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Archive for July 31st, 2006

As I sometimes find myself here defending the conservative point of view, it occurs to me that there might be some misunderstanding, especially on the part of those who think "Republican" and "conservative" are synonyms. So, just in case: I’m not a Republican. I’ve never identified myself either officially or philosophically with any political party.

Richard Brookhiser of National Review said something a while back that struck a chord with me. There was some worry going on at the NR blog about what such-and-such would mean to Bush’s poll numbers (or something). Brookhiser threw in two sentences that went something like: "I don’t give a damn about Bush’s numbers. I want the country to be well-governed."

Just so. I don’t give a damn about the Republican Party per se, although I mostly vote for it. Those votes are a means to an end, not an expression of affection or loyalty.

Actually I kind of like Mark Shea‘s nomenclature: the Stupid Party and the Evil Party.

Maclin Horton

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A former Clinton speech-writer likes Crunchy Cons. This links to an excerpt and a link to the whole review. I don’t agree with everything the reviewer says (can’t stand Paul Begala, for instance) but it’s interesting. And of course I have to like the fact that he quotes me (not by name–it’s an odd sensation to be reading along and find yourself thinking "this sounds really familiar").

Also, some stuff I kept meaning to link to last week, but my attention was occupied elsewhere. First read this post, then go to the Crunchy Con main page and search for "TAC"–nope, hang on, Thomas Aquinas College grads, it’s not about your alma mater–you’ll find several very interesting snippets from the current issue, not yet online apparently, of The American Conservative. They’re excerpts from a sort of symposium on the current status of the conservative-liberal divide. Might be enough to get me to search out a copy of the magazine–so far I’ve only read what’s on their web site, and while it’s ok there’s kind of a same-old quality about much of it to anyone who knows much about the current state of things in the conservative movement (if you can call it that anymore).

Maclin Horton

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What Are They Among So Many?

Loaves and fishes, you’ll recall.

Maclin Horton

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