Thursday, August 23, 2012

Quotation Of The Day: I Must Be A Traditional Conservative Edition

Writing at The American Conservative, Daniel Larison rejects the idea that conservatives merely desire to preserve the status quo.
Preserving the status quo would mean rejecting all of the following things: breaking up the banks, significantly scaling back the warfare state, reducing overseas commitments and deployments, curtailing the power of the executive branch, and practicing fiscal responsibility in budgeting. That is far from an exhaustive list. Most or all of these are among the more important priorities for many traditional conservatives. Judging by what he has done, Obama doesn’t support doing any of these things. (A lot of self-described conservatives don’t support any of these things, either.) Like a lot of “centrists,” Obama has accommodated existing powerful interests in domestic and foreign policy. That doesn’t make him a conservative. It just makes him a conventional center-left Democrat.[italics in original]
I support "breaking up the banks, significantly scaling back the warfare state, reducing overseas commitments and deployments, curtailing the power of the executive branch, and practicing fiscal responsibility in budgeting." South Dakota is allegedly a conservative state. but I can find few South Dakotans who agree with me that the first four of the issues that Larison lists should be priorities. I must be more traditional that most of South Dakota's conservatives.

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