A while back, She’s Right reader VermontPaleocon, who now is actually a New York Paleocon, opined that I might be a Crunchy Con because I am into natural and organic food, beauty products, cleaners, and so forth.
He suggested I check out Rod Dreher’s book, “Crunchy Cons: How Birkenstocked Burkeans, gun-loving organic gardeners, evangelical free-range farmers, hip homeschooling mamas, right-wing nature lovers, … America (or at least the Republican Party)” – whew, that’s a long title.
I immediately logged-on to the Fletcher Free Library website – which if you are a Burlingtonian and are not using this awesome feature that allows you to manage your account online, you should be – and looked it up. It was out, so I put it on hold and I was second in the queue.
The funny thing is that in the mean time, others have suggested that I am a crunchy con. I had never even heard the word, but then again, I am not hardcore into conservative punditry. I mean I am certainly into doing it, just not so much into reading it. I browse Town Hall once or twice a week, but that’s about it. But, Town Haller’s are not crunchy cons for the most part.
I read a great comment on another blog the other day, unfortunately I can’t remember which one, where someone recommended the book and followed with, “I am too liberal for the Republicans, too libertarian for the Democrats, and too conservative for the Libertarians.” That’s how I feel, so I was excited to get the book.
Finally, after months, I have it in my possession. I have only started it, but I will write up my thoughts about it when I finish it.
Dreher has a Crunchy Con blog, too, but it talks about religion a lot, so I haven’t been able to figure out if I am a Crunchy Con. I am “religious,” though I hate that word because to me, religion is man-made expectations about what God wants us to do, but that is a totally different topic for another day. I think Dreher’s point is that conservative religious people should be crunchy granolas, too, because that lifestyle is a natural extension of faith. I fully agree with that statement – that it is a natural extension of faith, not that everyone has to be that way – so I probably will agree with what Dreher has to say in the book.
I guess this post doesn’t really say much except: I might be a Crunchy Con; I’ll tell you when I finish the book. I was just thinking about it when I responded to some comments Bob the Optimizer made on the previous post about Wal-Mart, so I thought I would blog about it.
Hey, come on. It’s Saturday morning. You can’t really expect me to post anything profound, can you?