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.
I have never liked New Year’s Eve. Americans might have voted for “change” 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 “reactionary” 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 “progress,” 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.
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