Monday, January 26, 2009

Pro-American and Conservative Obama

In neo-conservative Bill Kristol's last column in the New York Times, he actually paid Obama a compliment:

We don’t really know how Barack Obama will govern. What we have so far, mainly, is an Inaugural Address, and it suggests that he may have learned more from Reagan than he has sometimes let on. Obama’s speech was unabashedly pro-American and implicitly conservative.
Obama appealed to the authority of “our forebears,” “our founding documents,” even — political correctness alert! — “our founding fathers.” He emphasized that “we will not apologize for our way of life nor will we waver in its defense.” He spoke almost not at all about rights (he had one mention of “the rights of man,” paired with “the rule of law” in the context of a discussion of the Constitution). He called for “a new era of responsibility.”

As I've said many times, Obama will govern as a pragmatic centrist, which in many ways will look 'conservative'. That pretty well describes my political philosophy as well these days.

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