GOP Future Bright . . . If We Can Keep It – Townhall.com
March 12, 2014
When asked to relate the results of the Constitutional Convention of 1789 to a citizen as he left Independence Hall, Benjamin Franklin is reported to have replied, “A Republic, if you can keep it.” As the annual Conservative Political Action Conference ended last weekend, one might reply similarly to an observer that the future of the GOP is bright, if we can keep it.
In 1975, Ronald Reagan, not yet one of conservatives’ most beloved presidents, sat down with Reason magazine for an interview about his thoughts on the future direction of the GOP. “The basis of conservatism is a desire for less government interference or less centralized authority or more individual freedom,” Reagan told Reason, “and this is a pretty general description also of what libertarianism is.” Reagan’s words were not meant as a specific defense of libertarianism, but rather as a call to Republicans to keep the door open for libertarian-learning conservatives in the fight against the common enemy — Big Government.
Nanny State Has Become Government’s Default Posture – Townhall.com
March 5, 2014
The origins of the term “Nanny State” can be traced back to British Member of Parliament Ian Macleod, who in 1965 penned a column under the name “Quoodle” for The Spectator. “In my occasional appearances as a poor man’s Peter Simple I fire salvos in the direction of what I call the Nanny State,” wrote Quoodle, before taking shots at various British ministers — in particular the Minister of Transport who recently had proposed a 70-mph speed limit on British motorways. Macleod also awarded medals for “resistance to Nanny” to organizations that objected to the creep of government paternalism.
I have a feeling The Right Honorable Mr. Macleod and I would have gotten along quite well. Continue Reading
Young Conservatives Fuel Optimism in the Liberty Movement – Townhall.com
February 26, 2014
Normally these columns highlight the fact that something bad has occurred in American politics; in recent years, something usually relating to federal spending, privacy, government surveillance, loss of individual liberty, erosion of Second Amendment rights — come to think of it, most everything this Administration does.
This week, however, something’s different. There’s a slight whiff of optimism in the air; not a lot mind you, but enough to justify sitting up and taking notice. After years of being buffeted by government’s relentless drive to increase its own size, scope, cost and power, there is some evidence the tide may be turning; or if not turning, at least beginning to negotiate such a maneuver. Continue Reading