The New Burkeian

Reflections on the Revolution in Conservatism

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Actionary Policy in Practice

The New Burkeian wishes to praise the Administration's advancement of Actionary ideals, and to further clarify this movement to those in opposition to the promotion of Democracy.

President Bush is sending a very clear message to the people of Lebanon, and to the tyrannical powers that occupy Lebanon. In every appearance the President has called for the Democratic advancement of Lebanon, seperate from the occupying powers. This is Actionary policy in action. The goal of a Democratic world must be the ultimate goal of America. The people of Lebanon are not blind to the power of Democracy and Freedom elsewhere in the Middle East. Diplomatic pressure, as one of the many options in the Actionary arsenal, could be the decisive act by America. It is, at the least, a start. As an editorial from OpinionJournal suggested, "We cannot say whether these measures will suffice to dislodge Syria from Lebanon, but at least they're a start. What we can say is that if there was ever a moment to make an ally of the Lebanese people in their quest for freedom, this is it."

Russia is another area where the President has presented the Actionary cause. As a state with a Constitution and some semblance of a Democratic government, Russia has a right to determine Her own path towards a stronger Democracy. In questioning recent exercises in authority by Mr. Putin, the President has simply stated ideals that Democracy are expected to uphold universally. While American culture would surely not uphold the Russian style of Democracy, it is not necessary to condemn Mr. Putin. As Actionaries, we must simply lay everything out on the table. As I have stated before, there are no ulterior motives to Actionary policy. This is what President Bush has done regarding Russia.

We must also remember that the development of civil societies is an ongoing process within Democracy. America did not achieve our current status as a civil society overnight. American civil society has experienced 250 years of development. We must remember that Russian civil society is bearly a decade in development. Consider Mr. Gvosdev's article at the NationalReview:

For the last five years, I've felt Russia is best understood in terms of "managed pluralism" — a system which mixes democratic and authoritarian features, where zones of relative freedom uneasily coexist with areas where the regime exercises more control. Some of my colleagues believe that "managed pluralism" is but a fancy name for soft authoritarianism, a criticism I admit has some merit. But no matter what, it is a far cry from any sort of return to Stalinism.

Those who wish for immediate results will not get them. The complexities of Democracy are real, but this does not make Democracy unachievable in any sense. Actionaries are far-seeing, though. We understand the power of Freedom to transform the world. We believe in the truth of Democracy. And opponents to Actionary policy still do not understand this.

I am still amazed at opponents to the Administration that exist within American conservatism. They cannot see the link between American security and the promotion of Democracy. In a recent article by Patrick J. Buchanon at the AmericanConservative, the Administration's recent adherence to Actionary policy has been labeled 'Anti-Conservative'.

America “goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy,” said John Quincy Adams, “She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own.” Under the tutelage of Jacobins who call themselves idealists, Bush has repudiated this wise core doctrine of U.S. foreign policy to embrace Wilsonian interventionism in the internal affairs of every autocratic regime on earth. We are going to democratize the world and abolish tyranny.

American conservatism has never been as stagnant as Mr. Buchanon would portray. American conservativism has always contained an element of idealism that has distinguished America in the Democratic world. This is why we should be leaders in the development and promotion of Democracy. This is why American conservatives should no longer adhere to traditional 'reaction'. We cannot uphold our principles by hiding behind our shores. As I have stated before, the Phoenix of American idealism must arise from the ashes of traditional reaction. And this is not neo-con in nature, as Mr. Buchanon would suggest. Neo-cons place limits on the exercise of American power in the promotion of Democracy. Actionaries do not.

I would also suggest that the American electorate does not believe in that limit, either. How else could the Presidency be held by an Actionary?

Thursday, February 17, 2005

Lebanon II

The New Burkeian continues to find evidence for the need to intervene in Lebanon.

Ali reflected on his original assessment of the Syrian occupation of Lebanon:

It'll be interesting to watch how the Syrian dictator and his gang that had put him in power are going to respond to the mounting pressure and if they would resort to any logic and withdraw from Lebanon, but my experience with their twin party here in Iraq makes me believe that they learned nothing from Saddam's lesson and that they will do exactly the opposite and further tighten the rope on their neck with every single move.

