Tim F. on the internal contradictions of contrarians:
With respect to common usage ther terms liberal and conservative have gone batshit insane. Conservative used to imply defending individual liberties against government interference. By that definition the ACLU is the most conservative nonprofit entity in America and Glenn Greenwald, Joe Klein’s “civil liberties extremist”, count as more conservative as anyone. Yet for some reason nearly every American who calls himself ‘conservative’ hates Glenn Greenwald and the ACLU*. Another solid conservative point of dogma was resisting international adventures. The Republican party tried to block the war against Hitler and it was two liberal Presidents (Kennedy and Johnson) who sent us to war in Vietnam. Today “conservatives” on FOX News sneer down their noses at anyone who disagrees with bombing and . . . militarily occupying Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Burma, Venezuela and whoever else they hate today.