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AS NEW HAMPSHIRE CLOSES IN and South Carolina looms, conservatives are having a healthy discussion that is for younger conservatives a chance to learn anew, just as Ronald Reagan himself once did. It is a time to remember that this election is not about personality A, B, or C but about principles. Conservatives like Ronald Reagan and Rush Limbaugh — and in fact the people who voted for Reagan by the millions and listen to Rush by the millions — understand the principle of political gravity. They realize that however charming the latest batch of candidates, to the extent that they try and draw you away from these ten principles — and the eleventh as well — in varying degrees they are trying to tell you gravity does not exist. Go ahead, say these candidates. Try it. You’ll like it. No problem. Jump off the political equivalent of the Empire State Building without a parachute. Heck, politics is vertical anyway.
Is it possible to jump off the Empire State Building and go up? Sure, for a second or two. Can you ultimately avoid going down? Ahhh…no. Gravity is a fact, not a theory. Down in vertical politics, as President Reagan once said, leads only to the ant heap. It is, alas, definitely left. And in politics, the moment you start stirring the fires of resentment, pushing the sin of envy, that too is definitely left.
There is one last reason why I am a Reaganite conservative. It is, I think, why Ronald Reagan came to be a conservative, why millions of Americans today are Reaganite conservatives and, I bet, why Rush Limbaugh is a Reaganite conservative.
We all like to think we know the difference between up — and down.
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?