[Home]  [Headlines]  [Latest Articles]  [Latest Comments]  [Post]  [Mail]  [Sign-in]  [Setup]  [Help]  [Register] 

Were putting in a speed lane for immigration hearings

Poll: Strong majority opposes removing Confederate monuments

Dying left ... goes bezerk --- full mau mau !

'Free cruise' robocalls could land you $900

How Can We Learn from the Past If We Erase History?

Antifa Flag Comes Directly From The German Communist Party In 1932

Fox's Shep Smith: We couldn't find a Republican willing to come on and defend Trump

Fox News Host Eboni K. Williams on Receiving Death Threats After Segment Criticizing Trump

Police Won't Say Whether Cops Caught Fabricating Charges Were Disciplined

Speeding is Good for You

Federal managers have some bad news for government workers

Let Ukraine Defend Itself [just don't drag NATO into it]

How The Alt-Right Won The Battle Over Charlottesville

Steve Bannon 'can't get enough' of the 'race-identity politics' of the Left

Current state of affairs

More arrested in toppling of Confederate statue in North Carolina

PayPal is quietly cracking down on white-supremacist accounts

Robert E Lee himself was opposed to Confederate Monuments

Police: Couple exploited Lowe's website glitch for free merchandise

Why The Destruction Of The Durham Confederate Monument Is So Despicable

(Laura) Ingraham on Mob Toppling NC Confederate Statue: How Long Before They Show Up at Monticello, Mt Vernon? Are They Going to Start Burning Books?

President Trump Needs To Stop Breaking The Law Over Obamacare Like Obama Did

THE SENATE AND THE HOUSE ARE FILLED WITH THOSE WHO DO NOT SUPPORT OUR CONSTITUTION. A NATIONAL SHAME!

Trump defiant on Charlottesville unrest: 'Blame on both sides'

Illegal immigrant in Utah who was deported raped 7-year-old girl 'thousands of times,' police say

Rock Legend David Crosby Shuts Down Ted Nugent In Just 7 Words

Toppling of Confederate Statues Accelerates Nationwide

Charlottesville Police Inaction: Part of a Nationwide Development

Atomic Scientists: North Koreas Nuclear Missile Claims Are a Hoax

Leading Celebrities Pushing the Transgender Agenda Onto Children

Al-Qaeda Targets D.C. to Boston Line, Hazmat Cargo Trains in DIY Derailment Guide

North Korea Backs Off Guam Missile-Attack Threat

Exxon Telescreens

That Al Gore climate change sequel is doing about as well as expected

President Trump's Approval Rating Just Hit Another All-Time Low (after he blames whitey for Charlottesville)

Just before the Charlottesville car speeds up, it was hit by some guy with a flag pole

'Guccifer' calls Fox from Romania, says he shouldn't be sent back to U.S.

Woman asks museum to reschedule solar eclipse so her son can watch

H R 3364 - Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act [includes crypto-currency]

TOS doubling-down on the griftathon hysteria

Seniors Becoming Fastest Growing Marijuana Users

AirDropping penis pics is the latest horrifying subway trend

That Chicago soda tax was an even bigger hot mess than predicted

Secessionists push for South to break away from US again

Stunning Body Cam Footage Shows Officer's Life-Threatening Interaction With Criminal

Remember When: Rumsfeld Company Sold Nuclear Weapon Equipment to North Korea

YouTube Begins Purging Alternative Media as the Deep State Marches Toward WW3

Xi to Trump: Show restraint on N. Korea, crisis must have peaceful resolution

Federal Court Rules Citizens Have No Right to Film Politicians & Police in Public

Former Mueller deputy on Trump: 'Government is going to kill this guy'


Status: Not Logged In; Sign In

Opinions/Editorials
See other Opinions/Editorials Articles

Title: Back to Burke
Source: [None]
URL Source: http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/back-to-burke/
Published: May 21, 2012
Author: The Editors
Post Date: 2012-05-21 18:18:23 by We The People
Keywords: None
Views: 661
Comments: 1

burkwe

On the occasion of our revamped website’s debut, we re-present the editorial that accompanied our new print design in September — a restatement of The American Conservative’s principles.

