The New Burkeian

Reflections on the Revolution in Conservatism

Monday, April 10, 2006

Conservative, Not Republican

The New Burkeian is a representation of political ideas, not party ideologies. To be quite frank, if the Libertarian Party ever got their act together, and at least had some semblance of hawkishness, I might vote for them. But alas, the inate weirdness of the Libertarian hierarchy is dooming them to a footnote in American history (if even that).

John Fund, at Opinion Journal, recently lamented the current state of Congressional Republicans. Ever since the Dubai-Ports controversy, I have been skeptical of Congressional Republican intentions. Are these guys just trying to get re-elected? The grass-roots movement of the Republican Party is quickly losing steam. The only solution I foresee is an injection of small government, fiscal conservatives into Congress. Libertarian ideology would suggest that this party could be the answer, but at what expense?

At any rate, conservatives need a new crusade for a simplified tax code and a reduction of the bureaucracy. This is on the Conservative agenda, but is it on the Republican agenda? The centralization of federal power in Washington is clearly a problem. Perhaps, as my grandfather suggested, certain departments should be moved out of the capital. Why shoudn't the Department of Agriculture be centered in the MidWest or the Department of Commerce be centered in California? This could do much to dilute non-elective, bureaucratic power. Maybe the Treasury Department could be centered in New York. Perhaps an Education-Czar should replace the Department of Education. A single-voice for eductional policy could do much for lagging American public schools. And a renewal of debate over a flat-tax should begin. Maybe a consumption-tax would be better.

At any rate, these are questions the Republican Party is no longer seeking solutions for. Maybe a failure at the polls this year (in good old American Democratic fashion) would be good for the Conservative message. It cannot hurt to shake up the government every once in a while. These people do serve us, and not the other way around. And truthfully, without a unifying message, the Democrats could not hold onto power for long as simply an alternative to 'bad' Republicans. And so the New Burkeian proclaims that he is a Conservative (American Idealist Conservative), not a Republican.

If only the Libertarians were not headed by a bunch of loonies . . .

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