Aimai has an interesting post up criticizing the notion that anti-gun people (of which I am one) don’t “get” gun culture. I understand her point, and I also get sick of get sick of “Red Staters drive a car like this `Do, do, ch. Do-be-do, do-be-do-be-do’, Blue Staters drive a car like this `Dee-da-dee, a-dee-da-dee-da-dee-da-dee'”. But at the same time…I personally don’t “get” gun culture. I understand hunting, but for me, handguns are just killing machines and I can’t see them as anything else.
I’ve spent a lot of time trying to “get” conservatism more generally, because I don’t think you can understand American politics — especially the nature of Republican primaries — without having some intuitive feel for conservatism. Here’s a question for you: what single article or book helped you best understand how conservatives think and how that thinking differs from that of liberals? For me, it might be this NRO “Men We Love” Valentine card to various conservative luminaries. It’s not quite as steamy as Bobo’s mash notes to John Thune, fortunately:
Dick Cheney, the Uber Daddy: Maybe it’s the sly, knowing smile that hides a teamster’s vocabulary that makes this man so macho. To me he is the essence of cool….I was first introduced to him at a reception and, even though he didn’t know me, he leaned over and kissed me. Right then I was hooked. But, when it was suggested to him that a certain arrogant New York Times reporter was, in so many words, a fool, and he responded, “Big time!” I was cooked.
To anybody who reads my blog, my pick should be no surprise. Yes, I’ve called this fellow at the Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom a “Heritage Hottie” and a “conservacutie,” but my admiration for Nile Gardiner really does extend beyond that damn adorable smile. The first time I saw him was on Neil Cavuto, telling a guy who blamed African poverty on imperialism and not corrupt governments that he was spouting nonsense–hot!
What would yours be? (Article that most helped you understand conservatives, not conservative valentine.)