7/23/2006

William F. Buckley States The Obvious

Liberals of all stripes will no doubt want to trumpet William F. Buckley's recent declaration that President Bush is not a "true conservative." Buckley's disagreements with the president have to do with Bush's "interventionist" foreign policy. The father of the conservative moment also feels that the Iraq War is a failure.

First off, avoiding the obvious semantic red-herrings, Bush is indeed not a true conservative. Much like Ronald Reagan, he is a radical. Reagan came to Washington not to serve the status quo but to change it. Bush has worked under this same modus operandi though more so due to a nudge from history in the form of 9/11. When Bush made his second inaugural speech in 2005 and said "So it is the policy of the United States to seek and support the growth of democratic movements and institutions in every nation and culture, with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world," it was indeed enough to give one pause.

This is strong stuff...this is radical stuff. This is indeed, the most lofty of goals. Many don't have the stomach for it or feel it possible. It may not be possible, but the fight is a noble one and one that must be fought if we are to maintain democracy at home. I respect Buckley's opinion on the matter, but the 20th century stands as a testament to the folly of detente and diplomacy without end. Robert Taft Conservatism is woefully out of date, but many aren't prepared to let it go.