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Monday, February 04, 2008

Yes We Can, Part II

I quote three paragraphs which sum up the deceptive forces against which a lot of us wage. This is from the writer who will be known through history as the Times greatest mistake, Willam Kristol--he of the "white women are trouble" comment a few nights ago on Fox News.

"The American conservative movement has been remarkably successful. We shouldn’t take that success for granted. It’s not easy being a conservative movement in a modern liberal democracy. It’s not easy to rally a comfortable and commercial people to assume the responsibilities of a great power. It’s not easy to defend excellence in an egalitarian age. It’s not easy to encourage self-reliance in the era of the welfare state. It’s not easy to make the case for the traditional virtues in the face of the seductions of liberation, or to speak of duties in a world of rights and of honor in a nation pursuing pleasure.

One reason conservatives have been able to navigate the rapids of modern America is that they’ve often gone out of their way to make their case with good cheer. William F. Buckley, the father of the conservative movement, skewered liberals, but always with wit and élan. By 1980, bolstered by the growth-oriented doctrine of supply-side economics, and speaking the language of American uplift more than that of conservative despair, Ronald Reagan won the presidency.

Since then we conservatives have had a pretty good run. We had a chance to implement a fair share of our ideas, and they worked. In the 1980s and 90s, conservative policies helped win the cold war, revive the economy and reduce crime and welfare dependency. American conservatism’s ascendancy has benefited this country — and much of the world — over the last quarter-century."


Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you haven't had a chance to read any of George Lakoff's books, I would recommend them. As a cognitive scientist he has broken down the intentional framing that goes on in politics and shows how conservatives have been more systematic and organized over the past 40 years.

Intriguing stuff.

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