement among all sane people (that is liberals, conservatives and libertarians).

Over at Red State, Dan Perrin posted a video of President Obama from 2003 when he advocated for a Single Payer health care plan:

As useful as this clip might seem at first glance, I hesitate to really pick it up for one simple reason: this was six years ago. If it was six months ago we might have a stronger case. But the fact of the matter is that people’s opinions and ideas change and evolve. Obama could very easily say, “Well I’ve changed my mind. I don’t favor single-payer anymore.” And he might be honest in saying so. (Though I’m sure plenty of conservatives would suggest that he only changed his mind when he realized Single-Payer was politically infeasible. Or perhaps he’s part of the Barney Frank school of thought, believing that a public option should come first, followed by single payer.)

I can easily put myself in Obama’s shoes here. Someone could pull up one of my old columns, point to some view I expressed another lifetime ago and then insist that I still held that view. I’d dismiss him or her as a simpleminded loon.

Speaking of less-than-stellar thinking, Bookworm highlighted some in the form of a joke that led into her discussion of Dennis Prager’s recent column:

Two men met on the street.  One looked very angry.

“What’s the problem?” asked the first man of his friend.

“I’m r-r-really a-a-ngy,” he stuttered.  “I app-ap-applied for a j-j-job as an an-an-announcer at the-the-the r-r-r-radio s-s-station and they t-t-turned me-me-me d-d-d-own.”

This statement was followed by a long pause, after which the stutter reached his own conclusions about what had happened:

“D-d-d-damned an-an-antisemites!”

Real Anti-Semitism, though, is hardly a laughing matter. Over at JihadWatch, another publication of the David Horowitz Freedom Center, Robert Spencer called out Great Britain for its hypocrisy in allowing the anti-Semitic Saudi imam Shaikh Abdur-Rahman Al-Sudais to speak while banning anti-Jihad politician Geert Wilders from entering the country.

Be sure and visit JihadWatch regularly and check out Robert’s new book Stealth Jihad if you haven’t already.

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