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Wednesday, December 14, 2005

The 95 Theses

Jonah Goldberg rocks. And this piece is right on (mainly because it's what I've been saying for years). In some sense the conservative movement has lost its way.


Whatever you think of Goldberg's views as a matter of policy, I think you have say his jurisprudence is akin to that of someone like Brennan, only in service of Goldberg's own conservative political aims. I'm not saying this approach is wrong, it's just that it strikes me as atypical.

Moreover, since Jefferson lived in France from 1784 to 1789, I think it's interesting that he cites a Jefferson quote on the meaning of the Constitution, which was written in 1787. (However, I don't doubt he can come up with other examples for the same proposition.)
I'm not saying he's a great legal mind, (although I think Jefferson did have a big indirect impact on the constitution based on his work on the Declaration of Independence). However, I think the point is that conservatives, especially in office, have gone away from their small government roots, and have accepted tax cutting as a substitute for government cutting. The democrats are right on some points. Some deficits can be cut by tax cuts, but not ones as large as we're running. So it's time for the Republicans to be conservative, and cut the size of government. Instead, they've increased it through military programs (which I don't mind so much), the BHS (which I don't like), and all their ill advised domestic programs on education, prescription drugs, etc. That was the point of the article, I think, and that's what conservatives need to get back to.
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