I’m sure conservatism will one day recover – because it is right about the main issues: government needs to be kept in its place, taxes should be low and budgets balanced, individuals should be able to pursue their dreams as free of government control as possible, families do matter and need to be free from government interference, free markets and enterprise are the only guarantees of prosperity, moral choices – and their consequences – should be faced by the individual responsibly, and we have to be strong in our defense and prudent in foreign policy. This is the conservatism I still believe in. Deep down, I’m sure McCain does too. But it will only come from the ashes of this fundamentalist, mean-spirited, parochial, arrogant, big-spending, irresponsible shambles of a party.
Now that’s a definition to conjure with: Smaller government, individual freedom, free markets, and strong defense. I’ll buy into that.
Tragically, here’s how the two current political parties stack up in this regard:
- Democrats: F
- Republicans: D+ (Bush II threw away his party’s hard-won rep for fiscal responsibility)
- Democrats: D (Too enamored of the nanny state)
- Republicans: D (Too socially conservative)
- Democrats: D (instinctive socialists)
- Republicans: C (too swayed by special interests)
- Democrats: D
- Republicans: B
What’s a true conservative to do?