American Conservatism : A View from Across the Pond

Iain Murray of the Competitive Enterprise Institute shares his thoughts on the current state of American Conservatism:

The American conservative movement is fighting back

...The number one lesson, I think, is that American conservatives recognise that their policies and values are validated by the instincts of the American people. When the GOP in Congress strayed too far from those instincts, the American people saw no need to vote for them. Like John Major, the Congressional GOP squandered a reputation for economic competence. Like Major, they were plagued with ethics scandals that the public found tawdry. Major didn't have an unpopular war, but few here believe the Iraq situation swung the people against the Republicans. It amplified the effect, but the root cause of public disaffection was deeper.

Accordingly, pundits like Laura Ingraham and politicians like Rep. Paul Ryan, philosophers like Robert George and superstars like Newt Gingrich all agree that the Republicans have to reconnect to the people, listen to their concerns, and match political actions to the people's values.

Posted by: Ragnar at 03:36 PM


1 sorry, I couldn't read thatarticle past the word values - wait until after the joke to tell the punchline.

Posted by: tbone at February 01, 2007 08:14 AM

2 The punchline said tbone takes it in the rear. It was hillarious.

Posted by: greyrooster at February 01, 2007 01:30 PM

3 I don't get it. Then again, I'm not speaking from experience.

Posted by: tbone at February 01, 2007 01:41 PM

4 If you want to know what the people think and/or want you have ,first , to ask them and then cary out their wishes. Whom are the people you might ask ? Well first off they are not those folks standing in line to kiss your ass, and they are not those lined up outside your office looking for a payoff. The people aren't the ones pissing on your back telling you it's raining. The people are the ones whom, when you screw up enough, fire your ass at the polls.

Posted by: Edward Lunny at February 01, 2007 02:32 PM

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