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The Calamity of Bush’s Conservatism

September 3, 2008 by

Conservatism as we once knew it is hopelessly corrupted.

Conservatism has come to be identified with endless war, government expansion, violations of every human right and liberty. You can detect it at cocktail parties, where self-identified conservatives sneer at the very idea of liberty.

Clearly, in the age of Bush, conservatism now constitutes as great or even greater a threat to American liberty than the Left and left-liberalism. It is long past time for every right-thinking American to reject the term conservative as a self-description.

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jaqphule September 3, 2008 at 11:32 am

Thundering! Excellent speech, although I note that from the camera shots, many in the crowd weren’t terribly convinced.

Is it “party before principle”, or “label before principle” that’s the trouble? Why so much fear to abandon “conservatism” when they’re clearly convinced that there’s something wrong with it?

hayesy September 4, 2008 at 7:37 pm

conservatism now constitutes as great or even greater a threat to American liberty than the Left and left-liberalism.

We’ll hold you to that.

nick gray September 4, 2008 at 8:20 pm

Language changes are fascinating! Here in Australia, the term ‘Liberal’ is attached to a party, the pro-business party. I understand that ‘liberal’ is now a left-wing term in America. Perhaps you should start a new term. ‘Ultra-Marketeer’ could be used, as a Free-market party name. ‘Enterpreneurist’, maybe? Hard to see how that could be twisted to support state intervention!

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