William Schambra takes a good poke at advocacy evaluators, casting them as busybodies, carpet baggers, experts from out of town, whose efforts most often backfire. With George Wallace, Bill seems inclined to throw the Evaluators and their briefcases into the Potomac.
I love reading Bill's stuff because he manages to exasperate his victims into thought, followed by spluttering, and often inept, self defense. He finds that humorous, I guess, and so do I. It is a form of sly teaching, but without the teacher's assistance in unscrambling the provocation. Had he been teaching political science, Bill would have debriefed his students and walked them through the polemic, debater's technique by debater's technique, to show them how black magic is made. As it is we as his students just have to get through it as best we can.
Bill's brand of cantankerous conservatism, devoted to enjoying our differences in full-throated debate, works for me. Wish we had more of that, and less of black budgets, Homeland Security, Ordered Liberty, Orwellian propaganda, and winning by stealth and intimidation. I have lots of progressive friends, but the people who seem to be advancing the cause of self-determination, and self-sufficiency, and community autonomy on the ground in my little world, are more often business-minded, and more conservative than not, but also outraged at the Neocon turn. The rule of law, and no one above the law, transparency, checks and balances, accountability - Where did those fundamental principles of democracy go? And what were we debating at the time that seemed to important to us? Charity evaluators?