Matt Lewis and Patrick Byrne
The long and short of it is, I am a Yankee Republican: Government should pave the streets, hire some cops to patrol them, and stay off my porch. That’s all I want from government. The statists have always been wanting to find new jobs for the government to do, rather than to focus on doing well the ones it should do. Somewhere along the line the conservatives began doing the same. They just picked a different set of jobs. So that puts me at odds with most so-called conservatives. I believe war is the biggest of all Big Government programs. I believe in re-legalizing drugs, both from the pernicious consequences of the failed “War on Drugs” (we cannot keep drugs out of our prisons, so what makes us think we can police them out of our cities?) and as a matter of principle (the government does not own me: I own me). I believe in equal rights for gays, although I think as a tactical matter they should perhaps settle for civil unions now, give society a decade to adjust, then come back for marriage later. The best solution of all would be to just have the state start recognizing civil unions on the grounds that the state should not be in the marriage business any more than they should be in the First Communion business. And so on. Somewhere along the way my belief in limited government put me at odds with most folks who call themselves conservative today.
Sounds about right to me.