and I’ve done a lot of crazy things…
I’m going to recommend you read today’s column by Jay Bookman. I’ll go so far as calling it required reading if you self-identify as either a conservative or a Republican.
I don’t recommend it because I believe he is right, and I don’t agree with many of his premises. But it is a lengthy, detailed, and logically presented criticism of modern “conservatism”.
Conservatism is at a tipping point as its primary vehicle, the Republican Party, has failed it for a generation. Worse, the internal civil war within the Republican Party between various factions who wish to claim the mantle of conservatism and purge all others are waging a scorched earth policy from which we will not quickly recover.
We have allowed conservatism to become a caricature of itself, to the point where it is much more easily defined by its enemies than by its supporters and standard bearers. We are now neither the party, nor the ideology, of Ronald Reagan.
There are many things conservatives need to do differently, but before we can even rationally discuss the options, we must first agree to take the first step. We must admit we have a problem.
We can quibble with Bookman’s words all day long, but if we are to succeed, we must understand this: Bookman’s view, as articulated today, is how a majority of Americans view conservatives.