Tuesday, July 11, 2006


Con Job

Why Conservatives can't govern. A great article that crystalizes my thoughts on why Conservative parties make the best opposition, but the worst governments.

Some highlights:

Conservatives, once in office, find themselves under constant pressure from constituents to use government to improve their lives. This puts conservatives in the awkward position of managing government agencies whose missions--indeed, whose very existence--they believe to be illegitimate. Contemporary conservatism is a walking contradiction.

Plus, it reintroduces one of my favourite phrases to describe social conservatives - Paleocons. These folks, like Maurice Vellacott, Cheryl Gallent and Elwin Hermanson, resemble characters out of the Flintstones for their pre-historic beliefs.

Great article

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