Monday, December 22, 2008

A bad year for conservatism

By Michael J.W. Stickings

It must have been a bad year. How else to explain the fact that Sarah Palin -- "our beauteous Sarah," "our heroic Sarah," as Ann Coulter dubs her -- has been named Human Events' Conservative of the Year?

She was a disaster, was she not? And yet conservatives evidently still love her.

Then again, it's not like she had much in the way of competition.

And it's actually quite amusing to read Coulter's list of Palin's "embarrassing gaffes." No, it's not an exhaustive list, for they would be too exhausting to list.

Beyond that, the rest of her piece is unreadable in that especially Coulterian sort of way:

In time, HUMAN EVENTS' 2008 Conservative of the Year will be ready to be our President and someday can sweep into office and dismantle all the heinous government programs Obama and the Democrats are about to foist on the nation. Who knows? She might even be able to run as the candidate of 'hope' and 'change.'

Um. Yeah. Whatever.


For Palin's interview with HE, see here.

Steve Benen notes one of the funnier bits: Palin claims that "the biggest mistake" of the campaign was not doing -- and not being "allowed to do" -- more media interviews: " But: "Palin seemed to run into trouble when she started doing media interviews."

The more Americans (and the rest of us) got to know her, the more they (and we) disliked her. She and her right-wing admirers still don't get that.

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  • Forget "conservatism," please. It has been Godless and thus irrelevant. As Stonewall Jackson's Chief of Staff R.L. Dabney said of such a humanistic belief more than 100 years ago:

    "[Secular conservatism] is a party which never conserves anything. Its history has been that it demurs to each aggression of the progressive party, and aims to save its credit by a respectable amount of growling, but always acquiesces at last in the innovation. What was the resisted novelty of yesterday is today .one of the accepted principles of conservatism; it is now conservative only in affecting to resist the next innovation, which will tomorrow be forced upon its timidity and will be succeeded by some third revolution; to be denounced and then adopted in its turn. American conservatism is merely the shadow that follows Radicalism as it moves forward towards perdition. It remains behind it, but never retards it, and always advances near its leader. This pretended salt bath utterly lost its savor: wherewith shall it be salted? Its impotency is not hard, indeed, to explain. It .is worthless because it is the conservatism of expediency only, and not of sturdy principle. It intends to risk nothing serious for the sake of the truth."

    Our country is collapsing because we have turned our back on God (Psalm 9:17) and refused to kiss His Son (Psalm 2).

    John Lofton, Editor,
    Recovering Republican

    By Blogger John Lofton, Recovering Republican, at 10:36 PM  

  • On my way to work the other day, I was behind a pickup truck that had a bumper sticker reading: "I believe in Sarah Palin". I almost wrecked my car I was laughing so hard.

    By Blogger Fixer, at 5:58 AM  

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