Skip to comments.Conservatism Is Dead
Posted on 02/03/2013 2:30:29 PM PST by SunkenCiv
More telling than Barack Obama's victory is the consensus, steadily building since Election Day, that the nation has sunk -- or been plunged -- into its darkest economic passage since the Great Depression. And, as Obama pushes boldly ahead, apparently with public support, the right is struggling to reclaim its authority as the voice of opposition. The contrast with 1993, when the last Democratic president took office, is instructive. Like Obama, Bill Clinton was elected in hard economic times and, like him, promised a stimulus program, only to see his modest proposal ($19.5 billion) stripped almost bare by the Senate minority leader, Bob Dole, even though Democrats had handily won the White House and Senate Republicans formed nearly as small a minority as they do today. The difference was that the Republicans -- disciplined, committed, self-assured -- held the ideological advantage, which Dole leveraged through repeated use of the filibuster. Today, such a stratagem seems unthinkable. There is instead almost universal agreement -- reinforced by the penitential testimony of Alan Greenspan and, more recently, by grudgingly conciliatory Republicans -- that the most plausible economic rescue will involve massive government intervention, quite possibly on the scale of the New Deal/Fair Deal of the 1930s and '40s and perhaps even the New Frontier/Great Society of the 1960s. All this suggests that movement doctrine has not only been defeated but discredited.
(Excerpt) Read more at newrepublic.com ...
IBWDAO (In Before We’re Doing A-OK!)
I would never say it’s dead, but merely resting. I find that people choose liberalism when they want to live a better life than they can afford, but become more conservative when the money’s gone.
Any conservative who believes conservatism is dead needs to STFU, climb down off the corpse and GTFO because conservatives who are still living are tired of listening to them aiding the enemy.
“the nation has sunk — or been plunged — into its darkest economic passage since the Great Depression”
There’s people who still think in terms of “since”? The correct placement of that sentences period is after “passage”
Voter turnout ~51%. Obamunist won 51:49%. Conclusion: elected /favored by ~26% of eligible voters.
I didn’t note the publication date!
Oh...I didn’t notice the date. lol
I picked that excerpt because it shows that the economic argument was and is BS — this op-ed is from 2009! It hadn’t been posted, which is weird.
The core of conservatism is formed by hundreds, in cases thousands of years of human experience.
A false construct like progressivism - a temporary rebellion against normalcy - cannot kill it.
God's law and human nature will re-assert itself.
He can’t run again.
But this op-ed was in reference to the 2008 election, and was written in 2009.
Liars. Liberal projection.
The seed of conservatism isn’t dead. From a tiny seed grows the giant banyan tree.
Hard economic times?
By the time Clinton took office the recession, a very mild on, was already over and a decent recovery already began. 1993 was only hard because of the idiot policies of Clinton and his far Left flirtations with all things Marxist. The best thing that ever happened to him was Republican opposition and their ability to stop the madness. This followed with a Republican majority and Gingrich forcing him to the right.
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