First Christopher Buckley and now Wick Allison.
THE MORE I LISTEN TO AND READ ABOUT â€œthe most liberal member of the U.S. Senate,â€ the more I like him. Barack Obama strikes a chord with me like no political figure since Ronald Reagan. To explain why, I need to explain why I am a conservative and what it means to me.
Conservatism to me is less a political philosophy than a stance, a recognition of the fallibility of man and of manâ€™s institutions. Conservatives respect the past not for its antiquity but because it represents, as G.K. Chesterton said, the democracy of the dead; it gives the benefit of the doubt to customs and laws tried and tested in the crucible of time. Conservatives are skeptical of abstract theories and utopian schemes, doubtful that government is wiser than its citizens, and always ready to test any political program against actual results. […]
Today it is conservatives, not liberals, who talk with alarming bellicosity about making the world â€œsafe for democracy.â€ It is John McCain who says Americaâ€™s job is to â€œdefeat evil,â€ a theological expansion of the nationâ€™s mission that would make George Washington cough out his wooden teeth. […]
Barack Obama is not my ideal candidate for president. (In fact, I made the maximum donation to John McCain during the primaries, when there was still hope he might come to his senses.) But I now see that Obama is almost the ideal candidate for this moment in American history. I disagree with him on many issues. But those donâ€™t matter as much as what Obama offers, which is a deeply conservative view of the world. Nobody can read Obamaâ€™s books (which, it is worth noting, he wrote himself) or listen to him speak without realizing that this is a thoughtful, pragmatic, and prudent man. It gives me comfort just to think that after eight years of George W. Bush we will have a president who has actually read the Federalist Papers.
And yes Alan, I’m trying to convince you.
How am I doing?