And here I was thinking that the Christian Democratic Party had already existed in America, thriving until destroyed, ironically, by a sea change in social order brought about during the administration of the first Catholic President.
Alas the New Deal coalition — now the Old Deal — cannot rise again, certainly not without some equally comprehensive and multi-generational national calamity. If anything has been proven a fraud when coming from the GOP post-Roosevelt, it’s “big-government conservatism,” which, in a social sense, has been the only thing to keep Democrats nationally electable in districts with a lot of elderly people.
One could argue that big government itself tends to erode the classical conservative fiber of a free people, but the more compelling observation, I think, is that big government conservatism drives a nauseous reaction among large portions of free people such that “Establishment” culture and “Establishment” bureaucracy are understood to be conjoined twins. Which turns out to be fatal to the authoritative culture, because throwing a social revolution is so easy and painless nowadays relative to throwing a genuinely political revolution that it’s virtually been institutionalized — largely owing to the success of neocapitalism, I might add. But what is “neocapitalism” other than the idea that things once held sacred or private are to be made into new public commodities?
The faith in authority, secular and otherwise, that has passed out of the mass public consciousness, with regard to politics and culture, is a necessary precondition of Christian Democracy, and probably even moreso Christian Socialism. I’d say: don’t hold your breath. Who wants to go back to the days of Adlai Stevenson anyhow? That faith crumbled for deeper reasons than the incredible persuasiveness of the Beat movement.
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?