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California and Conservatism: Conditions Exist for Conservatism's Revival in the Interior
06/04/2018 9:03:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
National Review ^ | 06/04/2018 | Victor Davis Hanson
I share some of the sentiments of Jay Nordlinger’s Corner post expressing confidence that some day in the future there may be hope for California conservatism. That’s why I continue to live in the house that I grew up in, despite vast changes in the nature of the rural community I was born into. But I would take sharp issue with Jay’s statement that current critics of the direction of the state are somehow either prejudicial or dispirited: A lot of us conservatives have long written it off. California is too changed: too brown, too illegal, too bloated, too listless....

Conservatism Is Now Everywhere
01/29/2015 4:50:26 AM PST · by Kaslin · 33 replies ^ | January 29, 2015 | Emmett Tyrrell
WASHINGTON -- There is a problem with the Internet. Its commentary is too often dominated by pinheads. H.L. Mencken used to complain that only idiots write letters to the editor. That might have been true of his day -- the 1920s and 1930s -- but in our time writers of letters to the editor of newspapers and even of websites are occasionally quite well-informed and even lucid. But others, I am afraid, are indeed pinheads, sitting in their underwear back home, foaming at the mouth, believing that the whole world is profoundly interested in their every word, until the authorities...

RIP, Movement Conservatism
02/27/2017 5:53:57 AM PST · by Kaslin · 76 replies
American Thinker ^ | February 27, 2017 | J.R. Dunn
Among his other accomplishments, Donald Trump, without ever intending to, has fractured conservatism – something that was long overdue. The American conservative movement has come quite a distance since the middle of the last century, from a small coterie viewed with contempt by the larger culture to the front ranks of a juggernaut that set back the plans of this country’s left-wing collectivists to a degree that its founders would not have considered possible. (Recall William F. Buckley’s statement that the role of conservatism was to “stand athwart history, yelling “stop.” Incredible as it may seem, “history” did stop.) Today,...

Where is Conservatism Headed?
12/15/2015 1:51:06 PM PST · by don-o · 38 replies
The Imaginative Conservative ^ | October 12, 2014 | Claes Ryn
As this article will discuss the state and future of the so-called "conservative movement," it is only fair to inform readers not familiar with the author's views that he has long been a critic of prominent features of that movement. He has complained about its obsession with politics and its disproportionate interest in public policy and economics. For a society really to change, its mind and imagination need to be transformed. The author has complained about the movement's propensity for formulaic thinking, its blithe acceptance of the anti-historical theorizing of Leo Strauss and the Straussians, and about purported conservatives' thinking...

Is There Not Cause to Fight for Conservatism?
04/20/2016 6:52:40 PM PDT · by writer33 · 90 replies
Conservative Review ^ | 04/20/16 | David Serenda
History is the most effective teacher we will have in our lives, because it gives us the answers to life's situations. This is especially true with war stories, as they tell of great courage in the face of even greater despair. Allow me to take you back in time to when a fierce battle was talking place between the armies of the Philistines and armies of Israel. As we study the history of this battle, we find both armies atop separate mountains with a great valley separating them. As Goliath, the leader of the Palestinian army, mocks the nation of...

The Essence of Conservatism
01/16/2015 5:10:41 PM PST · by donaldo · 7 replies
The Russell Kirk Center | Russell Kirk A very good list of the essentials of conservatism. Russell Kirk - “Conservatism is something more than mere solicitude for tidy incomes.”

03/23/2018 7:41:57 PM PDT · by Rummyfan · 38 replies
Power Line ^ | 23 Mar 2018 | John Hinderaker
I first made that observation–you can vote for conservatism, but you can’t get it–quite a few years ago. Sadly, it remains true, as exemplified by the $1.3 trillion spending monstrosity that President Trump signed today. How bad is the bill? Rand Paul tweeted in real time as he read the bill–or as much of it as he could read through in the hours available. He produced a number of tweets, here are just a few of them: Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi are gleeful, as they should be. They are in an enviable position: they don’t have to win elections...

