Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America cheer U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley for leading another round of sanctions aimed at North Korea in response to another nuclear test. They also groan as the Democrat running for governor in Virginia implies that voting her him will give kids there a better chance for success and Jim slams any politician who promises that electing them will solve everyone’s problems. And they discuss Jim Carrey’s on-air castigation of New York Fashion Week as meaningless, leading Jim to reveal tales of how the recent National Review cruise shared the ship with a lot of people connected to this superficial event.More
I have come to the conclusion that modern American Conservatism (in its classic, three-stool, Buckley-Regan model) is utopian and not a viable model for governing modern America.
Now, let us not misunderstand one another: I think American Conservatism is the truest and the most correct political philosophy there is; one that — under the right circumstances — best-serves a fallen, sinful, broken, or imperfect world (choose, from among those adjectives, the one that best fits your personal political, philosophical, or religious outlook). To paraphrase the old Churchill saw, it is the best of all the bad options that exist. But it simply will not work in modern America and must be replaced with some sort of pragmatic approach that ameliorates our current problems until a better day appears.More
“I prefer clarity over agreement.” — Dennis Prager
I think it’s safe to assume that all of us here agree that Utopia is impossible. Yet each of the two major caucuses here — call them “traditionally conservative” and “libertarian” as a rough shorthand — often view the other as having a suspiciously Utopian intent.More
President Obama memorably dismissed the idea of American Exceptionalism by claiming all nations are exceptional. His gesture was not convincing. America is not the only nation so inclined, but the list of nations claiming an exceptional destiny are few. A country needs to be geopolitically significant or culturally energetic to claim exceptional status. There is […]
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