Tuesday, March 09, 2004
Mark Steyn == Me???

Mark Steyn expounds on what a government is, what it should do, and what it should not do. In the process, he touches on Haiti:

[C]onsider Haiti. John Kerry, in quite the most stupid observation of his campaign, insisted that Bush should have sent in the troops to Haiti to prop up President Aristide - or 'Father Aristide', as Kerry likes to call him, defrocking notwithstanding - because the Holy Father was 'democratically elected'. After a fashion. But so what? Charles Taylor, the recently retired head wacko of Liberia, was also democratically elected. The tinpot thugs of the world have got very good at being just democratic enough to pass muster: they kill a lot of people, they hold an election for the benefit of the IMF, and then, when the international observers are gone, they pick up the machetes and resume where they left off. The problem in Haiti is that the necessary conditions for civil society don't exist. Fetishising Aristide's 'election' appeals to Kerry's reflexive belief that government is the be all and end all. But it isn't.
It's scary how much I agree with this man.
I'm a small-government guy, so my default position on any issue is that, generally speaking, I'm on whichever side the government's not.


That's my basic rule: whatever the problem, the government's a bigger one. Those cultists at Waco may have been a bit kooky (whoops), but they didn't deserve to get immolated by Janet Reno's stooges. If she'd opened fire on a gay bathhouse instead of a Branch Davidian compound, you'd never have heard the end of it from the media Lefties.


I'm a conservative, and I don't need any qualifying adjectives. My objection isn't to the deficit, it's to the big wasteful government programmes that lead to the deficit. If the Dems wanted to balance the budget by cutting the spending, I'd be the first to dance up and down shaking my pom-poms. But they don't. They want to balance the budget by raising taxes, which is no help either way.
Frightening, indeed.
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