Friday, November 1, 2013

What Norm Ornstein Ignores

Modern day conservatives tend to ignore half of the 'Whig equasion', an example once again in an interview with Norm Ornstein:
'You wrote recently that congressional Republicans are not conservatives, they are radicals. How do you tell the difference? Is there some dividing line?

I think you’ve got several characteristics here that matter. One is conservatives tend to conserve, they are respectful of institutions and traditions. Radicals just aren’t conserved about those things. You can have very strong views about something but still respect the way the House of Representatives, the three branches of government, the constitutional structure was set up to work. And that involved at its essence, debate and deliberation and finding common ground and compromise.'
A similar focus on institutions in a speech by Dutch MP 'Cabinet Protect Our Institutions Better'. It's the grassroots conservatism that keeps getting ignored. It seems to me that without that, you don't really stand in the 'Common Sense' tradition. People aren't there for the institutions.

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