22 January 2009

An Opportunity for Conservatism

This was embedded in a WSJ article by Peter Wehner & Paul Ryan last week. It is key:

Of course, this health-care plan is occurring against our particular fiscal backdrop: Without major reform, our federal entitlement programs will soon double the size of government. The result will be a crushing burden of debt and taxes.

In short, we may be approaching a tipping point for democratic capitalism.

While the scope of the challenge should not be underestimated, those of us worried about this fundamental reorientation of politics and economics have several things working in our favor. Among them is that a public accustomed to iTunes, Facebook, Google, eBay, Amazon and WebMD is not clamoring for centralized, bureaucratic government. The strong American instinct for individual initiative and entrepreneurship remains intact.

In addition, confidence in government -- from Congress to those responsible for oversight of the financial system -- is quite low.

Our sense is that at the moment, the public is not thinking in terms of "big government" or "small government." Instead, Americans want efficient government -- one that is modern, responsive and adaptive. People want government to act as a fair referee, providing guardrails that allow individuals to rise without intrusively dictating individual decisions.

If conservatives hope to win converts to our cause, we need to understand this new moment and put forward an agenda that reforms key institutions in a way that advances individual freedom, without creating an unacceptable level of insecurity.

I really hope that the people who wrongly thought that the path to John McCain's victory lay in being more populist than Obama are listening ...

1 comment:

Exodio said...

Again, I don't think that McCain's message was what killed him in the election. America is tired of the secretive, warmongering Neocon Right who essentially stole McCain's campaign and ran it in their typical way - hateful, fearful and pandering to the extreme religious right.

Having the very people who ran Bush in office again wouldn't have changed anything. The government would still be telling it's citizens to be fearful, and continued to take everything it could from us - our freedom, our privacy, our capitalistic system.

You yourself are talking about the nationalization of the banks. This is a great article that talks about true conservatism, which I am a big proponent of. You just have to look behind the sham set up by the Neocons to see that they don't believe in smaller, more responsible government. They want a government strong enough to dominate the world, and our citizens right along with it.

Doesn't sound like smaller government to me.