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“But what is liberty without wisdom, and without virtue? It is the greatest of all possible evils; for it is folly, vice, and madness, without tuition or restraint.” --Edmund Burke

"We shall not grow wiser before we learn that much of what we have done was very foolish."
-- F.A. Hayek

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Survey: Most conservatives place little trust in science

Only a small minority of conservatives now say they place a “great deal” of trust in science, according to a survey published yesterday.

The new result represents a drop of almost 30 percent since the 1970s, according to the study published in the American Sociological Review.

The study says data indicate that the public’s trust in science is largely unchanged since 1974 except among people identifying themselves as conservatives.

Whereas in 1974, 48 percent of conservatives trusted science — about the same share as liberals — the number is now down to 35 percent, a decline of nearly a third in 38 years.

“Conservatives began the period with the highest trust in science, relative to liberals and moderates, and ended the period with the lowest,” Gordon Gauchat, the study’s author, wrote in an abstract. In discussing the survey’s results, he adds: “These results are quite profound, because they imply that conservative discontent with science was not attributable to the uneducated but to rising distrust among educated conservatives.”
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  • Phony solutions for real social ills

    • Social conservatives say they're trying to address the problems of family breakdown, crime and welfare costs, but there's a huge...

    Op Ed Los Angeles Times February 7, 2010
 

CONSERVATIVE THINKERS TOUT THREE INNOVATIVE AND CONTROVERSIAL PROPOSALS

Billboards advertising the importance of marriage. Shifting coverage of the elderly from Medicare to private insurance companies. Big tax cuts specifically for parents. Conservative thinkers are touting those bold ideas and others in journals, op-ed pages and blogs. While the "tea party" movement has dominated public attention, small blocs of Republicans have quietly spent the past year crafting policies on a wide range of issues, looking to build support if the GOP regains control of Congress or the presidency. CONSERVATIVE THINKERS TOUT THREE INNOVATIVE AND CONTROVERSIAL PROPOSALS Washington Post - May 16, 2010


OPINION  New York Times   | May 15, 2010 
Op-Ed Columnist:  Liberals in Limbo 
By CHARLES M. BLOW 
Conservatism is rising, but it will surely fizzle because it is fueled by anger and desperation, not ideas. 


Arise and take our stand for freedom as in the olden time. ~ Winston Churchill Proclaim Liberty throughout All the land unto All the Inhabitants Thereof. ~ Inscription on the Liberty Bell

"Conservatism is the antithesis of the kind of ideological fanaticism that has brought so much horror and destruction to the world. The common sense and common decency of ordinary men and women, working out their own lives in their own way -- this is the heart of American conservatism today. Conservative wisdom and principles are derived from willingness to learn, not just from what is going on now, but from what has happened before." --Ronald Reagan

William F. Buckley Jr. (1925-2008)

“I will not cede more power to the state. I will not willingly cede more power to anyone, not to the state, not to General Motors, not to the CIO. I will hoard my power like a miser, resisting every effort to drain it away from me. I will then use my power, as I see fit. I mean to live my life an obedient man, but obedient to God, subservient to the wisdom of my ancestors; never to the authority of political truths arrived at yesterday at the voting booth. That is a program of sorts, is it not? It is certainly program enough to keep conservatives busy, and Liberals at bay. And the nation free.” —William F. Buckley Jr.

The Mount Vernon Statement, February 17, 2010

The Patriot Post, "The Voice of Constitutional Conservatism":
"Liberals say and do so many nutty things. The Patriot puts them all in a nutshell--easy to crack and fun to read." -- Acton Institute Senior Fellow, Marvin Olasky

 
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                          Mark Alexander, Essay, The Patriot Post, "The Voice of Constitutional Conservatism," January 7, 2010
"All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of superintending providence in our favor. ... Have we now forgotten that powerful Friend? Or do we imagine that we no longer need His assistance? I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth -- that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the Ground without His notice, is it probable that an Empire can rise without his Aid?" --Benjamin Franklin
 


 

