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Compassionate Conservatism Redux
National Review Online, by Jonah Goldberg

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Posted By:StormCnter, 11/16/2012 5:25:04 AM

I think I owe an apology to George W. Bush. 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

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: planetgeo, 11/16/2012 5:53:36 AM     (No. 9017679)

I´m not ready to concede that we need to look for a "compassionate conservative" so much as we need to find a passionate conservative. George W. Bush was Exhibit A of the former. Ronald Reagan was Exhibit B of the latter. I liked both men, but I believe the path to future victory is Exhibit B.

The difference is not just in the role and size of government in trying to provide a better life for all Americans. It´s more about having someone to articulate and inspire all Americans about THEIR role in making life better. Belief. Passion. We need that charismatic leader, that passionate conservative.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: 49 Ford, 11/16/2012 6:31:45 AM     (No. 9017711)

Sounds good, poster #1. But one man or woman, however gifted, cannot reverse a deteriorating culture. The left has been playing the long game for the better part of a century, and the effect of its efforts has become evident. As a nation we are drowning in ignorance, laziness and moral nihilism. How well would JFK´s "Ask not..." pitch go over today? Could a Ronald Reagan have been elected in 2012? I for one am glad we´ll never know for sure.


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Reply 3 - Posted by: heneverlies, 11/16/2012 7:37:53 AM     (No. 9017825)

Deleted by Taste Police. Hijacking thread with similar comments are not allowed. LCom Staff.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Pluperfect, 11/16/2012 7:53:36 AM     (No. 9017858)

#3, guests who insist on tracking mud into the hostess´s parlor might not be invited back. You forgot your manners, sir.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Emerson, 11/16/2012 8:51:14 AM     (No. 9017971)

Re #4, yes.

Some write as though they´re trying to get something published. Or framed for their wall for future admiring. But is there any there there?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: starsNstripes, 11/16/2012 9:22:17 AM     (No. 9018061)

I agree with Jonah on two points.

First, compassionate conservatism was a sharp stick in the eye to those of us who were already conservatives and already considered ourselves compassionate. I don´t like the phrase or its suggestions.

Second, without creating a dumb slogan or label, we do need a clear message and messenger. I thought Romney was one of the best speakers we´ve had as a nominee since Reagan. Unfortunately as so many have pointed out conservatism is not his primary language. Couple that with his wealth and you have a guy, perceived or real, that no matter how eloquently he strings words together, his message just doesn´t resonate with today´s dumb-downed populace.

We need a blue collar, public school, energetic, grass roots, conservative, Christian, young enough to connect with today´s voters, preferrably with some Hispanic or ethnic lineage. Oh yeah, and he/she needs to be able to take big picture ideals and turn them into everyday images that people can relate to.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: heneverlies, 11/16/2012 9:26:11 AM     (No. 9018072)

Got to protect our neighbors, right? Even when one´s presentation is far off the mark? Might you whistle a different tune if one of your family members didn´t make it back from those two conflicts which most Americans wish to place outside of everyday life and reality?

Where´s your real compassion? Common sense plays a role when?

You can attack my thoughts, but I can´t attack your neighbor´s while in "her parlor" for that would be rude?

Perhaps you should work for Princeton Petraeus...

We are not a chatroom. LCom Staff.

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