I did read Jeffrey Hart’s piece, and what struck me about it was how he allowed himself to be so meanspirited. Note the subhead reads, “William F. Buckley’s last gift to conservatism may have been his opposition to the Iraq War.” That seems to read, “William F. Buckley’s last gift to conservatism was a position I agree with.” Was it, though? A gift to conservatism? A gift?
It’s a good time to make the point that a good number of Mr. Buckley’s eulogizers have remarked just how nice he was. But the compliment is leveled at a trait held at arms length. I can’t guess what Mr. Hart is thinking when he writes:
Sure, Rush Limbaugh, who reaches drive-time listeners, appeals to a larger audience than the intellectual establishment was used to. His style is different than that of Buckley’s. Namecalling is unnecessary, especially when Rush has given no offense.
Speaking of which, I haven’t seen much namecalling among the “younger generation” of conservatives, as you put it. Ross Douthat, Reihan Salam, Jim Antle, Peter Suderman — Certainly, no one I mention among this group is currently super-famous, but I doubt that when the time comes, they’ll heap it on like this.
As for the momentary pall that’s come over conservatism — you’re right, Christopher, it’s curious that the older conservatives are gloomy. The ideas are still salient — so who cares about political power? Us young folk got all the time in the 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?