Jon and Stephen share their thoughts on the passing of Sen. John McCain and the current state of the political scene. The intro/outro song is “The Last Goodbye” by Jeff Buckley. Stephen’s song of the week is “June” by IDLES and Jon’s song of the week is “These Are Not Your Memories” by TVAM. To listen to all the music featured on The Conservatarians, subscribe to our Spotify playlist!

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There are 4 comments.

  1. Thatcher

    One of the things I find odd about some of the comments is that, for conservatarians, there’s an overriding need to pay respects to someone who’s been in public office for decades.

    I’m fairly confident that the accumulation of power, something Jon mentioned that McCain had acquired, somewhat ruthlessly, in the GOP, is the antithesis of the more libertarian side of politics. Why are we spending days considering the relative merits of a politician, good or bad, admiring them, when the ideal politician is someone more along the lines of a Coolidge? 

    Someone who completely buys into the fact that the more the gov’t plays a role in our lives, the worse off we are – and now we’re having a retrospective on a politician’s contributions over the course of his political career.

    I’d like politicians to not have careers as politicians. I’d like them to 2-term it, at the max, and hit the bricks. Maybe once we stopped lauding the aggrandization of power we’ll stop wondering how we got 21 trillion in debt and why people randomly attack each other on the streets based on the color of their hat.

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    • September 1, 2018 at 8:11 am
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  2. Thatcher

    Chris Campion (View Comment):
    I’d like politicians to not have careers as politicians. I’d like them to 2-term it, at the max, and hit the bricks. Maybe once we stopped lauding the aggrandization of power we’ll stop wondering how we got 21 trillion in debt and why people randomly attack each other on the streets based on the color of their hat.

    The original intent of our Founding Fathers was the Congress would be made up of normal citizens, not career politicians. The Senate used to be made up of people the state legislatures decided were worthy of sending to Washington to represent them, before the Amendment to make it a popular vote in each state passed.

    I agree. Diane Feinstein is no better than I am, but she is by virtue of her position. Make me a Senator. I don’t have a husband who has such deep financial ties to red China, that a twenty-year commie spy driving for DiFi doesn’t draw attention from every US intelligence agency, or the DOJ . . .

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    • September 1, 2018 at 1:03 pm
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  3. Member

    Stephen: Reagan died in 2004, not 1991 or 1992. Kind of a big difference.

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    • September 4, 2018 at 10:54 am
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  4. Member

    That poor, silly couple who did the GoFundMe for the homeless guy – totally predictable outcome. Homelessness is almost never about not having a place to lay one’s head or not having enough to eat. More often than not it’s a choice, and it’s a bad one especially for women and their children (who don’t have a choice.)

    Please never, ever give money to panhandlers. Just don’t. They need to go to the shelters.

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    • September 9, 2018 at 7:09 am
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