Pressure should continue to be placed on the regime controlling Syria. And the fact that Syria has alligned itself with Iran will only make the situation easier. I do not believe the segment of the Iranian population fighting for Democratic reforms would support armed conflict with the Coalition of Democracies putting pressure on Syria, through Lebanon.

Fouad Ajami, a professor at Johns Hopkins, further explains the importance of American Actionary policy in Lebanon, at OpinionJournal:

Lebanon (my birthplace, I should add) may never have been as pretty as its tales. It may never have been the "Paris of the Mediterranean," and its modernism may have been skin-deep at times. But it was and remains a vibrant Arab country of open ways, a place for refugees and dissidents, a country where Arab modernity made a stand, and where Christians and Muslims built a culture of relative compromise.

There is talk nowadays of spreading liberty to Arab lands, changing the ways of the Arabs, putting an end to regimes that harbor terror. The restoration of Lebanon's sovereignty ought to be one way for the Arabs to break with the culture of dictators and police states, and with the time of the car bombs. Hariri sought for his country a businessman's peace. His way was a break with the politics of charisma and ideology that has wrecked the Arab world; he believed in philanthropy and practical work. His vision may not have been stirring. But there was dignity in it, and a reprieve from the time of darkness.

Lebanon is an appropriate target for the WoT, and the promotion of Democracy. And we have numerous tools at our disposal to achieve that goal. Hopefully, President Bush's trip to Europe can persuade the European Democracies of their importance in the WoT. As I have stated before, America does need allies in the promotion of Democracy. With European help, we could possibly put enough diplomatic pressure on Syria and Iran to exact change from within.

Another importan element about the situation in Lebanon is the fact that this is where a lot of American policy went wrong during the Cold War, in the Middle East. Actionary policy aspires to 'make right' what America was forced to do wrong during the fight against communism. Even some liberals can understand this. Consider A. Brown from wonktron5000:

Lebanon has been a key regional player for some time. It was in this area that America and France had a base of operations to project their power into the Ottoman Empire. It was in Lebanon that political-Islam was first advanced as a revolutionary doctrine and it was in Lebanon that suicide bombing first became popular in the Middle East. However, Lebanon was also the first Middle Eastern state to fully embrace democracy and the free-market and, in-between civil war, Lebanon was the only true multicultural state in the region.

American idealism, Actionary policy, can foster the rebirth of the Phoenix of Democracy in Lebanon. The Administration's rhetoric seems positive in this respect. The reasons exist for intervention in Lebanon. I only hope Actionary policy prevails.

Tuesday, February 15, 2005


The New Burkeian has become aware of some considerable events.

As I suggested a month ago, Lebanon seemed to be the next plausible target for the WoT. Iraqi blogger Ali, from FreeIraqi, presented a valid case for targeting Lebanon as the next country in the promotion of Democracy.

First let me present the reasons why. As Ali suggested, focusing attention on Syrian occupation, along with the presence of terrorist organization Hezbollah, could strain the international terrorist infrastructure. Attention would stray from Iraq, allowing the newly forming Iraqi army and police force to deal with the smaller local insurgency. That would allow Iraqis to build up their own infrastructure, in order to better aid the side of Democracy in the WoT. If American attention is focused on Lebanon as a haven for terrorism and tyranny, we can help the growing coalition of Democracies in the Middle East.

Lebanon would be a stepping stone to Syria and Iran, as well. Pressure on Syria to remove their presence would certainly expose terrorist elements the regime supports. And Hezbollah is essentially an Iranian agent acting abroad. Adding another Democracy to the growing list of free-societies, would definitely put pressure on all fear-societies that exist within the Middle East, and around the world. The willingness to actually promote Democracy allows these regimes of tyranny to witness our fortitude.

Michael Ledeen recently wrote an article about the Democratic revolutions taking place around the world. He understands the need for an Actionary policy in the Middle East.

It would be an error of enormous proportions if, on the verge of a revolutionary transformation of the Middle East, we backed away from this historic mission. It would be doubly tragic if we did it because of one of two possible failures of vision: insisting on focusing on Iraq alone, and viewing military power as the prime element in our revolutionary strategy. Revolution often comes from the barrel of a gun, but not always. Having demonstrated our military might, we must now employ our political artillery against the surviving terror masters. The great political battlefield in the Middle East is, as it has been all along, Iran, the mother of modern terrorism, the creator of Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad, and the prime mover of Hamas. When the murderous mullahs fall in Tehran, the terror network will splinter into its component parts, and the jihadist doctrine will be exposed as the embodiment of failed lies and misguided messianism.

