When I became a conservative, Reagan was president and conservatism was optimistic, compassionate, and energetic. Now, I wonder, was *that* an abnormality...did I just happen to come of age during a narrow window of opportunity?
I don’t think conservative *philosophy* is inherently any more kookogenic than progressive ideas, but *institutional* conservatism has clearly divested itself of the mechanisms that used to keep the serious cuckoo cloudlanders at the margins.
“It’s almost as if Trump visited the far corners of the universe to bring together a collection of supervillains.” From my new column —>
How did the GOP go from the Party of Reagan to ... Trump and Omerosa??
Limbaugh was the primary mover of the "Vince Foster was murdered by the Clintons" conspiracy which eventually inspired a House Republican to investigate by shooting watermelons in his backyard so I don't know that this is the strongest argument
"Even if you prefer the implementation of conservative public policy (as I do), on the micro level, who would you trust alone to watch your children? Donald Trump? Rudy? Gorka? Or Barack Obama? I have to say, I’d trust Obama in a minute"
. nails it here and asks some of the same questions I've been asking about the many conspiracy theorists in today's GOP. It's a piece that will speak to the children of the Reagan revolution.
“How many people do you know who have (allegedly) beaten the hell out of two ex-wives? How many people do you know who worked for Russian oligarchs? How many people do you know who have been indicted? Any members of your family own a python jacket?” ⁦
"I have become disenchanted—not with the intellectual philosophy of Edmund Burke or the governing philosophy of Ronald Reagan—but with what passes for conservatism today."
Let's be honest, a Hollywood movie based on the Trump supervillains as described by would be very entertaining. On a serious note this is a good piece about the challenges that the Trump admin poses for the future of the GOP & conservatism.
Great read by - it's past time for conservative thought leaders to call out the grifters and snakes.
via As & I talked about on the podcast yesterday without thoughtful gatekeepers like Bill Buckley on the Right, conspiracy theories & harmful rhetoric that was once on the edge of the GOP is constantly validated with Trump’s help
#WednesdayWisdom asks "Did I Join a Movement That Naturally Attracts Extremists and Kooks?" via
many of the reasons I left the GOP ---> via
“It’s almost as if Trump visited the far corners of the universe to bring together a collection of supervillains.”
Last week’s column (about the team of “supervillains” Trump assembled) seems even more relevant today. via
Does Conservatism Naturally Attract Extremists and Kooks? via
New column —> Does Conservatism Naturally Attract Extremists and Kooks? via
Matt Lewis joins the long list of folks who are ditching today's would-be conservatism. He joins the ranks of Joe Scarborough, Max Boot, etc.