The uphill climb. Don’t take it personally. ‘Twas inevitable. Carpe Diem. Plus more.
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Had you considered the irony — some might say distasteful irony
— in employing the term “Rise Again” in an article prompted by
the election of the first Black president? As in “the South will
Rise Again?” Just a thought.
— Brian Johnson
Overland Park, Kansas
I found McCain to be far more “liberal” than Obama. Obama’s
health plan is a lot like Mitt Romney’s, McCain’s was a radical
transformation of the financing and delivery of health care in
the USA. Can anyone read his plan to tax health benefits and
redistribute the funds and not see that McCain really did want to
spread our health care benefits around? Does any true
conservative believe that if the money was run through Washington
the politicians would not try to influence how it was spent?
Lobbyists and social activists would target the program. There
would be fight after fight over whether federal funds could be
used to buy insurance that either did include something
(abortions) or didn’t include something (chiropracters). How can
a conservative not believe that would occur? Obama is not
conservative, but McCain was worse.
— David Wyant
Conservatism can rise again if they articulate a clear understanding of what they are and what the word means.
In 1964 I was a 19-year-old college freshman deeply excited by Barry Goldwater’s “Conscious of a Conservative.” I worked to support his election despite the overwhelming odds because I believed in a “Constitutional conservatism.” As the next few years went on I became increasingly uncomfortable that Richard Nixon was going to carry this banner. I was very confused about what he meant by the “silent majority” that he infused in his politics. As several years went by and I began it understand that it was essentially “social conservatism” which simply didn’t fit with my idea of “constitutional conservatism.”
As the years went by the idea of constitutional conservatism was overwhelmed by “social conservatism” within the Republican party. In my mind, the Constitution reserves to the states those responsibilities not assigned to the federal government. Most social conservative issues (abortion, sex education, evolution, Christian and white supremacy, gay marriage and so forth) have nothing to do with the federal government’s role.
As far as I am concerned those issues have no place in national politics. They are church matters or at most state matters. Eventually I was simply driven out of the Republican party because their issues were not my issues. To this day I remain a financial and Constitutional conservative, but not without some rules for the road (bank regulation, anti-monopoly, labor relations, and regulations for basic public services). Libertarian I am not.
Reagan and Bush increased the size of government, increased the deficit, reduced taxes without reducing spending. This was not constitutional or fiscal conservatism. Don’t get me started on Bush’s utter disregard for the Constitution. He should have been impeached. Only Clinton worked at my brand of fiscal conservatism. He wasn’t very constructive because he got off to a slow start and then spent 6 years battling with Newt Gingrich over absolutely nothing!!
Really the Democratic party is now all that is left for me. So I contributed to and voted for Obama.
The conservative discussion needs to be about what they are and
what they are not. I don’t think the Republicans are ready to do
— David Ballard
I think we need to create a party machine that can counter the Soros money and all of the foreign campaign donations that Obama received. This is not about ideology. The American people agree more with conservative principles than liberal/leftist principals. They were duped by a huge money machine.
It doesn’t matter how good the message is if you can’t get it out because the left is shouting louder. It doesn’t matter how good the message is when the left is spewing lies that go unchallenged in the real world.
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?