From this history we learn that it is not the nation-state, but the kinds of nation-states that matter. From the birth of political philosophy in ancient Athens, it has been understood in the West that the difference between good and bad regimes, just as between lives lived well and lives lived badly, is all-important.
I fear America may be leaving the world of normal politics and entering the dangerous world of regime politics—a politics in which our political loyalties diverge more and more, as they did in the 1850s, between two contrary visions of the country.
If American conservatism means anything, then, it means the things found at the beginning of America, when it became a nation.
Much more than our rulers’ compassion, however, we deserve their respect—for us; our rights; our capacity and responsibility to feel and heal our own pains without their ministrations.
American conservatism is about conserving something—principles that are timeless because they are true—to be renewed and applied in our time.
It is little wonder that there is talk of another Sagebrush Rebellion like that embraced by Ronald Reagan in the late 1970s.
Today’s Tea Party has ambitions to become an ongoing force—maybe even the major force—in American conservatism.
Simply put, the American free market system is the greatest engine for prosperity and opportunity that the world has ever seen.
Second Amendment supporters, one prominent but less than articulate member of Congress alleges, have become “enablers of mass murder.”
Most conservatives do not believe that a radical diminution of American power and influence would be good for us or for the world.