Understand that the application of American force may not be necessary. As Actionaries, we have many tools at our disposal to present the truth of Democracy. Some diplomatic pressure may be all that is necessary. American troop presence has to be a consideration, though. Just because we wish for a legitimate transformation towards Democracy does not mean we are not willing to back our ideals.

Victor Davis Hanson recently presented an argument supporting the promotion of Democracy in the Middle East.

Yet for all its uncertainties and dangers in the Islamic Arab world, there remain some undeniable facts about democracy across time and space that suggest with effort and sacrifice it can both work in the Middle East and will be in the long-term security interests of the United States.

Mr. Hanson makes an excellent point, but let me extend it. Promoting Democracy is the right thing to do. It is the best system for the maintenance of free-societies. We also cannot fall into neocon perspective. Remember that security and Democracy are inherently linked. The promotion of Democracy is the extension of our security. This is fundamental to the Actionary cause, and though Mr. Hanson still uses the word neocon in relation to these ideals, I insist he means Actionaries.

At any rate, Lebanon should be a serious consideration in the WoT. We must not stray from the promotion of Democracy because that is ultimately our goal. There is much that can be done to help the Lebanese in their quest from the tyranny of Syrian occupation and the presence of terrorist organization Hezbollah.

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Some R&R

The New Burkeian must admit that the last couple of weeks have worn him out.

I have written my passion for Actionary policy on these pages. I am still passionate about the future of this idealist American conservative movement afoot. Debates over these topics have been quite prevalent in the past few weeks, since the inauguration.

I encourage anyone that should come across my site to peruse some of my archives for a better explanation of Actionaries. I thought I was inventing a movement, only to find that I was describing a movement. What I saw, from the pre-election buzz to the State of the Union, was the transformation of the American electorate, and the national interest in general, into a passionate and compassionate American ideal.

The debate goes on, though. Check out the major links on my sidebar. RealClearPolitics has tons of commentary on the emerging principles of this Administration, and America in general. And be sure to check out NationalReview frequently for Victor Davis Hanson's columns. Just remember that the commentary often mistakes the President's policies for neo-con policies. I believe the President is an Actionary. Neo-cons uphold the status quo of the international system, for the most part, in the name of selfish interests. President Bush seeks positive change in the name of Freedom and Democracy.

And if you truly want to experience the power of the Actionary cause, read the IraqiBlogs. I am overwhelmed by the energy Iraqis have thrown into establishing their Democracy.

But if you truly wish to understand all of this, read Natan Sharansky's "The Case for Democracy". Everyone around the President has read this book, and if you listen closely, you can hear that influence even in Secretary Rumsfeld's rhetoric.

Thursday, February 03, 2005

The Actionary

The New Burkeian strives to be an Actionary, in word and deed. President Bush is an Actionary. Whatever the critics say, the man is Truth.

Consider Diogenes' response:

And then the embrace between Janet Norwood and the Iraqi woman. More tears - and I don't often cry. My fiancee liked it - but now I look back and wonder if there
is anyone who loves freedom who can't smile at that moment.
I must admit, I teared up at that moment, too. That embrace, and the applause that surrounded it, embodies the mission of the Actionary cause, and what it can achieve. Being an Actionary is more than being an American conservative idealist. It is about compassion for our fellow man, and the understanding of the capability of man to achieve Good.

Let me attempt to highlight some of the Actionary ideals the President intends to achieve. I have stated before the importance for reform in our federal structure. Government is responsible to the people, not for the people. President Bush suggested some reforms for the 21st century that would eliminate government programs that are wasteful, and some reforms that would empower individuals to have more control over their own lives. At the same time, he understands the need for government programs that enable an equality of opportunity for those still in need. As we become a nation of better educated citizens, our government can better serve our national interests. The New Deal and the Great Society have served their interests, so let us move on to 21st century solutions in the on-going experiment of Democracy.

Social Security reform needs to accomplished today. There has got to be a way to protect the interests of our elders, while reforming the system for those of us that have years until retirement. Liberals cannot keep dragging their feet, regardless of whether the crisis will be 15 years from now, or 50 years from now. 21st century solutions for 21st century issues. And as the President mentioned so clearly, why should our federal employees have the option of personal accounts, and the American public be denied those same rights? Surely the federal bureaucracy would not participate in such a program if it did not work.

