But I understand why David Brin is:
1. Who are you voting for in November? For not a single “liberal” reason, I am voting not only for Obama, but for the GOP to be utterly spanked and sent into exile, where, perhaps, sincere men and women may remember Barry Goldwater and resurrect some kind of healthy, libertarian Conservatism.
2. Who did you vote for in 2004 and 2000? I could tell that the neocons were mad in 2000 and that their allies were fanatics or thieves. It was blatant in 2004. Those who act shocked (shocked!) and betrayed today were fools then and are likely fools now.
The important thing to remember is that Obama will make things worse. Make no mistake, he will make things much worse. But, so will McCain. The reason that a McCain victory is so much more problematic for libertarians is that there are salvageable elements of a Republican party purged of the neocons and liberals that have destroyed it. There is no hope, on the other hand, for the Democratic Party.
Notice how the architects of the Republican party’s destruction always try to claim that opposition to homogamy, abortion, and stem-cell research, all proven vote-winners in numerous state elections, have fatally harmed the party’s image, then turn around and push hugely unpopular issues such as foreign occupations, police state policies, enormous government bail-outs, and open immigration. It’s not only incredibly dishonest, but one would have to be almost completely ignorant of American politics to buy into their nonsense.
More on this later, as on a related note, I intend to explain why David Frum’s critique of Rush Limbaugh’s blueprint for future success is fundamentally flawed.
Also, if you want to know one reason why I don’t read Reason anymore, consider this bit from its current editor-in-chief: Who did you vote for in 2004 and 2000? John Kerry and Ralph Nader! I’ve had a bad decade….