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.