After reforms have been agreed upon, Tax Reform is essential. And simplification of the tax code can only enhance the efficiency of the federal bureaucracy. If the Democrats drag their feet on this issue, expect Americans to overwhelmingly vote them out of office.

In fact, if liberals truly believe in the whole concept of an activist judiciary, then surely they can understand that outdated systems, intended for the 20th century, need a change. It is because they have become the reactionaries, as the New Burkeian suggested months ago. They do not want reform. They want to wait for the crisis before they act. The American conservative can no longer assume the trappings of traditional conservatism. This is why the New Burkeian strives to be an Actionary. This is why President Bush is an Actionary.

But domestic reform is not the only front our President wishes to tackle. The battle of free-societies versus fear-societies must continue through the generations. Only a world encompassed by Freedom can spell the end to the War on Terror. And we cannot be the Nation of our Forefathers' ideals unless we stand up for Freedom, as Americans.

The only timetable for withdrawal from Iraq is a Democratic Iraq, that can defend its Liberty. Only a fool would ask for anything more. That would be the measure of American success, Iraqi success, and Freedom's success.

President Bush did a fantastic job of identifying 'questionable' allies, while holding them accountable for internal Freedom. He identified Pakistan and Saudi Arabia as friends in the War on Terror, while he also held them accountable to their own people. He also suggested that the leadership Egypt showed in reconciliation with Israel, could be continued through an Egyptian push for Democracy. As an Actionary, one must understand that their is more than one way to achieve results in the ongoing fight for Freedom.

However, there are some areas where American diplomacy may need the backing of force. Syria must leave Lebanon. Hezbollah must leave Lebanon. Syria must begin to fight terror, and begin the process towards Freedom. Iran must respect the rights of its people, and end its quest towards nuclear power. If diplomacy fails, expect American force. That is the bottom line.

As far as North Korea is concerned, we have given the initiative to China, Japan, and Russia. Let them show us their ability to be partners in the War on Terror. We will respect them for their accomplishments as great nations of the world. And we expect them to continue thier own quests towards Freedom and Democracy.

As President Bush stated, we will not force our values in Democracy upon other cultures. However, the ideals of Freedom and Democracy are universal, because they empower people to create governments that are responsible to them, instead of for them.

The New Burkeian can only assume that ideals espoused in the President's inaugural, and reiterated in the State of the Union, are ideals that President intends to uphold. As I have suggested before, these are the ideals the American electorate voted for. If the Administration pursues these ideals to the fullest, no amount of liberal, or neo-con opposition, can stop the Actionary cause.

Thank you Mr. President. You are a force for Good. You are an exemplary person. You are an Actionary.

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

The Voices of Freedom

The New Burkeian could sit here for days and write about the success of Iraqi Elections. You do not have to take my word for it, though.

Listen to Ali from Free Iraqi:

Millions of Iraqis have put all the doom and gloom people to shame and silence through acts of bravery not words. Some of those still don't seem to have changed their minds, but if such a great victory does not get to them then I guess nothing will. So I'll move on together with all Iraqis and look for the future with more courage and an optimism that is much more founded than any of their "smart pessimism".

Listen to Husayn from Democracy in Iraq:

After being unable to stop our elections, the cavemen are now whining and screaming, and telling us they are going to pursue a holy war against us! The election was not only a triumph for our freedom, for our rebirth, but it was a nail in the coffin of Al-Qaeda. They had tried hard to stop us, to scare us, and to convince non-Iraqis that the election would be a failure...but we proved them wrong.

Listen to Ibn from Ibn al-Rafidain:

Each one voted was proud to show his/her index finger. For me I wanted to scream in the streets (I'm free).

Listen to Rose in Diary from Baghdad:

YES,YES, I did it. I have the courage to do it.

Listen to Alaa from The Mesopatamian:

My condolences to the Great American people for the tragic recent losses of soldiers. The blood of Iraqis and Americans is being shed on the soil of Mesopotamia; a baptism with blood. A baptism of a lasting friendship and alliance, for many years to come, through thick and thin, we shall never forget the brave soldiers fallen while defending our freedom and future.

These are the "Voices of Freedom".