Sunday, July 20, 2008

If the Flip-Flop Fits

From an article on the future of conservativism in today's Times:

For others, however, the nub of the problem is not deviance from the 1980s agenda but worshipful adherence to it. Mr. [David] Frum [of the conservative think tank, the American Enterprise Institute] is one of those who has undergone a conversion (or two). His book “Dead Right,” published in 1994, was a brisk catalog of Reagan’s failures (especially his failure to reduce the size of government). Then, after writing speeches for President Bush, Mr. Frum wrote “The Right Man,” in which he characterized President Bush’s leadership as “nothing short of superb.” But in his newest book, “Comeback: Conservatism That Can Win Again,” Mr. Frum confesses that his former boss has “led his party to the brink of disaster.”

How can you not admire a man with such steadfast adherence to his principles? Actually, in reading the article further, he has come around to several points regarding taxation and the role of government in society that I agree with whole-heartedly. So I say, "Kudos to you, Mr. Frum, for finally realizing that it doesn't matter how much we enrich ourselves if we're bankrupting the rest of the country!"

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