Wednesday, March 19, 2008

A Little Self-Promotion: Another War-on-Terror Blog Added to "Best Conservative Blogs"

"Another War-on-Terror Blog" has been added to "The Best Conservative Blogs on the Internet" - joining a list that goes from "Atlas Shrugs" to "Young America’s Foundation."

The list is on Urban Conservative, a blog by an ex-Marine who describes his experience in the USMC this way: "The Marine Corps taught me what it meant to be accountable for my actions; and to make responsible decisions."

One of Urban Conservative's goals is to show "that not all conservatives look like Newt Gingrich. Yah know…white-upper-class males that you normally see on Capitol Hill; and that conservatives can be cool, sophisticated, hip and even urban."

I appreciate that, and we're due for a new perception of conservatives.

Just the same, I'm old enough to remember that the 'Newt Gingrich' image is an improvement on what came before. William F. Buckley Jr. is credited with changing the public image of 'the conservative.'

Before Buckley, when people, media people at least, thought "conservative," they'd most likely imagine a bloated, none-too-bright, cigar-chomping industrialist, along the lines of Thomas Nast's portrayal of William "Boss" Tweed. The urbane, anything-but-bloated, and articulate Buckley changed that.

Finally, I don't think of myself as "conservative," although that's how people online seem to perceive me and my writing. I suppose, in comparison to 'affirmative action for peace now' bloggers, I am conservative. I can live with that.

3 comments:

American Interests.blog said...

Nothing wrong with conservatism and in any event, a little self-promotion is good...

Brian, aka Nanoc, aka Norski said...

American Interests,

:D

Urban Conservative said...

Hey Brian...self promotion is awesome. I do it all the time!!!

: P

Have a great weekend my friend.

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Blogroll

Note! Although I believe that these websites and blogs are useful resources for understanding the War on Terror, I do not necessarily agree with their opinions. 1 1 Given a recent misunderstanding of the phrase "useful resources," a clarification: I do not limit my reading to resources which support my views, or even to those which appear to be accurate. Reading opinions contrary to what I believed has been very useful at times: sometimes verifying my previous assumptions, sometimes encouraging me to change them.

Even resources which, in my opinion, are simply inaccurate are sometimes useful: these can give valuable insights into why some people or groups believe what they do.

In short, It is my opinion that some of the resources in this blogroll are neither accurate, nor unbiased. I do, however, believe that they are useful in understanding the War on Terror, the many versions of Islam, terrorism, and related topics.