CNN.com has a poll up with more than 200,000 respondents: Should landowners have to give up their property for new oil refineries?
Twenty percent of respondents said YES, landowners should sacrifice their property rights on the alter of energy autarky.
I think it’s safe to assume that the overwhelming majority of these “yes” votes came from self-identified conservatives. After all, as much as the Left loves the collective ownership of property, they hate natural-resource development (favoring poverty) more. Assuming that half of the poll’s respondents are self-identified conservatives (the true number is probably less than that but the difference would be offset by the few liberals who voted “yes”), this means that approximately 40% of conservatives see nothing wrong with Maoistically seizing private property for the nationalist cause.
And this is the type of people we want to bring into our party?
There’s no hope for Reagan idolaters. We’ve scraped the bottom of the conservative barrel and gotten all the converts we’re going to get. That’s why it would have been nice to have had a presidential candidate who would talk to the Left. Bob Barr, of course, is not that man.