March 23, 2016
More political variety
I admire the even coverage the Sky-Hi News provides for political opinion, usually with matching columns by Felicia Muftic and Bill Hamilton. My political leanings lie somewhere between Constitutional conservatism (i.e., limited government as defined by the Founders) and Libertarianism (i.e., no government). Thus, much of what is claimed to be conservatism in media reports is really not, but rather what libertarians now call neo-conservatism.
There are a number of ways to explain the difference between conservative and progressive thinking, but it essentially boils down to how much one believes in government action. Liberals want government to solve every social and economic problem that arises, while conservatives want as little government interference in society as possible. Democrats and Republicans both want to drive the government railroad, differing mainly on methods. Thus, neither party is conservative. An example of the confusion in understanding this distinction was provided by Muftic's Sky-Hi News column on Friday, March 4. She, like many liberals, cites NY Times columnist David Brooks, whom many believe to be a conservative. Liberals like his writings because they often agree with his views. But Brooks likes government programs, so he is not a conservative.
Today our federal government is nothing like that detailed in our Constitution. Congress has ceded its authority to make law to both the Executive and Judicial branches without a whimper, the President now presides over a massive bureaucracy that he has no control over, and our government is on autopilot to take more and more control of our lives. Muftic was right: Trump, just like Obama, is an authoritarian sociopathic narcissist who wants to run the government without interference, and he would ignore the Constitution, which being the "supreme law of the land," (Article VI.) would make him, like President Obama, a de facto criminal.
I would like to see Sky-Hi News have more variety in their political commentaries, especially from writers who understand the difference between government vs. non-government solutions.
James W. Mulholland
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