America’s need for immigrants
Al Cardenas, chair of the American Conservative Union, teamed up with John McLaughlin to produce an essay entitled “Do We Need More Immigrants?“ By “we” they mean America in general, and the answer they provide is “a resounding yes.” The essay has two major sections. In the first, Cardenas and McLaughlin cite an Opiniones Latinas survey that shows “the majority of Hispanics, particularly registered voters, | Read More »
Go Big or Go Home
In 1960, Barry Goldwater published The Conscience of a Conservative. In it, he noted Conservatism is not an economic theory, though it has economic implications. The shoe is precisely on the other foot: it is Socialism that subordinates all other considerations to man’s material well-being. It is Conservatism that puts material things in their proper place — that has a structured view of the human | Read More »
Capitalism and community
Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) recently gave an address to the Heritage Foundation entitled “What Conservatives are For.” I think he intended a double meaning with the title, as he addressed both the purpose of conservatism, and the positions conservatives should support. I heard a bit of this speech on the Rush Limbaugh show Wednesday afternoon, and my interest was piqued, so I found the full transcript and | Read More »
Sen. Ted Cruz’ CPAC 2013 keynote speech: Conservatives are winning
The main theme of Cruz’ speech was how Conservatives can continue to win. Cruz said Conservatives must (1) defend the Constitution and (2) champion growth and opportunity.
Cruz talked about the campaign finance, the administration’s disregard for religious freedom, the campaign to restrict gun rights, called for repeal of the National Defense Authorization Act (“NDAA”), in highlighting the First, Second, Fourth, Fifth and Tenth Amendments, as well as Article VI of the Constitution.
With regard to championing growth and liberty, Cruz focused on the difference in how Presidents Obama and Reagan dealt with severe recessions and the contrasting results.
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Conservatives Actually Suck at This
John Boehner can do whatever the heck he wants to. The GOP could be making the argument that the White House has offered nothing on spending and the American people want spending cuts as much as they are okay with tax increases, but instead John Boehner will publicly negotiate with himself. And he can. He can throw conservatives off fiscal committees without consequence. Conservatives can | Read More »
I’m Not Sure What Republicans Stand For in Congress
I was once an elected Republican. There isn’t much that the Republican Party has to do with trash collection, but I was a Republican on the Macon, Georgia City Council and I supported trash collection privatization. It wasn’t the Republican thing to do. It was the conservative thing to do. It was the right thing to do. Multiple times it had been tried and multiple | Read More »
Presidential Politics Does Not Define Conservatism
The conservative movement is a complex coalition of people and ideas that seek to impact popular culture, public policy and electoral politics based on its ideals and principles. To take something this complex and diverse and equate it with an election at the highest possible level is to both over-simplify and devalue it.
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If you see ten troubles coming down the road, you can be sure that nine will run into the ditch before they reach you. — President Calvin Coolidge For five years I have consistently maintained that Mitt Romney could not be elected President of the United States. The only thing that changed was Barack Obama’s terrible debate performance and I made the unfortunate mistake of | Read More »
In Which I Welcome Myself to the Front Page
For those of you not at the RedState Gathering this past weekend, I’d like to announce that I have been promoted to the front page here as a Contributing Editor. It is a blessing that I can join the great men and women (including fellow new front pager Breeanne Howe of the notorious Howe family) who post here. It’s been almost six years since I | Read More »
On Jonathan Krohn’s Defection
Promoted from the diaries Among the other stories that surfaced in the news yesterday, I found out that former 14 year-old conservative wunderkind Jonathan Krohn, he of the book Define Conservatism and the CPAC 2009 speech, has now defected. Though he asserts, according to Politico, “I want to be Jonathan Krohn…and I’m tired of being an ideology, and it’s not fun and it gets boring and it’s not | Read More »
How the NRA Helped ObamaCare
It’s tough to accuse the National Rifle Association of being left-wing, but events on Thursday highlight just how useless the organization can be to the conservative movement at large. On the day that the Supreme Court found the most odious provisions of the Affordable Care Act – ObamaCare – constitutional, the House of Representatives took the historic step of holding a sitting attorney general in | Read More »
Jonah Goldberg’s Attack on the Tyranny of Cliches
I will admit up-front that I am far from an unbiased observer when it comes to Jonah Goldberg. I am a fan. And I have been lucky enough to get to know him some over the years and consider him a friend. So feel free to factor that in to what follows. But even with that caveat, there is a small part of me that | Read More »
Vote For Romney Because He’ll Owe Us?….Seriously?
There are actually some reasons to vote for Mitt Romney in this year’s GOP Primaries. I don’t personally find them compelling, and have endorsed one of Gov. Romney’s opponents. I admire the man’s ability to manage large projects and he does know how an executive office works. Voting for Mitt Romney may not be my personal predilection, but it isn’t quite as pointless as wearing | Read More »
All of the candidates suck. Pick one.
Promoted from the diaries. The key message here is the first and last sentences. Remember that when/if you threaten to “stay home” from the election(s) … Ed. So…..do they suck WORSE than Obama? All of the candidates are politicians. ALL of them think that government has answers….YES, even Ron Paul. THAT’S WHY THEY ARE IN POLITICS. Let’s see…. Romney is a front runner because he’s | Read More »
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George W. Bush in 1999 vs. Rick Perry in 2011
Watching Governor Rick Perry’s speech at the Red State Gathering, I was struck by the degree to which conservatism has grown at the highest levels of electoral politics, including presidential elections, over the past decade. Twelve years ago, another Texan, George W. Bush, announced his presidential bid by ushering in a new era of conservatism. At the time, following the longest Republican exile from the | Read More »