November 12, 2012
NOW THAT THE RIGHT HAS DECIDED THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AREN'T WORTHY OF THEIR IDEAS...:
Republicans at a crossroads (Rod Dreher, 11/08/12, BBC)
Surveying the smoking rubble of the Republican Party's election hopes, the right-wing talk radio giant Rush Limbaugh made a declaration."Conservatism, in my humble opinion, did not lose last night. It's just very difficult to beat Santa Claus."Read those two sentences carefully, for they tell you a lot about the massive psychological problem the Republicans face - and why it will be extraordinarily difficult and painful for them to deal with reality. [...]The Republican Party is becoming a perversely rigid sect, more concerned with being militantly correct than being pragmatic and successful. With each passing election cycle, their purity will become the purity of the desert.There are many American liberals who counsel conservatives that all would come right for us again if only we would jettison our principles and become liberals.No, thanks. Conservatives must be conservative, but we must also recognize that conservatism is not an ideology, but a way of approaching the world, the chief virtue of which is prudence.As the great modern conservative Edmund Burke taught, the act of governing - indeed, "every human benefit and enjoyment" - requires compromise.The talk-radio Jacobins and the suburban sans culottes may not like that kind of treacherous talk, but it is the essence of the conservative political temperament.Burke once observed that "a state without the means of some change is without the means of its conservation."He might have said the same thing about the Republican Party. Then again, the old boy was probably a RINO.
...can't they please stop bothering us with them?Posted by Orrin Judd at November 12, 2012 9:51 PM