A defense of full-fledged conservatism.
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With Richard Weaver, we believe that ideas have consequences; that life and the world are to be cherished; that some ideas and values transcend others; that excellence and heroism should be recognized and honored; that while equality before the law is necessary and moral, equality of condition is impossible and a “disorganizing heresy.” And with Willmoore Kendall (and with Madison), we believe that the most basic American political tradition is that of the representative assembly deliberating under God, and that the ultimate guarantor of our rights is no list of rights committed to paper but rather the constitutional processes of deliberative government itself.
With Ronald Reagan, we believe that peace is achieved through strength, and that the United States is an inherently moral actor on the world’s stage.
And also with Ronald Reagan, we believe that because we are Americans, “we have every right to dream heroic dreams.” And to make those dreams come true.
Those are some of our principles. Programmatically, to put those principles into action, we believe in low and fair taxation, in government limited in its ends and size, in balanced budgets, in a strong but not bloated military, in parental/family choice and control in education, in strong police forces and court systems under strict civilian elected authority, in free enterprise within a system of readily understandable rules, in the sanctity of contracts, in judges with self-restraint and respect for the actual text of our Constitution and laws, and in sound money.
The great thing about it is, majorities (or strong pluralities) of Americans instinctively believe these things. The trick isn’t to, well, to trick them, but to remind them that what they already believe (if they stop and think about it) is worth believing and adhering to.
Prediction: In coming months, because of so many conversations about how to revive our political prospects — technologically, tonally, verbally, organizationally, and temperamentally — we all will see noticeable improvements in conservative messages and messengers. And, because Republicans cannot win without conservatives, you will see these improvements among Republicans, including sometimes clueless Republican elected officials, as well.
And we’ll do it without abrogating in any way, shape or form our commitment to limited government and time-tested values.
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?