January 31, 2007

American Conservatism : A View from Across the Pond

Iain Murray of the Competitive Enterprise Institute shares his thoughts on the current state of American Conservatism:

The American conservative movement is fighting back

...The number one lesson, I think, is that American conservatives recognise that their policies and values are validated by the instincts of the American people. When the GOP in Congress strayed too far from those instincts, the American people saw no need to vote for them. Like John Major, the Congressional GOP squandered a reputation for economic competence. Like Major, they were plagued with ethics scandals that the public found tawdry. Major didn't have an unpopular war, but few here believe the Iraq situation swung the people against the Republicans. It amplified the effect, but the root cause of public disaffection was deeper.

Accordingly, pundits like Laura Ingraham and politicians like Rep. Paul Ryan, philosophers like Robert George and superstars like Newt Gingrich all agree that the Republicans have to reconnect to the people, listen to their concerns, and match political actions to the people's values.

By Ragnar Danneskjold, Typical Bitter Gun-Clinger at 03:36 PM | Comments |