January 02, 2006

Zappa is still dead

Frank Zappa, the eminently sensible man, is featured in Ifilm's top 25 viral videos of 2005. The 1986 Crossfire episode is well worth watching.

I wondered if Frank were alive, would he support John McCain? Frank's small government conservative politics might line up well with McCain's .

Where did big government Republicans come from? It seems to me that conservatives, by definition, should want as few rules as possible. Social Darwinism of a sort. Then the liberal political philosophy must try to level the playing field; imposing rules to protect the weak.

I heard someone recently on Public Radio say that the founding principle of every major world religion is compassion. Perhaps that too is the liberal impulse.