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Neocons are Republicans? Yeah right!

Posted by Jesse on February 14, 2008

http://www.opinionjournal.com/best/?id=95000514

What happened, Foer argues, is that Kristol and Brooks, along with Marshall Wittmann, who runs the greatness site conservativereform.org, embraced the presidential candidacy of John McCain–a man who personifies the patriotism for which they yearn–and ended up following his lead on policy questions too. Where does that leave them now? Writes Foer:

In Brooks’s view, the national-greatness conservatives should become a Republican version of the New Democrats–a movement to reform the party from within. But New Democrats took over the party in the early ’90s, after it had lost dismally for more than a decade. The GOP, by contrast, controls the presidency, both houses of Congress, and most of the nation’s governors’ mansions; most Republicans don’t see the need to blow it up and start again. That’s why Wittmann is considering a more radical route: the creation of an entirely new political party.

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http://www.reason.com/news/show/34377.html

And therein lies the rub. How you feel about the state of “conservatism,” and of the world, depends on what you want to conserve. Simply conserving free institutions–which define the neutral rules of the game–is not enough for many conservatives, who confuse small government with no government, and neutral government with vice.

Freedom makes them very nervous. “Wishing to be left alone is not a governing doctrine,” wrote William Kristol and David Brooks on this page two weeks ago. They offer their own governing doctrine, “the appeal to American greatness”–a kind of wistful nationalism in search of a big project.

 

Unfortunately, for them the Cold War is over. So what’s a national-greatness government to do? It could go looking for the next war, hope for another Great Depression, or sponsor a trip to Neptune. Or, as we would prefer, it could step back and let the inventiveness, passion, imagination, and technological genius of Americans produce American greatness. Toward that end, government could start exercising some self-restraint: cutting taxes, regulating and spending less, treating its citizens as equals before the law. 

 

 

 

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One Response to “Neocons are Republicans? Yeah right!”

  1. […] Wonkette: The D.C. Gossip wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerpt http://www.opinionjournal.com/best/?id=95000514 What happened, Foer argues, is that Kristol and Brooks, along with Marshall Wittmann, who runs the greatness site conservativereform.org, embraced the presidential candidacy of John McCain–a man who personifies the patriotism for which they yearn–and ended up following his lead on policy questions too. Where does that leave them now? Writes Foer: In Brooks’s view, the national-greatness conservatives should become a Republican version of the […]

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