Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript – There is an essay at The American Conservative Magazine website.  [mocking] “Mike, you were hard on The American Conservative Magazine yesterday.”  Yeah, well, I was just being honest.  I don’t ask for jingoism from anyone else, so I don’t expect that anyone expects they’re going to get jingoism or Homerism from yours truly.  In any event, The American Conservative Magazine’s Patrick J. Deneen posts what I think is an article -- this is not internet folly, not fantasy, not made up and comprised of a bunch of forwarded, hackneyed emails that aren’t true.  The title of the piece is “What Is an American Conservative?”  That is a great question. Check out today's transcript for the rest...

 

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Mike:  There is an essay at The American Conservative Magazine website.  [mocking] “Mike, you were hard on The American Conservative Magazine yesterday.”  Yeah, well, I was just being honest.  I don’t ask for jingoism from anyone else, so I don’t expect that anyone expects they’re going to get jingoism or Homerism from yours truly.  In any event, The American Conservative Magazine’s Patrick J. Deneen posts what I think is an article -- this is not internet folly, not fantasy, not made up and comprised of a bunch of forwarded, hackneyed emails that aren’t true.  The title of the piece is “What Is an American Conservative?”  That is a great question.  I used to ask the question almost every day here on the show: Exactly what is it you are trying to conserve?  In the past two years, as we’ve made a subtle adjustment in the way that this show is conducted, because I, along with you, continue to learn.  That’s part of the fun of being alive and of having God grant us life and blessings, to continue our learning, continue our education.

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america-secede-or-die-t-shirtAs I continue to learn and read and reflect, the more I read the more I become convinced of what Mr. Deneen writes about: What is the conservative enterprise?  Again, we arrive at the conclusion.  This is an inescapable conclusion, that the conservative enterprise is not by definition nor predominately political, it just simply isn’t.  Yet, over and over and over again, we are told today that all of conservatism is all invested in all politics all the time.  As I continue to ask the question: What exactly has that produced?  How’s that working out for you?  It’s not all about politics and government all the time.  There’s much more to life, or there should be.  Of course, now that government and the State is our God, well, there’s a lot less to the conservative endeavor and to being a conservative than one might think.

What really struck me as I was reading Deneen’s “What Is an American Conservative” post is that he leads off with a book that I have not read but will put on my life about those that were derisively called anti-federalists back in 1787, ’88 and ’89, maybe all the way through the 18th century.  Those that were called anti-federalists were actually the federalists of the day.  They were certainly the republicans of the day.  They were the answer and bulwark against the efforts by the early nationalists (Adams, Hamilton, etc.) were rebuffed.  That was a rampart that was manned and I think defended pretty well; although, the ratifying of the Constitution can be said to have been a defeat for the actual federalists and for republicans.  It’s been a rear guard defensive action ever since.  This is a mixed bag of victories or a mixed bag of positive developments.

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