So Bush met with the Pope and they talked about Africa, the Middle East and what he wants to do with respect to interstellar K-12 education. OK, that last one was a reach, but with a Compassionate Conservative, you never can tell, can you?
Like most sane people, I was appalled the other day when Bush announced that he wanted to spend double what we're currently spending to combat AIDS. Compulsory charity is no charity at all, but theft. As my friend Mr. Hargis has been known to say: if I were to do what the government is doing, and take your money against your will and give it to another person, I'd be put in jail. That there's little difference between the activities of crooks and Congressmen makes me pause.
Yet, here's an argument that stumped Medved, who I generally consider a pretty good debater. A caller suggested that before deadly diseases make it to America and potentially kill Americans, that we're better off preemptively fighting disease "over there." This was a clever spin on Bush's doctrine of preemption and Medved didn't have much to say. Chalk it up to being taken off guard pretty effectively.
But here's the difference. Disease - be it AIDS, TB, avian flu, whatever - can be fought if it is contracted by Americans. Suppose a rogue terrorist organization infected themselves with some super flu and brought it to the United States to infect others. Not a whole lot, I suppose, that could be done to stop that, yet medical treatments remain that could fight such bugs. If terrorists decide to ram planes into buildings, shoot up malls, blow up airports, or just plain drive their SUVs into crowded streets, there's not a whole lot of opportunity to fight back; once the act is done, it's done, and we're talking about merely putting up yellow police tape and preventing the next attack. As that ambulance chaser showed us, biological terrorism - or merely the resurgence of third world disease - may pose a threat to Americans and national security. However, using that analogy that stumped Medved is a little intellectually dishonest.
But I digress.
Here's what we all have to keep in mind come primary season: there's conservatives, and then there's everyone else. As Bush has showed us, there's precious little difference between a big government "conservative" and a Scoop Jackson Democrat (See: Rudy Giuliani).