First, the quiz, which I grabbed from buongiornodaisy:
| You scored as Old School Democrat. Old school Democrats emphasize economic justice and opportunity. The Democratic ideal is best summarized by the Four Freedoms: freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear.|
What's Your Political Philosophy?
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As happens to me often on political quizzes, my results seem to suffer from dissociative identity disorder.
Anyway...here are the links.
A couple of posts by Patterico about the Iraq war that I've been mulling over:
1. Phil Carter is back from Iraq, and has an op-ed in the New York Times that you can read here. Any supporter of the war needs to read it. Carter says:
The war I knew was infinitely more complex, contradictory and elusive than the one described in the network news broadcasts or envisioned in the new field manual. When I finally left Baquba, the violent capital of Iraq’s Diyala Province, I found myself questioning many aspects of our mission and our accomplishments, both in a personal search for meaning and a quest to gather lessons that might help those soldiers who will follow me.
2. I have probably never agreed with Goldberg as totally as I do in this opening passage. He puts into words several concepts that I have been thinking myself lately — namely, the war was a mistake given what we know now, but it was the right call based on what we knew at the time.
And a recent article from the Sojourners blog; the comments occupied my mind as much as, if not more than, the original article, so I recommend reading them as well:
But the wind is changing at Bethel, and among a new generation of evangelical students across the country. Yesterday was a dramatic demonstration of that change, one that will be most significant for both faith and politics in America.
I started my day at Bethel by speaking in chapel and asking a new generation to "clear up the confusion" in this nation about what it means to follow Jesus. I asked them if they wanted to be true evangelicals, defined by the root meaning of the word "evangel," which literally means "good news."
My own comment on the article debunks a false soundbite that has been a pet peeve of mine since 2004, so I'm reproducing it here for the benefit of my flist:
Abortions did not increase under Bush. Here is the article at FactCheck.Org debunking the claim: http://www.factcheck.org/ article...rticle330m.html
The article explains why the CDC's numbers are not helpful in determining the truth of the matter. Our best source of info on abortion statistics is the Guttmacher Institute, and their numbers show the claim to be false.
I don't necessarily disagree with the idea that there are important ways society can discourage abortion without totally prohibiting it (although I personally believe it should be prohibited legally as well as prevented by other means). I would like to see that position supported by facts, however, rather than information that is demonstrably false.