Saturday, February 11, 2006

Checking in on the State of Conservatism

They held their annual Conservative Political Action Conference this week.

So let's see what the party of limited governmental power is up to, shall we.

"The conservative movement has a healthy skepticism of governmental power, but at times, unfortunately, that healthy skepticism needs to yield." - Viet Dinh, coauthor of the Patriot Act.

Huh?

Bob Barr, impeachnik of the nineties, rightly argued "Do we truly remain a society that believes that . . . every president must abide by the law of this country? I, as a conservative, say yes. I hope you as conservatives say yes...Are we in danger of putting allegiance to party ahead of allegiance to principle?"

Of course, he was booed loudly and then bitch-slapped by Dark Lord Cheney. One guy in the hall complained, "I can't believe I'm in a conservative hall listening to him say [Bush] is off course trying to defend the United States."

That's the problem, buddy. We have become so enamored of the power we hold that we are willing to sacrifice our principals.

That happens when movements are approaching their end.

I think I'm on the verge becoming a Bobby Barr fan.

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