Monday, April 6, 2009

Really-Existing Conservative Temperaments

Conor Friedersdorf wants everyone to know what lies at the chewy center of the practicing conservative:

Those who adopt conservatism as their political philosophy are seeking to distill the wisdom gained by observing humanity’s tumultuous past, reasoning through its lessons, and applying them to the present.
Wise words! What, then, do we make of this instance of unhinged, reckless, history-heedless batshit (flagged down by John Cole) offered by noted conservative Representative Michelle Bachmann?
I believe that there is a very strong chance that we will see that young people will be put into mandatory service. And the real concerns is that there are provisions for what I would call re-education camps for young people, where young people have to go and get trained in a philosophy that the government puts forward and then they have to go to work in some of these politically correct forums.
History gives slight hints -- here and there, discoverable to those who search the past's tumults diligently -- that inflamed rhetoric of this sort engenders "unintended consequences" so bewailed by the conservative temperament.

Let us pause and be thankful for the conservative's tendency to yell "stop!" even when it's unfashionable.

1 comment:

twoblueday said...

Couldn't the "chewy center" you quote from Mr. Friedersdorf equally apply to "liberals," "libertarians," and just about anyone else?

The "chewy center" of conservatism is the naked desire for power, fueled by playing on the deep-seated fears of a pretty dimwitted constituency, with no regard for truth.