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Posted on 05/18/2014 4:23:44 PM PDT by Dqban22
PROFILES IN COURAGE
May 26, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 35
Two emails recently showed up, one right after the other, in my inbox. The first was a mass mailing from Ron Paul (my inbox is a big tent!). Its subject line: The IRS asked for a fight. How about a revolution? The second was a review by Peter Berkowitz of the recently reissued book by Roger Scruton, The Meaning of Conservatism.
One couldnt help but be struck by the contrast between these missives from different precincts of conservatism. Pauls spirited fundraising letter is, to say the least, a call to arms. Berkowitzs thoughtful essay, A Conservatives Case for Moderation, argues that conservatives need to exercise political moderation in its highest form. So, whats it to be for American conservatives today? The spirit of revolution, or the virtue of moderation?
Our conservatism is generally closer to that of Berkowitz than that of Paul. Were sympathetic to Berkowitzs worry that, Driven by the fear that every political compromise brings the country one step closer to the defeat of the idea of limited constitutional government at home and the ruinous erosion of Americas ability to defend herself abroad, conservatives have taken to equating political moderation with capitulation. We second his warning against so simplistic an equation, and we appreciate his reminder that moderation really is, generally speaking, both a moral virtue and a political necessity.
Furthermore, as Berkowitz points out, moderation plays a crucial role in satisfying the persistent need [for conservatives] to reach accommodations among themselves. More broadly, Berkowitz is right to remind conservatives of the need for an appreciation of the complexities, trade-offs, and roads not taken involved in the American constitutional traditions paradoxical commitment to conserving liberty.
But given the parlous state of the country, isnt there something to be said for a dollopmaybe a soupçon, or even just a dropof immoderation? We look around at Obamas America. We see unmitigated weakness abroad, unprecedented nanny statism at home, and unimpeded assaults on free speech at universities. Its hard to avoid the sense that were reaching a tipping point in the age-old struggle between decency and decadence, and between manly independence and importuning dependency.
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Moderation is not a political necessity to democrats,
they seem to ignore any resemblence to it unless
it comes from the other side, no wonder we hear calls
for it constantly.
When parties involved want radically different outcomes, and one side continuously employs salami tactics, moderation is no longer an productive option.
My big brother used to work for Dancer,Fitzgerald,Sample.This is the advertising firm that came up with Toyota’s”You Asked For It;You Got It”ad slogan.His firm (also)came up with(no pun intended)”Where’s The Beef”? for Burger King.These WORK For Me!!By the way,Toyota just moved it’s US Headquarters from Torrance <Calif. to TEXAS!!I couldn’t guess why????
Scruton is a conservative?