Wednesday, October 15, 2008

A Conservative Speaking the Truth to Republicans

Killer quote from the son of conservative icon William F. Buckley who just left the National Review after endorsing Barack Obama:

While I regret [leaving the conservative National Review], I am not in mourning, for I no longer have any clear idea what, exactly, the modern conservative movement stands for. Eight years of “conservative” government has brought us a doubled national debt, ruinous expansion of entitlement programs, bridges to nowhere, poster boy Jack Abramoff and an ill-premised, ill-waged war conducted by politicians of breathtaking arrogance. As a sideshow, it brought us a truly obscene attempt at federal intervention in the Terry Schiavo case.

So, to paraphrase a real conservative, Ronald Reagan: I haven’t left the Republican Party. It left me.

I stole this post idea from another blog, but I had to include it here as I believe it reflects the experience of millions of voters and, to a large extent, my own (I have also realized that on some substantive issues I am undeniably left of center).

I have tremendous respect for truly conservative political policies and agree with many of them. I remember being excited by the "compassionate conservative" philosophy that George W. Bush campaigned on in 2000 - and it led me to vote for him. But the governance of the last 8 years has been neither compassionate nor conservative.

I can understand why one may not be comfortable (much less excited) voting for a Democrat this year - but I absolutely cannot understand how one can justify voting for a member of the current Republican Party.


James F Barry said...


You might consider sending your readers right to the source of Buckley's viewpoints.

Jared said...

Thanks James - I actually included the link in the first sentence, but it was more or less hidden. Thanks for putting it in your comment.

How are things looking out in CO? Seems like Obama is pulling away there like he is many other places...?

James F Barry said...

Hey Jared, the link I left was the link for the article he writes endorsing Obama. The link you have is the article he writes upon being voted off the island.

Obama is pulling ahead. I can speak for the ground game here in Boulder. It is fierce - a well oiled machine. Now, Boulder is deep blue, no doubt. But they are trying to communicate directly with every voter, and seem to be coming pretty close to meeting their goal. It is going to be a great (less than) 3 weeks.

Any news from southern GOP strongholds that may topple?


James F Barry said...

Even if Buckley is outside the traditional or powerful Republicans. Colin Powell sure is not.