"They are not to do anything they please to provide for the general welfare.... [G]iving a distinct and independent power to do any act they please which may be good for the Union, would render all the preceding and subsequent enumerations of power completely useless. It would reduce the whole instrument to a single phrase, that of instituting a Congress with power to do whatever would be for the good of the United States; and as they sole judges of the good or evil, it would be also a power to do whatever evil they please." --Thomas Jefferson


"I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice and let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue!" -- Barry Goldwater

"Whoever could make two ears of corn, or two blades of grass, to grow upon a spot of ground where only one grew before, would … do more essential service to his country, than the whole race of politicians put together."  -- Jonathan Swift

The Fall of Conservatism
by George Packer

“The mania for giving the Government power to meddle with the private affairs of cities or citizens is likely to cause endless trouble, through the rivalry of schools and creeds that are anxious to obtain official recognition, and there is great danger that our people will lose our independence of thought and action which is the cause of much of our greatness, and sink into the helplessness of the Frenchman or German who expects his government to feed him when hungry, clothe him when naked, to prescribe when his child may be born and when he may die, and, in time, to regulate every act of humanity from the cradle to the tomb, including the manner in which he may seek future admission to paradise.” —Mark Twain


 

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"What is conservatism? Is it not adherence to the old and tried, against the new and untried?" -- Abraham Lincoln, February 27, 1860 - Cooper Union Address

"I call my philosophy and approach compassionate conservatism. It is compassionate to actively help our fellow citizens in need. It is conservative to insist on responsibility and results. And with this hopeful approach, we will make a real difference in people's lives."— President George W. Bush, Fact Sheet on Compassionate Conservatism, April 30, 2002

Texas Conservative Coalition

"...there are two profoundly different kinds of conservatives emerging.... What I call “value conservatives” because they believe in what most people think of as the standard conservative values—family, home, faith, hard work, duty, allegiance—dependable human virtues. And... 'flag conservatives,' of whom obviously the present administration would be the perfect example." -- Norman Mailer, writer/author, in "I Am Not for World Empire: A Conversation with Norman Mailer," American Conservative, May 2003


"A conservative is a statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from the liberal, who wishes to replace them with others." -- Ambrose Bierce

"The conservative movement has been hijacked and turned into a globalist, interventionist, open borders ideology, which is not the conservative movement I grew up with" -- Pat Buchanan, New York Times, September 8, 2002. Source: The American Conservative

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John Colapinto, "The Young Hipublicans," New York Times Magazine, May 25, 2003
The America Conservative
"American Conservatism," Wall Street Journal series:
James Q. Wilson, "Family Way," Wall Street Journal, January 7, 2003  

"Conservatism is the antithesis of the kind of ideological fanaticism that has brought so much horror and destruction to the world. The common sense and common decency of ordinary men and women, working out their own lives in their own way -- this is the heart of American conservatism today. Conservative wisdom and principles are derived from willingness to learn, not just from what is going on now, but from what has happened before. The principles of conservatism are sound because they are based on what men and women have discovered through experience in not just one generation or a dozen, but in all the combined experience of mankind. When we conservatives say that we know something about political affairs, and that we know can be stated as principles, we are saying that the principles we hold dear are those that have been found, through experience, to be ultimately beneficial for individuals, for families, for communities and for nations -- found through the often bitter testing of pain, or sacrifice and sorrow." --Ronald Reagan (1977)

The Federalist, The Conservative E-Journal of Record
Views of Conservatism

 John Dean, "What Is Conservatism?" Findlaw.com, December 17, 2004.
John F. Harris, "Truth, Consequences of Kerry's Liberal Label," Washington Post, July 19, 2004.

"The Landscape of American Political Discourse," NOW with Bill Moyers, July 23, 2004:   
 What is Liberalism?
What Is  Conservatism?
What is Compassionate Conservatism?
Sarah Binder, Thomas Mann, Alan Murphy and Paul Sahre, "Where Do They Stand?" New York Times, July 26, 2004
http://www.retrovsmetro.org/

"Think conservatives are mean? No. Turns out we’re just crazy. That, at any rate, seems to be the conclusion of a new study published in the American Psychological Association’s Psychological Bulletin—one that could lead one to believe that conservatives are mentally ill. -- Edwin Feulner, "A Beautiful Mind," Townhall.com, August 8, 2003.

