Politics

John McCain

Is Modern Conservatism a Mental Illness?

Jonah Goldberg in his new collection of meditations, The Tyranny of Clichés: How Libera...

Politics

It’s Hard to Win When You”€™re Playing Against the Referee

The Italian political theorist and longtime socialist journalist Carlo Galli recently publ...

Politics

Bill O'Reilly

Ten Things I Hate About the Right

The left gets a serious going-over on this site. Not that they don’t deserve it. If you ...

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Another Failed “€œConservative Success Story”€

According to Joel Klein's March 21 Newsweek column, "€œconservatives"€ went ballistic...

Conservatism

Babes in GOP-land

Babes in GOP-land

Last week, while CPAC was winding down its annual conference, one of its stellar speakers,...

Conservatism

Rush’s Style Over Substance

Rush’s Style Over Substance

Conservatism is people! That conservatives have already soured on Obama and his big spend...

Conservatism

The End of an Error

The End of an Error

Under Bush, the conservative movement became what it is – a mere tool of the Republican Party. In the past, there were many on the Right who wrote books, promoted philosophies and endorsed policies they hoped might eventually become political and cultural realities, and they often considered the GOP the better party to help implement a more conservative politics.

Today, we have the exact opposite, as the pundits and pontificators who represent popular conservatism have abandoned any ideas or principles for pure party partisanship.

What conservatism has the Bush era produced? Exploding government, enhanced state power, reckless spending, increased federal programs, open borders, starting a needless and costly war “€“ the list is endless “€“ and yet most self-described mainstream conservatives have little criticism for this catastrophe of a president.

Conservatism

New Year’s Revolution

New Year’s Revolution

I have never liked New Year’s Eve. Americans might have voted for “€œchange”€ recently, but I”€™ve rarely desired it, always finding the same-old, same-old to be as bright or brighter than any new horizons. As a child on New Year’s Eve, when everyone was looking toward a better new year, I was always wondering what was wrong with the last one.

To instinctively oppose change is what most would call a “€œreactionary”€ position and growing up in the comfortable, close-knit community of Hanahan, South Carolina very well might have turned me into one at an early age. Since putting away childish things, all the typical accusations lobbed at reactionaries; being anti-liberal, resisting “€œprogress,”€ romanticizing the past, you name it – I”€™ve not only been guilty of each, but have considered such qualities bedrock conservative principles.

But while my politics remain conservative – my disposition does not. With the hometown of my youth now somewhat distant, and portions of it being overrun by foreigners of questionable legal status, change could not come fast enough. With a government constantly and forcibly wedding my own future fortunes to inept big government and big business, and spending our children’s and grandchildren’s inheritance without hesitation, a drastic change of course is undoubtedly in order. And after eight years of a utopian, big government, authoritarian-leaning president who some still mistake as a conservative, I cannot wait for any new leadership that might redefine the American Right “€“ and given the current, sad state of affairs “€“ the more radical the better. I suspect many might agree that the changing the status quo is no longer a simple matter of reform “€“ but revolution.

Conservatism

In Praise of McCarthyism

In Praise of McCarthyism

I"€™ve avoided reading, let alone commenting on, the various post-election analyses of "...

Conservatism

Down with Culture!

Down with Culture!

The concept of “culture” permeates many aspects of our lives.  A ‘c...

Conservatism

Let the Purges Begin!

Let the Purges Begin!

The election of Illinois senator Barack Obama (D) to the presidency confirms a simple trut...

Conservatism

Causes for Hope

Causes for Hope

As Tom Piatak discusses over at Chronicles, David Frum hastened to the defense of his fell...

Conservatism

Open Hart Surgery

Open Hart Surgery

More tragic than the rubble of a raped and looted city, than the cancer-ridden face we kn...

Conservatism

Making Sense of the American Right

Making Sense of the American Right

Douglas A. Jeffrey and Claremont Review both deserve to be congratulated for violating th...