Because there wasn't really anything new. So I'm going to save it until Thursday's show summit is over, and I'll see if I have anything new. Because whatever has been said has been said. Bored now.
However, I have two other things that caught my eye that are worth reading (and joining).
First up is the Mount Vernon Statement, which I received emails from at least three sources on. And they all pointed me to the Heritage Foundation, which for those of you who are confused about what conservatism is, is the final word in what really is conservative. So I had to take a read:
The change we urgently need, a change consistent with the American ideal, is not movement away from but toward our founding principles. At this important time, we need a restatement of Constitutional conservatism grounded in the priceless principle of ordered liberty articulated in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.
The conservatism of the Declaration asserts self-evident truths based on the laws of nature and nature’s God. It defends life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It traces authority to the consent of the governed. It recognizes man’s self-interest but also his capacity for virtue.
The conservatism of the Constitution limits government’s powers but ensures that government performs its proper job effectively. It refines popular will through the filter of representation. It provides checks and balances through the several branches of government and a federal republic.
Essentially, it's a broad statement of conservative principles, and a general guide for why conservatism (in the broad sense) is the way to go. And while I still consider myself more libertarian than traditionally conservative, there are parts that speak to the core of my political philosophy.
Earlier in the day, I finally got over to the Online Tax Revolt. From the site:
“The Online Tax Revolt is open to every American who believes taxes and spending are out of control, harmful to our country and a threat to our nation’s future,” said Campaign Chairman Ken Hoagland. “Our economic future and that of future generations is at stake. We need taxes that are lower and a tax structure that’s fair. We’re in serious trouble and it falls to us to get the nation back on track. This march is a wake-up call to everyone in Washington that the American people won’t be ignored any longer.”I joined up on this as well, as *surprise* part of the Neal Boortz's FairTax Brigade. An additional disclaimer is that the site is paid for by Americans for Fair Taxation (yeah, it's the FairTax people). But if the FairTax isn't your particular flavor of tax reform, there's a Reagan Tax Revolt Team, a flat tax team, a veteran's team, a senior's team, tea flavors of Tea (partiers), among others, as well as the option to march on your own without being allied to any of the options. So if you think the current tax mess is a bad thing, and that spending has gone insane, check it out and sign up. And if everybody that comments regularly joins up on one of the FairTax brigades, I'll stop posting on the FairTax (except on April 15) until next year.
(Yeah, I know that won't happen. I'm such a bastard. Right, Toad?)
So the options are either to continue try ramming the same crap through or really try to go a new direction than the one we have been going for so long.