So I was reading “The Classic Liberal” and got to thinking, I need a simpler method of sorting out people’s politics. The Classic liberal uses terms with which I am unfamiliar. I’m just a simple guy, I’m not a scholar of arcane history or of politics of the past. I leave that to guys like Bob Belvedere and the theCL. I don’t know what “classic liberalism” or “The Old Right.” I’m vaguely familiar with the fact that there are different types of “conservatives” (neo-cons, paleocons, etc.), and I can smell a RINO or a liberal from 1,000 paces.
It’s the various labels that stump me. I like things simple. When I studied for the bar examination, I made an outline of the BarBri book. Then I made an outline of the outline. Then an outline of that outline until my final notes for all that I learned in three years of law school were condensed down to three pages. K.I.S.S.
So, who is your “favorite” politician, or the one that comes closest to your ideal? Or the ones. No fair going back past my adulthood, but do it if you must. For example, saying that you adored the methods of JFK or LBJ would help me to classify you, but saying you are a huge fan of Robert Taft or Warren Harding won’t help me any. Saying you are a RonPaulite says something about you that everybody, even simple ole me, can comprehend.
I’ll start things off. I’m a huge fan of Chris Christie from everything I’ve seen and heard from him (at least regarding fiscal policy). I’m a big believer in Ronald Reagan, the early years. I admire the way that Jim DeMint stands up to GOP Establishment. I’m a DittoHead. See? That says a lot about me, so that even if you did not know anything else about me, you can start to get a handle about what I am about.
This isn’t to start a debate about who is right and who is wrong, it is just a start to understand where some of my readers are coming from.