4. Did you actually like McCain enough to vote for him or disliked Obama's policies so much you couldn't vote for him? And, when did you become a citizen?
I became a US citizen in 2006 so I was able to vote for the primary and presidential elections.
In the primary, I voted for Ron Paul because of my libertarian streak and my beliefs in Austrian economic theories.
For my first presidential election, I voted for McCain but made my final choice while in line at the polling place. I was not very enthusiastic about him and was very disappointed when he decided to vote for the bank bailout and created all that drama about going back to Washington to save the day! He missed a major opportunity to inform the citizens about the content of the bill, which is anti-democratic in nature.
Unlike my wife, I was also not convinced by Sarah Palin, despite her executive experience in Alaska. Obama and her were rookies and the criticisms for lack of experience were justified on both sides.
There was no way I could vote for Obama because of his Marxist ideas. When I learned he may have once belonged to the Socialist New Party that was it. (Just use Google!)
In general, I cannot vote for people whose sole message is to defend the oppressed, the poor, the minorities and the victims, even though it sounds wonderful and generous. The reason is simple: people who get elected with those message have no interest in getting people out of their situation. Indeed, they would shoot themselves in the foot and lose their electorate.
Do you think the Socialist Party has improved people’s lives in France when it got elected in the 80s? Poverty hasn’t improved in France despite the welfare state. Yet the Socialist Party still blames globalization and free market for creating poverty. Why would they change the message? Their “market shares “depend on maintaining the lower and lower-middle classes. At least it seems as though the French citizens are not getting fooled anymore. The Socialist Party is in disarray and may not get 20% of votes at the European election.
5. You told me your American wife was a liberal but has changed. What do
you think really convinced her to think more like you do? Was there one
issue which finally persuaded her or did just opening her eyes to various
things make an impact more?
My wife used to be registered as a Democrat but I don’t think she ever was a Liberal. She switched side when she realized how extreme the Democratic Party leadership was getting.
Since I met her she has gotten very informed about various topics she had never studied in school, especially economics. I also briefed her many times on the subject as I studied it for 4 years in high school and college. She’s realized – through facts – that lefty ideas, as generous as they seem, don’t work (debt, unemployment rates, brain drain). I highly recommend Thomas Sowell’s books in this regard. The shallow thinking of the left as understanding economic principles is demolished in those books, and I wish pseudo-journalists on big networks would actually know a lot more about economics before emitting their opinion.
She’s also very independent and cannot imagine a French-like system in which people would give their freedom away for some economic security provided by the government. Even though her parents were middle lower class, her upbringing was typical about America. It was about making a better life for oneself through hard work without government intervening in your life.
As someone from a modest family, she has also realized the hypocrisy of the anti-bourgeois left that want to control CEOs’ salaries while behaving like aristocrats who despise Middle America.
When we met, one of the first things I mentioned in my attempt to explain my dislike for the left was the hypocrisy of the socialist leaders in France. They would raise taxes but, very much like Geithner, would try not to pay theirs. Fabius, who was Minister of the Economy under Mitterrand in the 80s, actually passed a law to give tax breaks to antiques dealers because his father was one. She now realizes this hypocrisy is also typical of the American left.
But I’m not the only one who convinced her. Things really changed for her when Ron Paul ran in the primary. His message really resonated in her and she’s the one who actually made me interested in him. She read his books and started getting even more informed on issues when the GOP Primary started. For the first time in her life, she really paid attention.
And by just paying attention, reading and getting knowledgeable, she turned into a Conservative.
Z: Thanks, Frogburger, and thank Mrs. Frogburger for us. Please, readers, leave a comment for our French friend. I hope you're finding it as interesting as I am. I gave him 18 questions and I'm reading the answers as he sends them back, only just before you do.