The big flaws on both sides

Shrinkwrapped has an interesting take on the election. He notes that both candidates have some troubling authoritarian tendencies:

Thus far we have seen authoritarian tendencies in both candidates. John McCain’s authoritarianism has been nowhere more apparent than in his presumption to understand better political speech than our founders. Our founders understood that controlling political speech was the first step toward tyranny and explicitly declared that “Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press.” John McCain has exhibited an authoritarian bent in other areas as well, arising from his conviction that he is more noble and pure minded than others. This is of concern…

Barack Obama has explicitly directed his followers to restrict the free speech of those who have the temerity to oppose him. My post on Joe the Plumber last week documented some of the troubling ways in which his supporters have attacked a citizen whose only crime was to elicit an unhelpful comment from Barack Obama. Of great concern, Obama not only made no attempt to rein in his supporters but has used techniques which border on the extrajudicial to intimidate and silence his opponents int he past. Thus, while I find reason for concern about both candidates authoritarian tendencies, I remain much more concerned about Barack Obama’s apparent comfort with efforts made to intimidate and silence opponents.

Meanwhile, Robert Robb at RCP thinks both parties ought to lose the election. With Congress’s approval below 20% and the President’s not much better, the fervor for a political messiah seems a little odd — but then again, maybe the explanation is quite simple.

2 Responses to “The big flaws on both sides”

  1. gs Says:

    The big flaws on both sides

    Indeed.

    I live in an uncontested state and donations are my primary option for influencing the election.

    McCain’s Palin pick made me concede that Obama was clearly the greater evil. Then, as my hand was reaching for my credit card (so to speak), I was nonplussed by McCain’s erratic behavior when the financial crisis hit.

    By keeping my wallet closed, in effect I am acquiescing to an Obama presidency. The later I change my mind about keeping my wallet closed, the less chance I will have to affect the outcome.

    Nevertheless, I remain undecided.

    I wonder if there is a significant group of would-be McCain supporters in my position.

  2. gs Says:

    The Corner and View from the Right quote Palin on illegal immigration. Another compassionate conservative. John Derbyshire, correctly, doesn’t take excuses.

    Enough is enough. I will do nothing to help the McCain-Palin ticket win this election. “McCain-Palin. We’ll Wreck the Country Slower.” is not a slogan to make me tap my precarious financial resources.

    Since my parents were destitute non-English-speaking refugees, I am strongly pro-immigration, but I am even more strongly for the rule of law[1]. A nation that pursues fiascos like the War on Drugs but refuses to enforce its borders…well, I’ll just say the USA’s prospects looked bleak in the 1970s but that time we experienced a renaissance…

    Note to McCain: Duke Cunningham was a war hero too.

    Afaic this is now beside the point, but what in heaven is McCain thinking?
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    [1] Strongly as I am for the rule of law, I am just as strongly against a metastasized legal code choked with crimes which are little more than malfeasances of which an influential pressure group disapproves.

    /rant

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