Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Re-election of Obama might represent a surprising and mature moment in American politics

Funny, but my favorite endorsement of Obama so far is over at American Conservative.

My favorite bits are:

In fact, the president’s re-election depends on a consensus around hard truths, the acknowledgment that immediately after the economic crisis, maybe we didn’t “deserve” to have the best years ever. Obama’s re-election, in a landscape hostile to any incumbent, would signify a certain reckoning, some actual grappling with the complexity of the crisis at hand, and a realization that neither Republican flag-waving nor sloganeering for “hope and change” are substitutes for hard choices.


At his best, Obama stands for understated stewardship and pragmatism in a time of global, structural economic shock, and in the face of a Republican opposition that hasn’t shown an interest in conservative policy outcomes. Even as a lame duck, Obama is more likely to strike a responsible deal on long-term deficit reduction, pursue a policy of restraint on Iran, address the immigration mess, and enact conservative-friendly changes to education policy and, yes, his own health care law.
Neither candidate for president offers a healthy, reality-based conservatism. But one candidate gives a fairer accounting of the realities we face. As a conservative, I opt for the familiar slog, even if it means stasis, and the “long rugged path” predicted by the current president four years ago.
The more I read this site, the more I like it. I continue to disagree on a few issues, they have a different view of the church-state relationship and in particular how individual religious autonomy should interact with large institutions, such as the Catholic church, as well as a view of debt and the role of the state that I find rather outdated. But on most other issues I tend towards either agreeing or at least feeling that they have a defensible position on the issue that I am happy to engage with on the other side.

Unlike movement Conservatism, and house Congressional Republicans,  and their tendency to censor uncomfortable truths about taxation; one of the biggest issue differences that this election will decide.

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