Success makes men rigid and they tend to exalt stability over all the other virtues tired of the effort of willing they become fanatics about conservatism.
Conservatism is a hard choice for a society that has become accustomed to big government and big entitlements promoted by liberals.
Ostensibly rigorous and realistic contemporary conservatism is an ideology of denial. Its symbol is a smile button.
But like a born actor who only really wants to direct Gingrich has always been unsatisfied with what he's brilliant at. He can't still his hunger to deliver grand pronouncements on life liberalism conservatism religion and whatever else swims into his consciousness.
There is much to dislike about President Obama's approach to the financial crisis. But opposition it seems will have to come from somewhere other than conservatism. The party out of power is also a party out of touch.
I don't really like labels in politics but I will gladly accept the label of conservatism.
Their very conservatism is secondhand and they don't know what they are conserving.
Conservatism has had from its inception vigorously positive intellectually rigorous agenda and thinking. That agenda should have in my three pillars: strengthen the economy strengthen our security and strengthen our families.
Conservatism is not about leaving people behind. Conservatism is about empowering people to catch up to give them the tools at their disposable that make it possible for them to access all the hope all the promise all the opportunity that America offers. And our programs to help them should reflect that.
In the book I define conservatism as I believe it is fit upon four categories of principle: respect for The Constitution respect for life less government and personal responsibility.
Fiscal conservatism is just an easy way to express something that is a bit more difficult which is that the size and scope of government and really the size and scope of politics in our lives has grown uncomfortable unwieldy intrusive and inefficient.
There is nothing wrong with describing Conservatism as protecting the Constitution protecting all things that limit government. Government is the enemy of liberty. Government should be very restrained.
Conservatism discards Prescription shrinks from Principle disavows Progress having rejected all respect for antiquity it offers no redress for the present and makes no preparation for the future.
Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear.
I met the president when he was president-elect at a meeting in Austin. He spoke of his faith. He spoke of his desire for a compassionate conservatism for a faith-based initiative that would do something for poor people.
The future of Conservatism lies in our beliefs and values not by throwing them away. We need to shed associations that bind us to past failures but hold faith with those things that make us Conservatives.
I think experience will teach you a combination of liberalism and conservatism. We have to be progressive and at the same time we have to retain values. We have to hold onto the past as we explore the future.
There is danger in reckless change but greater danger in blind conservatism.
Among the best traitors Ireland has ever had Mother Church ranks at the very top a massive obstacle in the path to equality and freedom. She has been a force for conservatism... to ward off threats to her own security and influence.
All conservatism is based upon the idea that if you leave things alone you leave them as they are. But you do not. If you leave a thing alone you leave it to a torrent of change.