Welcome To Vanden Heuvel Land

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on February 8, 2010

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It is, as Monty Python’s King Arthur would say, a silly place. A place where we are told–without any evidence, mind you–that the likes of Ronald Reagan and Barry Goldwater would have “edited and redacted, reordered and revised with red ink” the Bill of Rights, rendering the Fifth and Sixth Amendments “merely suggestive measures to be administered based on the emotional whim of a carefully-harnessed fear and a fervently-stoked anger.” It is a place where the Tenth Amendment is just viewed as a curiosity; for this proposition, we have more evidence than we do for the assertions about Reagan’s and Goldwater’s views of the Bill of Rights in general, and the Fifth and Sixth Amendments in particular.

It is a place where Barry Goldwater is believed to be “the real sage” behind Sarah Palin. Would that it were so; Goldwater preached the kind of combination of libertarianism and conservativism that defines my own philosophy, while Palin has nothing of the libertarian about her. Goldwater believed in letting gays, lesbians, and bisexuals serve in the military, as do I. Palin does not. Vanden Heuvel Land seems also to believe that talk about “extend[ing] freedom,” and “cancel[ing] old [programs] that do violence to the Constitution or that have failed their purpose, or that impose on the people an unwarranted financial burden” constitutes an “extremist anti-Washington/anti-government stance.”

Welcome to Vanden Heuvel Land. You do not have the luxury to think critically.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/4SZNTV3MEY2RHUML7TOB7J52SQ John

    While she's definitely not as hardcore as a Reason editor, claiming she has “nothing of the libertarian about her” is patently false.

    I'm no great fan of Mrs. Palin, but given the way you've spoken about her in the past, it seems you harbor an irrational dislike of the woman. Unfortunately, said dislike appears to be damaging your ability to discuss her in anything resembling an objective way.

  • Pejman_Yousefzadeh

    If that article impresses you, then fine. I think David Harsanyi is an excellent writer, but he seems to be shoehorning more than anything else. In any event, a latter-day Barry Goldwater Palin ain't. As for harboring “an irrational dislike of the woman,” I do no such thing. Not having met Sarah Palin, I cannot even begin to say whether I like, or dislike her as a person. If I do meet her, I shall probably like her as a person. But when it comes to my opinion concerning her intellectual and leadership skills, I am with Charles Krauthammer.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/4SZNTV3MEY2RHUML7TOB7J52SQ John

    Done moving the goalposts?

  • Pejman_Yousefzadeh

    Not having started, and without any intention to start, I can't say I am done. I explained my reasons for what I wrote. If you disagree, I can't do anything about that, but there has been no goalpost-moving here.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/4SZNTV3MEY2RHUML7TOB7J52SQ John

    Done moving the goalposts?

  • Pejman_Yousefzadeh

    Not having started, and without any intention to start, I can't say I am done. I explained my reasons for what I wrote. If you disagree, I can't do anything about that, but there has been no goalpost-moving here.

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