Conservatism, except when it is expressed as pure idealism, takes into account reality, and the reality of the situation is that missions abroad to effect regime change in countries without a bill of rights or democratic tradition are terribly arduous. This isn’t to say that the war is wrong, or that history will judge it to be wrong. But it is absolutely to say that conservatism implies a certain submission to reality; and this war has an unrealistic frank and is being conscripted by events. — William F. Buckley, Jr.
So are we there yet? Some thoughts as they occur, probably to be consolidated in an omnibus post. Turn Your Head And Cough, Please We begin where we are. Political science and philosophy lead to the same diagnosis: today’s America is a hybrid demotic-oligarchy. The hybrid qualifier? Existing institutions are deployed as both hammer and [...]
Dean Smith at North Carolina used to run a strategy known as “four corners” to burn up the clock and preserve a lead. The essence was to deny an opponent an opportunity by taking a shot or risk a rebound. The opposing side eventually would have to create a foul in order to force a [...]
Obama can’t get no relief from those mainstream leftist fascists like Frank Rich. The one-time theater critic and rugby scrum pal of Imus et al. has stumbled accidentally on a scandalizing truth: Obama is all air. Is it a fair critique? Certainly his pirouette today on Wall Street bolster’s Rich’s case. The speech offered no [...]
With Rupert’s imminent entry past the shattered Great Gate and on into Minas Tirith, American journalism prepares to endure yet another phase of debasement and looming irrelevancy. The woes of the dead tree business model generally are well known. This blow, however, has the ring of Doom about it as Russell Baker explains: Rupert Murdoch [...]