Sunday, August 06, 2006

My first webring invitation!

Well, today Saturday, I got linked up to a real live webring. Thought this is not strictly a political blog, I think I can at least bounce around some useful thoughts to the politicos who might just visit to see what we politically minded folk are thinking.

I claim to be a "typical conservative," but I must admit some "libertarian" leanings. The problem is, I don't think "civil libertarians" are very civil. :-(

And being "fiscally conservative" should not mean that NO government money should be spent on keeping our civilization "civilized," should it?

I spent most of the evening reading and answering some email from a libertarian Christian from the "left coast." We are very close theologically, but politically he is way too much into "conspiracy" theory for my tastes. However, the local "conservative" weekly here in Greenville is carrying much of the same material. So where does that leave me?

And so, I support my friend the conservative politician Bob Inglis (back in Congress after leaving when his "term limits" expired -- he said "never again" to such a silly notion!) though the local libertarians tout out a very low "conservative index" for him. Will I abandon him for his "own good"? I don't think so!


hondo said...

The American Conservative Union has a very interesting website ( that includes a rating system designed to rank all members of Congress as to how conservative they are. The ACU gave Inglis a rating of 80, which appears to mean that he is fairly moderate. I counted at least 150 (actually, I stopped counting when I reached 150) members of the House rated higher in "conservatism." It makes for interesting reading because the site shows how the ratings were arrived at.

Henry Martin said...

Actually, a score of 80 on a scale of 100 is a "passing" conservative. I was unable to determine just how they arrivied at the score, but I am sure it is there somewhere. The American Conservative Union is a good group to judge candidates. They did list their principles, and from the scores you can judge that the politians voted with them that percentage of times. 4/5 of the time is pretty good.

The "conservative index" is one used by the John Birch Society, and very few politians "pass" with a 70 or above with them. I saw one 88 among the Republicans, and a few in the 70's. Most were only 50 or below. Bob Inglis wasn't listed on the list posted at the site. However, I can see where his very low "27" could have registered among neo-cons. The only 100 expected was with Ron Paul, and for some reason I didn't see him listed. I didn't see a list of votes or anything that they would have used.