Where Have All the Conservatives Gone?

by Sal on September 30, 2008

in Economy,Politics

I enjoy reading National Review’s The Corner.  It is a great blog with some great contributors, from K-Lo, to The Great One (Mark Levin).  For the past two days, however, reading some of the contributors on the Corner has gotten my blood boiling.  From Rich Lowry and his friends, to Victor Davis HansonRamesh Ponnuru, Peter Wehner, and Jim Manzi.  Why for one, is everyone assuming that this bill is even good for the economy and will fix the problem?  More than 200 economists, including four Nobel-prize winners, say that this plan is a disaster!  I’m glad there are still some conservatives at National Review who ware willing to take a stand for free market principles, such as Mark Levin, Mark Steyn, Kathryn Jean Lopez (K-Lo), John Hood, and specifically, Andy McCarthy who says it best: 

This was a terrible bill.  To take just a few particulars, why is there no reform of the government interventions that got us to this point in the first place?  Why aren’t Fannie and Freddie being wound down — even after we’ve now had to make explicit the implicit, disastrous government guarantee?  Why is Pelosi saying (as I noted in an earlier post) that the authority in the bill will allow the Treasury Department (perhaps soon an Obama Treasury Department) to take bad debt off the hands of mismanaged state and local governments?

Andy also posted a note from a friend of his on Capital Hill, who was asking Where have all the conservatives gone? 

For the life of me I cannot understand the Corner these days.  I keep wondering where the call to “Stand up and Yell Stop” that Mr. Buckley spoke of has gone.  I keep reading about the irresponsibility of House Republicans, but how is it irresponsible to stand up and say that you think a bill is bad for America?  It is the height of irresponsibility for the Bush administration – and all those doing their bidding – to be screaming “crisis” and scaring the hell out of the American people, holding a shotgun to Congress’ head and then saying “there are NO other options.”

What good is Conservatism if we throw it out the window every time things get a little difficult?  It is feel-good legislation such as this that caused the Great Depression to last for 10 years, and caused Liberalism to take root as a major force in this country.  The general attitude lately seems to be, “Well, Conservatism is all well-and-good, but to solve real crisis situations requires Socialism.”  This is nuts.  If we believe Socialism does not work and fails everywhere it is tried, why are we trying to use it to get us out of this mess, which was caused by socialism to begin with?  I’ve had it with the so-called conservative elite, who feel the real world is more “nuanced” and requires flexibility.  When one begins to compromise principle for the sake of expediency, one loses credibility. 
William F. Buckley must be rolling in his grave. 

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