Wednesday, April 22, 2009

A Coincidental Truth

Yesterday I opened an envelope from Young America's Foundation, the successor organization to Young Americans for Freedom, a conservative student organization whose magazine I used, many years ago, to write a regular column for. It was a fund raising letter, obviously a mass mailing, and started "Dear friend."

It was signed by Dana Rohrabacher, currently a congressman from southern California. Forty some years ago he was a libertarian activist and a folk singer.

And a friend of mine.

10 Comments:

At 11:24 AM, April 22, 2009, Blogger TAYLOR said...

Now he's a jingoistic warmonger (and a stimulus-proponent, too, I think)!

A shame...

 
At 11:39 AM, April 22, 2009, Blogger Tim of Angle said...

It's always a shock when it happens to someone you know.

 
At 11:56 AM, April 22, 2009, Anonymous RL said...

He's also another politician with a strong history of personal illicit drug use whose happy to lock up those who follow his actions rather than his words.

 
At 11:57 AM, April 22, 2009, Anonymous RL said...

"who's"...sorry

 
At 11:58 AM, April 22, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your last sentence is ambiguous. Is he still your friend or only was 40 years ago?

 
At 12:39 PM, April 22, 2009, Blogger Eric Goldman said...

Yes, but is he your friend on Facebook?

 
At 2:32 PM, April 22, 2009, Blogger David Friedman said...

To answer Anonymous, I haven't seen Dana for something like forty years.

So far as the stimulus is concerned, I think he was one of the Republicans who voted against the bailout when Bush was originally pushing it through. I haven't followed his votes since.

 
At 3:22 PM, April 22, 2009, Blogger TAYLOR said...

DF,

I could be wrong and I could be confusing him with another CA congresscritter like Campbell, but I think Rohrbacher got on board with this second round.

If I am wrong, I am wrong and I apologize, but whether he supported this particular act of economic heresy or not, I think the man has sinned against the church of Capitalism a few times at least in the past so, he's guilty either way in my mind.

Incidentally, I believe William Norman Grigg has mentioned him a few times on his blog, and in a not very flattering light. If memory serves me right (and let's not pay too much credit at this point!) it was about his connection to roughneck authoritarian cops in Orange County and parts of Arizona, and his stance on immigration.

 
At 1:52 PM, April 26, 2009, Anonymous marko said...

Is he the "West Coast Libertarian Troubadour" whose lyrics you cite in the beginning of the Machinery of Freedom?

 
At 11:31 AM, April 27, 2009, Blogger Richard A. said...

Dana Rohrabacher tends to be much more market oriented and less pro-business in his votes than most Republican representatives. The same can be said of congressman Ed Royce.

 

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