"But it is difficult to take the professors' seriousness seriously when they say, in an essay responding to a critique of their paper, that Ronald Reagan's ``chief accomplishment, in effect, was to roll back both the New Deal and the 1960s.'' His ``accomplishment''? So that is why Social Security and Medicare disappeared." -- George Will, "Conservative Psychosis," Townhall,com, August 10, 2003.

"George W. Bush may be the most conservative person to serve as president since Calvin Coolidge. Yet his presidency is coinciding with, and is in some instances initiating or ratifying, developments disconcerting to four factions within conservatism."
-- George Will, "A Summer of Conservative Discontent," Townhall.com, July 24, 2003.

"When you say 'radical right' today, I think of these moneymaking ventures by fellows like Pat Robertson and others who are trying to take the Republican Party away from the Republican Party and make a religious organization out of it. If that ever happens, kiss politics good-bye."-- Senator Barry Goldwater (R, Arizona), 1964 Republican presidential nominee 
 



 




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RightMarch.com PAC
John Colapinto, "The Young Hipublicans," New York Times Magazine, May 25, 2003
The America Conservative
"American Conservatism," Wall Street Journal series:
James Q. Wilson, "Family Way," Wall Street Journal, January 7, 2003  

"Conservatism is the antithesis of the kind of ideological fanaticism that has brought so much horror and destruction to the world. The common sense and common decency of ordinary men and women, working out their own lives in their own way -- this is the heart of American conservatism today. Conservative wisdom and principles are derived from willingness to learn, not just from what is going on now, but from what has happened before. The principles of conservatism are sound because they are based on what men and women have discovered through experience in not just one generation or a dozen, but in all the combined experience of mankind. When we conservatives say that we know something about political affairs, and that we know can be stated as principles, we are saying that the principles we hold dear are those that have been found, through experience, to be ultimately beneficial for individuals, for families, for communities and for nations -- found through the often bitter testing of pain, or sacrifice and sorrow." --Ronald Reagan (1977)

The Federalist, The Conservative E-Journal of Record
Views of Conservatism

 John Dean, "What Is Conservatism?" Findlaw.com, December 17, 2004.
John F. Harris, "Truth, Consequences of Kerry's Liberal Label," Washington Post, July 19, 2004.

"The Landscape of American Political Discourse," NOW with Bill Moyers, July 23, 2004:   
 What is Liberalism?
What Is  Conservatism?
What is Compassionate Conservatism?
Sarah Binder, Thomas Mann, Alan Murphy and Paul Sahre, "Where Do They Stand?" New York Times, July 26, 2004
http://www.retrovsmetro.org/

"Think conservatives are mean? No. Turns out we’re just crazy. That, at any rate, seems to be the conclusion of a new study published in the American Psychological Association’s Psychological Bulletin—one that could lead one to believe that conservatives are mentally ill. -- Edwin Feulner, "A Beautiful Mind," Townhall.com, August 8, 2003.

"But it is difficult to take the professors' seriousness seriously when they say, in an essay responding to a critique of their paper, that Ronald Reagan's ``chief accomplishment, in effect, was to roll back both the New Deal and the 1960s.'' His ``accomplishment''? So that is why Social Security and Medicare disappeared." -- George Will, "Conservative Psychosis," Townhall,com, August 10, 2003.

"George W. Bush may be the most conservative person to serve as president since Calvin Coolidge. Yet his presidency is coinciding with, and is in some instances initiating or ratifying, developments disconcerting to four factions within conservatism."
-- George Will, "A Summer of Conservative Discontent," Townhall.com, July 24, 2003.

"When you say 'radical right' today, I think of these moneymaking ventures by fellows like Pat Robertson and others who are trying to take the Republican Party away from the Republican Party and make a religious organization out of it. If that ever happens, kiss politics good-bye."-- Senator Barry Goldwater (R, Arizona), 1964 Republican presidential nominee