Liber Liberalium

I love reading Slate, which some conservatives see as the Antichrist’s libretto. I find the non-subscription part to be quite even-handed, in that both Republicans and Democrats get equal measures of shite. I especially liked this article in which ‘popular’ authors are asked for whom they’ll vote. Strangely enough, the vast majority are solidly in the Kerry camp! The only one I’ve read, Orson Scott Card (Ender’s Game, et al), surprised me with his answer:

I’m a Democrat voting for Bush, even though on economic issues, from taxes to government regulation, I’m not happy with the Republican positions. But we’re at war, and electing a president who is committed to losing it seems to be the most foolish thing we could do. Personal honesty is also important to me, and Kerry is obviously not in the running on that point, given that he can’t keep track of the facts in his own autobiography.

Thanks, Mr. Card. I was looking for a neat paragraph-sized nugget to explain to my Libertarian brother why I voted (absentee) for Bush. There it is. Now anyone who’s read Orson’s books has an inkling that the man is a liberal. What does this mean? Is this an identifiable trend? Why am I wearing Old Navy ‘Woody’ boxer shorts in a frigging war zone?

~ by kinshay on 2004-10-12.

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  1. card? a liberal? not in the slightest. the man is a devout mormon who has published some rabidly homophobic garbage in the local greensboro media.

  2. I just figured since he went out of his way to be international, pan-ethnic, pan-cultural, etc. that he libbed it up. Heinlein, a conservative/libertarian in later life, never bothered to make distinctions with race: you had to guess or find out in an off-hand way, as in the Filipino Johnny Rico.

  3. Hmmm… Mr. Card seems quite conservative in this editorial. Maybe he’s a Zell Miller Democrat, eh? Just like me and the Missus are Goldwater Republicans.

  4. If I picked authors likes I picked presidents, I’d choose Hunter S. Thompson over Orson Scott Card anyday. (See

    Wow that link looks horrible, somebody fix that for me. 🙂

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