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President Bush’s amnesty for illegal aliens appears dead thanks to vocal opposition back home. Americans let their elected representatives know that they would not stand for such foolishness, and Congress got the message.
Conservatives have to do that on every other issue. It is not enough for pundits to write columns and National Review to pen scathing editorials. Grass-roots conservatives who used to make up the GOP’s most loyal base have to speak up, now. They have to tell Republicans what they want, not just complain to each other about the jerks who promised to govern conservatively and then didn’t.
At the same time, they have to make clear to non-conservatives that they do not stand behind the GOP’s recent governance. If Democrats do retake Congress, or even make significant gains, they will proclaim it a victory against conservatism. It would be no such thing. It would be a victory against lying, corruption, incompetence, and a blatant disrespect for the intelligence of the American voter. Conservatives have to separate their own message of responsible, frugal governance from what the Republicans have implemented, and they have to do it now.
THE AVERAGE AMERICAN VOTER must understand that there is another alternative method of governing — one that he supported only a dozen years ago. It might be too late to salvage the Republican wreckage before November, but as long as the public knows that conservative ideas still represent a promising and viable alternative to the current mess that the Republicans have made in Washington, there is hope for 2008. If the public becomes convinced that conservatism is synonymous with the policies of the past five years, the conservative movement could sink along with the GOP’s majority. And that truly would spell bad news for everyone for years to come.
A common refrain on America’s college campuses is that no one really knows that communism doesn’t work because true communism has never been tried. Of course, communism’s true believers will never accept that pogroms, famine and massive state repression lie at the very foundation of the ideology. The question for America is whether it believes that huge budget deficits, clumsy foreign policy and political corruption form the foundation of conservatism.
Conservatives need to show America what those goateed professors with portraits of Trotsky on their walls cannot show: that their program for the country should not be condemned because in truth it has never been tried, and if America wants good, responsible, frugal governance, real conservatism is the only option.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online