Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Straight shooter misfires again

The indefatigable Dan Froomkin takes a good look at the coverage of the two-page memo just put out by the Pentagon on whether the Geneva Conventions apply in all occasions, or just when convenient. He was unable to find a consensus view. The new policy could literally mean anything, and is likely intended only to ease the public mood, in the U.S. and abroad.


Blogger Michael Bindner said...

The answer is to impeach Bush and Cheney. They can no longer be trusted. The answer to that is to create a new Christian Libertarian Party. See for more details on how to do this.

Thursday, 13 July, 2006  
Blogger travis said...

thanks man, that's the funniest thing I've read all day. yes, a third politcal party that encompasses two semi-contradictory ideas will likely sweep the 2008 presidential election, in a refreshing change from the last two 50-50 nail-biters.

Ladies & gentlemen, Michael Bindner, the founder of the Christian Libertarian party. He is hopeful.

I've read your blog, and also read the Christian Left manifesto, which is both incoherent and unrealistic. However, it is not mean, so thank you for that. I did get another giggle where you offered to send people printed copies of the manifesto for $35.95. Thank you for that as well.

To the extent your beliefs are sincere, good luck. To the extent you hope to become the builder of a new political party, I recommend keeping your day job.

Thursday, 13 July, 2006  
Blogger Michael Bindner said...


Another few years of 50-50 politics and people will be looking for some compromise positions. I am not shooting for a majority party in 08, but a wedge party in 06 in a few heavily Catholic GOP districts. Just enough to force coalition government in the House. In the Senate, a Xian Lib candidate might tip the balance by taking away GOP votes, costing them to lose a few more seats to the Democrats than they otherwise would, and possibly electing one or two Xian Libs in the confusion. If a few others defect, well - 67 votes to impeach is a good target.

I don't consider Christianity and Liberty contradictory if they are used to compliment eachother. For example, morality should be about human dignity and living life without a lot of problems, not about pleasing a God who is pleased enough, thank you very much.

Liberty is also served by establishing/strengthening church based institutions which both happen to work better and do not have the power of the state behind them.

The Church is served by being more democratic. If the Catholics adopt such principles, this poisonous sectarianism we experience in Christianity will go by the wayside (which is necessary if you want to start replacing state social service functions).

As for the economic piece, some form of employee-ownership is necessary to reduce government action in the economy. Libertarians who don't see this are willing to give up one master for a far harsher one.

As for the price, $36 bucks is what it costs to print, bind and ship. Only partisans would buy it. I don't expect much in sales generally until I can get a mass printing.

Friday, 14 July, 2006  
Blogger travis said...

Sure, many things would be nice if they happened. But most churches will not become more democratic, and the Catholic Church will be the very last of all the Christian churches to become democratic. I have 2,000 years of evidence on my side.

You don't consider Christianity and Libertarianism to be in conflict, but I do. Inherent in the libertarian point of view is that adult, competent people should be allowed to follow their own path if they are not harming other people. That's just not the same view of many Christians, whether they are opposed to gay marriage, abortion, stem-cell research or many other hot-button issues. Again, you may bring up your own personal disagreement with those other Christians, and that's fine that you feel differently -- but the first kind of Christian does exist, and in the tens of millions.

So, the predicates to your reasoning are false, and accordingly so are your conclusions. You might be able to get many people to agree with you, but not enough to make a difference in any election. But hey, I could be wrong. Good luck. And find a cheaper printing service.

Friday, 14 July, 2006  

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