Eric Coobs and I have had a few good discussions, and as they tended to stray from the main point, I’m following forum etiquette and posting the main points here so no one has to wade through dozens of comments to get to them. Because really, he’s a smart guy, and his comments deserve to be seen, if only to show that a smart, decent guy can still have misguided, horrifying ideas.
First, immigration: I’m putting it out there again, Coobs. The foundations of American conservatism lie in (frequently martyred) criminals: Socrates, Jesus, and our Founding (traitorous) Fathers. If a law hurts everyone involved, and is keeping you from supporting your family, is it a forgivable offense to break it? I’m not saying is it Okay to break it, or that its admirable to break it (though both positions are held in relation to the founders of conservative thought), but merely that it is not an unforgivable offense that cancels out any contributions or suffering of the ‘criminal’ – for example, giving them a chance to become legal, or giving them access to 9/11 relief benefits?