Sorry, But Conservatism Isn’t Dead Just Yet

David Harsanyi, The Federalist

Every time someone tells us that conservatism is in its death throes, conservatism makes a miraculous comeback. Sometimes we see idealistic iteration and sometimes we see a more severe one. Some of us like to think these outbursts are driven by a constitutional idealism embedded in the DNA of American life. But maybe it’s simply the way our pluralistic system organically balances the concerns of two groups. Either way, heralding the demise of the group marginally holding back runaway government is, as always, premature.

Visionary Conservative Jeff Bell Remembered

Jeff Bell’s two most notable books, The Case for Polarized Politics and Populism and Elitism are must-read resources for anyone wishing to understand the conservative – populist politics that gave rise to the election of Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump. There could be no better memorial to Jeff Bell than to read his books and build upon his ideas.

The Bill vs. Tucker Cage Match

Those of us who have known and worked with Bill Kristol have been stunned by his behavior since Donald Trump cinched the Republican nomination for President. In an interview with CNBC’s John Harwood, Kristol launched at Fox News’ Tucker Carlson his latest, and perhaps most vicious assault against those advocating a conservative – populist philosophy and agenda.

Are Conservatives Really Just Liberals?

Elliot Kaufman, National Review

It wound be un-conservative for Americans to abandon liberalism, just as it would be un-conservative to give in too fully to the liberal temptation. We don’t need a Liberal Party — or an Illiberal Party either, for that matter. Both are hasty attempts to “rebrand” the movement in response to the election of President Trump. Instead let us focus our conservatism. It should cherish the spirit of liberty while defending the goods that come before and sustain it.

American Conservatism, 1945–2017

Matthew Continetti, National Review

Social conditions and individual personalities seem to matter just as much, if not more than, the ideas of intellectuals. Infighting, dogmatism, cliché, conspiracy theories, animosity, confusion, and the absence of authority may characterize the present moment, but one of the lessons of studying conservatism is that the present moment will change. This change will arrive suddenly. Rapidly. And from a direction no one expects.

Roger Ailes' Exit, Stage Right

R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr., The American Spectator

Broadcasting will never be the same after Roger Ailes, the begetter of Fox News on cable, died last week. He alone made it happen. He challenged the Kultursmog. He won. He beat it night after night, day after day, and now others networks are rising to challenge the dispensers of the smog.

Conservatives must remember conservatism

Editors, Washington Examiner

Battling the Left is necessary work for conservatism, but it can't become its heart. The appeal of celebrities willing to tear mercilessly into the Left is clear, but also dangerous, especially as some of those chosen to do so never bothered to ground themselves in real conservatism. If conservatism defines itself mainly as being against the Left, if it pulls up its philosophical roots and does not adhere to its real values, it could doom itself to radicalism.

How Populism Can Rejuvenate American Conservatism’s Ideas

Scott Ruesterholz, The Federalist

This fight between the common citizenry and centralized elites of all kinds, whether they be in government, media, or business, has been the defining battle of the republic. In recent years, many Republicans have been on the wrong side of this fight. With his campaign and worker-oriented policies that meet our present troubles, Trump promises to return power to the average citizen and unleash our ingenuity. He should remind all conservatives just what our movement is all about: the people. We should adapt accordingly.

How Trump can keep winning

W. James Antle III, Washington Examiner

Trump's approach is reminiscent of Pat Buchanan's 1996 advice to the Republican Party: "Marry the growth agenda of Ronald Reagan to the America First philosophy of the four men whose faces are carved on Mount Rushmore — and the future is ours." It is too soon to know what the future holds for Trump, but his sales pitch for the next four years and beyond is already taking shape.

In Defense of Steve Bannon and Relevant Conservatism

Driving Steve Bannon from public life is the endgame of the Left, and some in the Republican establishment, because he’s made conservatism again relevant to the concerns of working America, exposed the lies and smug elitism of the ruling class and in the process built a winning coalition to strip them of power.

Has Trump Found the Formula?

Patrick J. Buchanan,

While making the case for the indictment of Hillary Clinton, Trump also outlined an agenda with appeal not only to nationalists, populists and conservatives but working-class and minority Democrats. Rough and raw as it was in parts, Donald Trump’s speech on Wednesday contains the elements of a campaign that can win.

The Fork in the Road Between Nationalism and Conservatism

Erick Erickson, The Resurgent

There are a lot of nationalists in the GOP convinced they are conservative. But they will pursue policies that show otherwise. Conservatives are going to have to be vocal and vigilant and point out that protectionism fails, unionism decays, and corporatism corrupts.

What is conservatism?

Jay Nordlinger, National Review

“I think that, in the end, there is something that unites all conservatives, which is that they are pursuing something they love. My view is that the Left is united by hatred, but we are united by love: love of our country, love of institutions, love of the law, love of family, and so on. And what makes us conservatives is the desire to protect those things, and we’re up against people who want to destroy them, and it’s very simple.”

How to Control IRS, 'Untouchable' Bureaucrats

Mark J. Fitzgibbons, Washington Examiner

The way to control the epidemic of gov't law-breaking is to allow citizen victims to sue, and legislate personal liability for bureaucrats guilty of willfully illegal conduct. We should initiate legislation and add private remedies to its platform. Bureaucrats must face the consequences.

The 'Almost Exclusively White Phenomenon' of Conservatism

John Bennett, American Thinker

The majority will bear the elite-imposed costs of racial inequality. We have a choice: limit immigration & slowly grapple with the huge challenges we already face, or pass amnesty and recklessly hasten America’s “transformation into two peoples with two cultures."

11 Principles of a Reagan Conservative

Jeffrey Lord, American Spectator

"I have seen the conservative future and it works…Our task is not to sell a philosophy, but to make the majority of Americans, who already share that philosophy, see that modern conservatism offers them a political home." Reagan was right.

Who, Aside From Obama, Was the Biggest Winner of 2013?

Did conservatives win by losing in 2013, or were the fights over funding ObamaCare, spending and the debt ceiling the devastating conservative losses the media and establishment Republicans say they were? Take our Biggest Winner of 2013 Poll now.

Opposing Liberalism Isn't Extreme

David Limbaugh, Human Events

Don't listen to GOP consultants and the MSM. We've got to stop the nation's slide into extreme liberalism.

A Libertarian Turn on Social Issues

Michael Barone, Washington Examiner

Polls and elections show Americans are favoring individual choice, but is that a positive thing?