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I Think I Owe an Apology to George W. Bush.

Cleombrotus2011 Wrote: Nov 16, 2012 7:28 AM
The word Conservative does not need a qualifier and by labeling it "compassionate", Bush was agreeing to the Left's portrayal of conservatism as being heartless. From there it was simply a matter of watering it down to meet with Leftist expectations. No, I do not owe one bit of an apology to any member of the Bush clan. They all display a singular ignorance of just what conservatism is and what informs it. It is their vision of conservatism that continually is beaten in the election results.

William F. Buckley once noted that he was 19 when the Cold War began at the Yalta conference. The year the Berlin Wall came down, he became a senior citizen. In other words, he explained, anti-Communism was a defining feature of conservatism his entire adult life. Domestically, meanwhile, the right was largely a "leave me alone coalition": Religious and traditional conservatives, overtaxed businessmen, Western libertarians, and others fed up with government social engineering and economic folly. The foreign policy battle against tyrannical statism abroad only buttressed the domestic antagonism toward well-intentioned and occasionally democratic statism at home.

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