David Kirkpatrick

August 4, 2009

Conservatism as a movement of “no”

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 2:24 pm

Andrew Sullivan made a very pertinent point today at the tail end of a post on a related, but more focused, topic. His point is conservatism as it’s realized today in the United States is against a lot of things, but not really for anything.

At one point in time you could honestly believe conservatism sought limited government and civil liberties. Those days are long over. Sure many self-styled conservatives in the GOP will sp0ut these ideals, but as nothing more than platitudes while doing nothing in terms of public policy, promoting legislation or even simply offering philosophical arguments on the hows and whys of this approach to government.

It’s easy to shake your head “no” at every proposal offered by those across the aisle. It’s a lot more difficult to actually counter with solutions and ideas to join all that dissent. Just ask today’s Republican Party.

From the link:

I repeat to conservatives: we know what you’re against, in healthcare, energy, counter-terrorism, taxation, gay rights, abortion. What are you actually for? How do you intend to actually address the questions of our time and place? And if conservatism cannot do that, what use is it?

1 Comment »

  1. The GOP is going to wind up hunkered down in a bunker in the hills of Montana if they keep up that same old obstructionist tactics. We’ll go visit them as an historic relic community, as they cling to their weapons caches and deny global warming.

    http://christianliberal.wordpress.com/2009/08/04/gop-year-2025/

    Comment by christianliberal — August 4, 2009 @ 2:38 pm


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