For a thought-provoking piece on conservatism, one would do well to read tomorrow’s opinion piece by Stephen Hayward in the WaPo. The author takes conservatives to task for, well, not being Bill Buckley (among other things):
Consider the “tea party” phenomenon. Though authentic and laudatory, it is unfocused, lacking the connection to a concrete ideology that characterized the tax revolt of the 1970s, which was joined at the hip with insurgent supply-side economics.
In defense of the “tea partyers,” it is more difficult for a defense to be focused when one is being attacked from every point of the compass. I found the following perhaps the most incisive statement in the mix:
Others among the right’s leading talkers, such as Sean Hannity, seem unremittingly angry and too reflexively partisan on behalf of the Republican Party rather than the conservative movement (they are not the same thing).
Of course, it is hardly difficult for me to see the truth in a statement that says conservatism and Republicanism are not two names for the same thing. Part of the reason I’m an independent is that I believe Republicanism (as practiced by elected persons who claim that title) has nearly as much to do with conservatism on non-election years as does the opposition.
Go ahead and read the whole piece and consider what we might be doing well or doing better.