The biggest loss conservatives suffered in recent years was not the election of Barack Obama in 2008 or the defeat of the last Republican Congress in 2006. It wasn’t the passage of the president’s healthcare reform or nearly $1 trillion stimulus package, nor any other legislative setback. Conservatives had already lost something far more basic—their moorings.

Edmund Burke was never more eloquent than when denouncing the Penal Laws that circumscribed the liberties of Ireland’s Catholics. That system, he wrote in 1792, was “as well fitted for the oppression, impoverishment and degradation of a people, and the debasement, in them, of human nature itself, as ever proceeded from the perverted ingenuity of man.” This was Burke’s opinion at a time when Catholics were synonymous with subversion—didn’t they owe highest allegiance to the pope? To fearful Englishmen, “papists” were “the apex of all evil” above “all Pagans, all Mussulmen.”

Burke demanded civil liberty—“a liberal and honourable condition”—for them anyway. He was not oblivious to minority dangers, nor indifferent to public orthodoxy. But who can imagine him alongside such Islam-baiters as Herman Cain or Pamela Geller, shouting about Sharia or boasting of plans to exclude an unpopular minority from public office?

A great imposture has taken place. Whatever else the likes of Cain or Geller may be, if Burke is a conservative, they are not.

What is true for civil liberties applies to foreign policy as well. From John Quincy Adams to Robert A. Taft, American conservatives have been realists, not in the Henry Kissinger sense but in their worldly understanding of the limits of power, both our own and our rivals’.

The ideological intensity of the Cold War muted this tradition. But even then Barry Goldwater fought wasteful Pentagon appropriations, while Ronald Reagan undertook no Mideast nation-building, notwithstanding the murderous bombing of the Marine barracks in Lebanon. What would Goldwater have made of the $388 billion F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program?

The point is not to hold up any of these men, even Burke, as right in all respects. They illustrate rather than define conservative style.

In contrast, the latter-day right possesses what Michel Chevalier called the morale of an army on the march: no time for reflection, no room for dissent, there are liberals to vanquish.

Nine years ago The American Conservative took its stand athwart this mentality. From the beginning, the magazine reclaimed conservatism’s discarded patrimony while reaching out for new ground as well. Within the first three months, thinkers as disparate as diplomatic historian Paul Schroeder and Norman Mailer—a sometime “left conservative”—had graced these pages.

TAC is not libertarian or what was once called “paleoconservative.” It aspires to be conservative as Burke was, broad-minded but firmly rooted, with an emphasis on securing peace and a well-grounded liberty at home. One of our themes has been the local, not as an “-ism” but as the texture and matrix of civil life, urban as well as rural. The recovery of political economy too, in the face of liberal and neoliberal dogmas alike, is part of this. (The muse is Jane Jacobs, not Ayn Rand.)

For over 20 years conservatives have been denied their name and heritage, fobbed off with the counterfeit goods of partisanship and neoconservative ideology. Today the plight of the country is too grave to accept any substitutes; it’s time for conservatives once more to speak in their own voice.

— Ed.

(1 image)

Post Comment   Private Reply   Ignore Thread  


TopPage UpFull ThreadPage DownBottom/Latest

#1. To: All (#0)

For over 20 years conservatives have been denied their name and heritage, fobbed off with the counterfeit goods of partisanship and neoconservative ideology. Today the plight of the country is too grave to accept any substitutes; it’s time for conservatives once more to speak in their own voice.

Good for them. We shall see.

some text

"If men through fear, fraud or mistake, should in terms renounce and give up any essential natural right, the eternal law of reason and the great end of society, would absolutely vacate such renunciation; the right to freedom being the gift of God Almighty, it is not in the power of Man to alienate this gift, and voluntarily become a slave." Samuel Adams, Rights of the Colonists, 1772

We The People  posted on  2012-05-21   18:19:25 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


TopPage UpFull ThreadPage DownBottom/Latest

[Home]  [Headlines]  [Latest Articles]  [Latest Comments]  [Post]  [Mail]  [Sign-in]  [Setup]  [Help]  [Register] 

Please report web page problems, questions and comments to webmaster@libertysflame.com