Saturday, January 7, 2012

Rick Santorum vs. Constititional Conservatism

The New American's Raven Clabough reminds us that "what Santorum defines as Libertarian is the traditional definition of constitutional conservatism, at least in its original form, before it was usurped by William Buckley and friends and redefined by the neoconservative movement" — Rick Santorum's Take on Libertarianism vs. Conservatism. Said this latter-day Girolamo Savonarola:
    One of the criticisms I make is to what I refer to as more of a Libertarianish right. They have this idea that people should be left alone, be able to do whatever they want to do, government should keep our taxes down and keep our regulations low, that we shouldn’t get involved in the bedroom, we shouldn’t get involved in cultural issues. That is not how traditional conservatives view the world. There is no such society that I am aware of, where we’ve had radical individualism and that it succeeds as a culture.
Real "traditional conservatives" understand, as did The Police, that "there is no political solution."

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Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

No less conservatives than Russell Kirk and Richard M. Weaver would disagree with you here.

January 7, 2012 at 11:13 PM  

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