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Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript – Here’s the headline from the magazine post: “Why the Tea Party Can’t Govern.”  Here, let me give you the tease, “Something is seriously wrong with conservatism.”  Let me stop right there.  Damn skippy, yeah!  Hello!?  Conservatism is an advertising slogan.  That’s what’s wrong with it.  Anything that becomes an ism, you might say, is probably, going back to Frohnen’s post about “What is this Thing called Virtue?” is something that is not going to produce results that people think it’s going to produce.  Check out today’s transcript for the rest…

 

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Mike:  Daniel McCarthy over at The American Conservative Magazine website, amconmag.com, one post is an essay that is contemporary, meaning based on current events.  Another one, I believe, was in the last print issue of the magazine, and they have now released it so that you can read it in digital or internet format.  This is intriguing.  Here’s the headline from the magazine post: “Why the Tea Party Can’t Govern.”  Here, let me give you the tease, “Something is seriously wrong with conservatism.”  Let me stop right there.  Damn skippy, yeah!  Hello!?  Conservatism is an advertising slogan.  That’s what’s wrong with it.  Anything that becomes an ism, you might say, is probably, going back to Frohnen’s post about “What is this Thing called Virtue?” is something that is not going to produce results that people think it’s going to produce.

Is Davis a Traitor? In Paperback, get it signed by the Editor!
Is Davis a Traitor? In Paperback, get it signed by the Editor!

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Patrick_Henry_American_Statesman_paperback_cover_DETAILSomething is seriously wrong with conservatism. Since Ronald Reagan’s last year in office, Republicans have only twice won a majority of votes cast for president—both times with a George Bush atop the ticket. And neither Bush was a conservative.

For 25 years, something has prevented conservatives from winning the White House and prevented the Republicans who do win from governing as conservatives. What could it be?

The Tea Party has an answer: RINOs—liberal Republicans in Name Only—have sabotaged the right, most recently in October when they collaborated with Democrats to raise the debt ceiling and end the government shutdown. Once RINOs are extinct, true Tea Party conservatives like Ted Cruz will prevail. They will close down the federal bureaucracy and stop Washington from borrowing a penny more until Obamacare is defunded and the welfare state brought to heel. If this is extremism, it’s what Barry Goldwater called extremism in defense of liberty.

But the Tea Party is wrong: this is not extremism in defense of liberty, it’s extremism in defense of failure—the failure of conservatism as it has been defined since the 1970s to become a philosophy of government.

The Tea Party’s critics in the conservative establishment—National Review’s Rich Lowry and Ramesh Ponnuru, for example—are also wrong. They insist that if only conservatives support the “rightwardmost viable candidate,” with an emphasis on “viable,” they may elect another Reagan. This, of course, is what Republican voters did every time between 1988 and 2012, when they nominated two Bushes, Bob Dole, John McCain, and Mitt Romney.

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