What conservatives believe is right.
We are for freedom, they are for coercion.
We are for personal choice when other lives aren’t at stake. They are for choice only when the choice involves other lives being snuffed out.
We are for personal responsibility enforced by self-restraint and social norms. They are for responsibility imposed from without by government bureaucrats.
We conservatives are for the ideals that make America America. They, the liberals, are for transforming America into an imagined utopia enforced by command and control, based on values alien to the great American tradition.
We are for conserving, through private action, what is best in human nature, with reliance on the grace of God. They are for catalyzing, through government action, a change in the very nature of man, with reliance on the ability to imprison those who oppose their brave new world.
We are for health care decisions being made by doctors and their patients, perhaps within parameters established by freely chosen insurance. We believe in the ability, through health savings accounts, to self-insure; we believe in the privilege of buying insurance across state lines, or through self-selected insurance pools — and in the right to refuse insurance at all if we so desire. They are for having distant bureaucrats make health care decisions that are binding and irreversible, and in phasing private insurance completely out of existence. They believe that everybody should be forced into insurance pools run or regulated heavily by the government, in which one size fits all and cost controls are more important than individual decisions.
We think the American people are smart enough to choose our own cars and own hierarchy of values. They think Americans can’t be trusted with automotive autonomy because our values aren’t in sync with saving the planet.
We believe that individual states ought to decide whether to allow energy production off their coasts. They believe the federal government should save states from the supposed environmental degradation of offshore drilling. (Never mind, by the way, that far more environmental damage is caused by leaks and spills from tankers bringing foreign energy to the United States than is caused by leaks and spills from pipelines carrying domestically produced oil and gas.)
We believe that the productive industry and ingenuity of the American people can, with time, overcome almost any economic obstacle. They believe that only a self-appointed elite can channel American restlessness in productive directions.
We believe that low taxes inspire progress. They believe that high taxes are needed for government to pay for progress — and to punish those who earn “too much” for the likings of self-proclaimed “progressives.”
We believe that government must be limited not merely for the sake of fiscal responsibility, but for the sake of liberty. They believe that government must be large in order to insure fairness, and that fiscal responsibility therefore requires ever-higher taxes. We believe (within reason) that government is best which governs least. They believe that government is best which governs most strenuously.
We believe in equality of liberty. They believe in equality of result achieved, implicitly, at the point of a gun.
We believe in ordered liberty. They believe in libertinism.
We believe in a moral order rooted in God’s glory and in the wisdom of the ages. They believe in a moral (dis)order that is man-made, post-modern, and not reliant on — and sometimes hostile to the very notion of — God.
We believe parents usually are, and should be, the best educators of our children. They believe parents can’t be trusted even to choose which schools their children attend.
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?