Thanks to Steam for this pointer.
The November 8th, 2004 issue of The American Conservative, a magazine that has as an editor the likes of Pat Buchanon, is publishing commentary stating the positions of the staff on the upcoming election. Normally, this would be a no-brainer.
But not this year.
Scott McConnell writes that he is supporting… John Kerry. And his reasons for doing so are well reasoned and accurate, without a hint of radicalism and groupthink that is so rampant in political publications. An excerpt from his letter:
Bush has behaved like a caricature of what a right-wing president is supposed to be, and his continuation in office will discredit any sort of conservatism for generations. The launching of an invasion against a country that posed no threat to the U.S., the doling out of war profits and concessions to politically favored corporations, the financing of the war by ballooning the deficit to be passed on to the nations children, the ceaseless drive to cut taxes for those outside the middle class and working poor: it is as if Bush sought to resurrect every false 1960s-era left-wing cliché about predatory imperialism and turn it into administration policy
This is not what I expected to hear from a newspaper targeting the conservative public, but the magazines Mission Statement makes it clear they are not with the hawks that have taken over the executive branch:
We believe conservatism to be the most natural political tendency, rooted in mans taste for the familiar, for family, for faith in God. We believe that true conservatism has a predisposition for the institutions and mores that exist. So much of what passes for contemporary conservatism is wedded to a kind of radicalismfantasies of global hegemony, the hubristic notion of America as a universal nation for all the worlds peoples, a hyperglobal economy. In combination with an increasingly unveiled contempt for Americas long-standing allies, this is more a recipe for disaster.
Against it, we take our stand.
This is a well spoken, well thought out statement. At it’s core, it describes what, to me, really defines conservative thinking. And what, alas, the current administration has left in the dust in it’s pursuit of power and fortune.