I’ve been lax in my reading of late, but I did manage to finally get around to reading a thing or two this afternoon. One of the BEST pieces on conservatism was written by Owen Robinson (Boots & Sabers), posted on Wisconsin Policy Research Institute, answering the question “Is Conservatism Out of Gas?”. If you haven’t read it, I recommend it, vigorously!
Here’s a tiny bit:
If Ronald Reagan and the 104th Congress taught us anything, it is that conservatism works and people who forcefully and clearly articulate conservative principles win elections. If this last election has taught us anything, it is that those conservative principles must be more than mere rhetoric or the voters will cast those people out of office.
Political parties don’t have philosophies. They are blunt instruments designed to obtain and retain power. In order to use that instrument, conservatives must reassert themselves and provide the philosophical direction that will allow the Republican Party to reach out to Americans. Conservatives must address the major issues that affect the lives of all Americans.
Please, read the whole thing!