April 5, 1986 |
There is a pathetic and disturbing lesson in the apologetic posture of American conservative leaders and intellectuals toward the crisis of white authoritarian rule in South Africa. The lesson simply put, is this: American conservatives find it hard if not impossible to support viable equality of status for blacks. At no point in the 20th century have claims by black people - whether here or in Africa - for political and social parity with whites gained support or sympathy from American conservative leaders and intellectuals, whether religious or secular.
July 30, 2004 |
John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge are writers for the Economist One of the secrets of conservative America is how often it has welcomed Republican defeats. In 1976, many conservatives saw the trouncing of the moderate Gerald Ford as a way of clearing the path for the ideologically pure Ronald Reagan in 1980. In November of 1992, George H.W. Bush's defeat provoked celebrations not just in Little Rock, where the Clintonites danced around to Fleetwood Mac, but also in some corners of conservative America.
December 22, 1987
So the Moonies are financing the hard right, pouring millions of dollars into the movements of such prominent conservatives as Richard Viguerie, and into organizations like the National Conservative Political Action Committee and the Christian Voice lobby. A first reaction to Frank Greve's intriguing and disconcerting report in Sunday's Inquirer is: How ironic! Here are conservative all-American organizations that wrap themselves in the flag accepting money from a Korean- based church.
January 14, 2001
Maybe it's Harrisburg's version of compassionate conservatism, the way House Majority Leader John M. Perzel (R., Phila.) has taken on former Rep. Joseph M. Gladeck Jr. as a consultant. Mr. Gladeck stands to earn nearly $110,000 a year at the monthly rate of $9,166. This comes after the Montgomery County Republican's 22-year Harrisburg career unraveled following a decidedly ungentlemanly - not to mention, uncompassionate - shoving session with his girlfriend in 1999. The GOP managed to hold onto the House seat when Mr. Gladeck decided not to run again, and now a grateful party will seek his advice on redrawing congressional and legislative districts.
October 28, 2005 |
Jonah Goldberg is a nationally syndicated columnist The bile accumulating on the right toward the White House has reached China Syndrome proportions and is starting to melt through the floor. Suddenly, conservatives are starting to question whether George W. Bush is one of them at all. One of my heroes, Robert Bork, recently wrote in the Wall Street Journal that "George W. Bush has not governed as a conservative. This George Bush, like his father, is showing himself to be indifferent, if not actively hostile, to conservative values.
February 8, 2010
IT'S BEEN A banner moment for conservatives. Naturally, the earthquake in Haiti elicited some thoughts. Rush "Mr. Compassion" Limbaugh enlightened us about the mistake we'd be making by contributing money to the victims. We couldn't be sure that any money contributed via a White House Web site would ever reach the victims. No doubt he was referring to the notorious band of villains ("Pelosi's Plunderers") who've been known to rob the penny jars from orphanages and transfer the funds to their secret campaign to resurrect FDR. Pat Robertson, that paragon of Christian values, displayed the actual document signed by Haitians and the devil.
May 19, 2006 |
THE EXPERTS tell us that our main political choice is between conservatives who want to leave things to the market and liberals who want the government to redistribute income. The experts are wrong. In fact, both liberals and conservatives want the government to intervene to redistribute income. The difference is the direction of the redistribution and that conservatives are smart enough to hide their role for government. The conservatives' role for government can be seen in almost any policy they support, once we look a bit below the surface.
December 3, 2007 |
THE RECENT announcement that Mayor Street has agreed to preside over a same-sex commitment ceremony is likely to please local liberals and anger local conservatives. While I join my fellow conservatives in opposing abortion and affirmative action, I disagree with them in their opposition to gay marriage - and for the same reason that conservatives usually trumpet in other situations, namely, limiting government intrusion into people's lives. Like most people, I always just accepted the fact that a couple needed a license from the government to get married.
August 7, 1993 |
Most positions that make sense to me coincide with conservatism. I believe that the culture of the street, not racism, is to blame for crime and poverty in the inner cities. I want more tough cops and sterner judges. I loathe the cult of victimization. I oppose affirmative action and all forms of patronizing condescension with which liberals view Hispanics. And I think the best setting to bring up a child is the traditional family - dad, mom, the kids, and a grandparent or two. So I have always felt more comfortable with conservatives than with liberals.
July 6, 2004
I have to laugh at all the conservative crybabies whining because you endorsed John Kerry before his official acceptance at the Democratic Convention. We all know it's a foregone conclusion and I applaud your choice. The idea of a liberal media is a myth. Conservatives like to label any network or newspaper liberal that dares to question the Republican Party, the president, the present government, or religion. They froth at the mouth whenever a view different from theirs makes it into the media.