A New Conservatism Must Emerge
02/17/2021 7:49:41 AM PST · by Heartlander · 9 replies
American Greatness ^ | 02.16.2021 | Arthur Milikh
A New Conservatism Must EmergeAmerica is currently engaged in a regime-level struggle that will preserve or destroy the purpose that has defined it. On one side stands the American way of life, characterized by republican self-government and the habits of mind and character necessary to sustain it. On the other side stands identity politics, which demands the perpetual punishment and humiliation of so-called oppressor groups combined with the unquestioned rule of the so-called marginalized. These two regimes are in conflict and cannot coexist.The regime of identity politics has already conquered nearly all of America’s major institutions and dominates the moral...

More to Conservatism Than a Vibe
01/23/2016 6:28:44 AM PST · by Theophilus · 25 replies
Blog & Mablog ^ | 1/22/2016 | Douglas Wilson
So how does Donald Trump do it? Do what, you ask?Entirely detached from identifiable conservative principles, and almost equally detached from a recognizable conservative record, he nonetheless is filling up venues with enthusiastic people who are responding to what they think is some kind of conservative vibe. What is it that enabled someone like Sarah Palin to go dithyrambic? It isn't anything conservative, of course, but it is not just smoke. There is a reason people are thinking what they do, and as a showman and entertainer, Trump knows how to exploit it. And as it happens, the two things...

A Roy Moore win is bad for conservatism
11/20/2017 5:22:50 PM PST · by MNDude · 116 replies

At least that is what conservative talk radio host Michael Medved was saying today. I don't agree with that opinion, what do you think?

Catch-Up Conservatism
12/18/2020 8:27:52 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 8 replies
Steyn Online ^ | 17 Dec 2020 | Mark Steyn
Every morning, like millions of other conservatives in the United States, I wake up to multiple pleas from Republicans to send money NOW!!! to save the Senate. The latest garbage polls show Perdue a quarter-point ahead and Ms Loeffler half-a-point behind, but, given the rate at which the dodgy mail ballots are pouring in, it's either going to be a double-header Dem landslide or a narrow enough win for the rock-ribbed two-thirds conservative majority of the Supreme Court to be terrified of hearing any lawsuit on the subject. So the GOP need even more of your dough to prevent the...

If this is what conservatism has become, count me out
02/26/2018 5:22:52 PM PST · by C19fan · 112 replies
Washington Post ^ | February 25, 2018 | Max Boot
I’m used to being vilified by the far left as a bloodthirsty neocon warmonger for the Original Sin of having supported the invasion of Iraq along with 72 percent of the American public. It has been a little more surprising to be simultaneously vilified by the far right as a dangerous left-winger. David Horowitz’s FrontPage magazine accused me of going “full leftist” for acknowledging that racism and sexism remain pervasive problems. Breitbart called me, with ironic quotation marks, the “Washington Post’s ostensibly new ‘conservative’ columnist,” because, among other sins, I support gun control and immigration. American Greatness wrote that I...

Real conservatism
05/03/2015 3:58:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
The Williamsport Sun-Gazette ^ | May 3, 2015 | Paul Goldsmith
Seasoned conservatives celebrated when Ted Cruz announced his bid for presidency. Mr. Cruz is the Tea Party's favorite candidate and he is despised by liberals. Ted Cruz refuses to set aside his belief in traditional values to appease "moderates" and "swing voters". Ted Cruz knows that we need to look to our freedom loving, Christian past to get this nation back on track. The sad thing is that Rand Paul also announced he will run. Mr. Paul is one of these "libertarians". Even the word itself, "libertarian" sounds too much like liberal. Rand Paul is liberal on social issues such...

Conservatism beyond ballots
06/30/2015 4:52:17 PM PDT · by RKBA Democrat · 24 replies
Vanity ^ | 6-30-15 | RKBA Democrat
We've all seen the news of the past week or so. It's been grim. It started with our elected kleptocrats deciding it would be a cool good idea to eviscerate the middle class through expedited trade authority. The hits just kept coming with the 9 unelected political hacks on the supreme court deciding first that the law doesn't mean what it says with regards to socialist medicine, and then following up and constructing new laws and privileges from whole cloth with regard to homosexual "marriage." For dessert, they decided that the Texas infanticide prevention law needed to be blocked. This...

Do Millennials Need Conservatism?
09/09/2014 8:46:17 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 22 replies
Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 8, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
America has fought for the Constitution and its values for a short time, but liberals and progressives have gotten the upper hand as of late. Tim Donner, the president of One Generation Away, spoke at the libertarian think tank Cato Institute in Washington, D.C. on the importance of teaching millennials, youth and children about the Federalist Papers and the U.S. Constitution. One Generation Away is a non-profit organization committed to restore American constitutional values. millennials on electronics Donner shared how the Constitution “has been a subject of great debate over the last several years” and yet, “the good news and...

Conservatism is Calling
09/03/2014 9:06:23 PM PDT · by Bullish · 24 replies
youtube ^ | Published on Oct 25, 2012 | Kyle Becker
Mark Levin had a caller last night that is the maker of this video. Mark has seen it and is very impressed by it. He took the callers number and is going to see if he can help him produce more like it. The vid is about a year old but it is well worth the 7 min watch if you haven't seen it before. Forgive if it's been posted here before. A FR search turned up nothing. Conservatism is calling

A new voice for conservatism
03/27/2017 2:36:04 PM PDT · by TBP · 14 replies
The Washington Compost ^ | March 24 | George Will
Today's governor, Doug Ducey, is demonstrating the continuing pertinence of the limited-government conservatism with which Sen. Goldwater shaped the modern GOP, after himself being shaped by life in the leave-me-alone spirit of the wide open spaces of near-frontier Arizona. Last year, Ducey, now 52, told National Review, "If you want to learn something new, you need to read something old. As Barry Goldwater wrote in 'Conscience of a Conservative,' 'My aim is not to pass laws, it’s to repeal them.' " Ducey was preaching what he already had practiced. He took office in January 2015, as the Super Bowl was about...

Conservatism And Its Discontents
06/27/2016 7:04:55 PM PDT · by OddLane · 3 replies
American Rattlesnake ^ | June 27, 2016 | Gerard Perry
A few additional notes regarding George Hawley’s fascinating look at dissent within the right: Notwithstanding the Trump Ascendancy, his belief that moderate libertarianism-or conservatarianism, as some have dubbed it-will exert the greatest influence over mainstream conservatism in the years ahead holds some merit. The disdain the modern conservative movement has for genuinely libertarian ideas is reflected in the figure of Jonah Goldberg, someone whom every group described in Professor Hawley’s book would view with contempt, at best. The fact that his publication has gone out of its way to publish writers who present a watered-down, libertarian lite perspective merely demonstrates...

Conservatism as Counterculture
03/02/2015 11:23:18 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 9 replies
National Review ^ | 3/2/2015 | Shelby Steele
I was recently invited to make some remarks at a charity dinner for a cause that I strongly support. The organizers worried that, because their cause affected only Third World nations, they would have a hard time raising money from an American audience. Localism, it seemed, in everything from farm produce to charity giving, was the new vogue. People wanted to see their dollars at work locally rather than watch them disappear into the coffers of some international organization. Could I help them make the case for international giving? On the night of the dinner it occurred to me to...

Abortion and Conservatism
05/28/2019 4:49:11 PM PDT · by WWII_Historian · 12 replies
New Right Network ^ | May 28, 2019 | Gary Gindler
Abortion is front and center of most political debates currently. The recent wave of pro-Life legislation in Alabama, Georgia, Ohio, Kentucky, Missouri, and Mississippi have good intentions from good people, but the approach is fundamentally flawed. They are trying to legislate something which essentially does not belong to that domain. The abortion issue is fundamentally not political, and Conservatives should not follow the examples of the totalitarian left who try to legislate toward the erosion of Capitalism on their path to Socialism. These recent pro-Life laws take aim only at the Supreme Court. They are states’ answers to Roe v....
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