“To be conservative, then, is to prefer the familiar to the unknown, to prefer the tried to the untried, fact to mystery, the actual to the possible, the limited to the unbounded, the near to the distant, the sufficient to the superabundant, the convenient to the perfect, present laughter to utopian bliss.” 

Michael Joseph Oakeshott

“The central conservative truth is that it is culture, not politics, that determines the success of a society. The central liberal truth is that politics can change a culture and save it from itself.”

Daniel Patrick Moynihan

The Reagan Landslide Of 1980 Lead To What, Pat?

As I see it, those old wig wearing founders were hip to the understanding that the young, are apt to screw up. And I think they alluded to that truism in the Constitution, by making age a criteria to hold certain positions in government. In fact, and for some offices, damn near decades past the age when one achieves majority.

So here’s Pat Buchanan at American Conservative…. a couple of days ago

”What are the causes of a de-Christianized America?

High among them is the Supreme Court, which, since the Earl Warren era began, purged Christianity from all public schools and the public square—and has been met with a puzzling lack of resistance from Middle America to the secularist revolution being imposed upon it.

Second, an anti-Christian elite captured the cultural heights—the arts, elite universities, popular culture, the media—and began, through movies, books, and magazines, an assault on Christian beliefs and morality.

Third was the social revolution of the 1960s, which began with the arrival of the baby boomers on campus in 1964. Five years on, Woodstock Nation was wallowing in the mud, listening to Country Joe & the Fish.

The counterculture of the ’60s would be used as a foil to build 49-state landslides for Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan, but then the ’60s views and values were embraced by the elites and came to dominate the culture in the time of Bill and Hillary Clinton. Given his baggage, “Slick Willy” of Yoknapatawpha County would have been a comic figure in the 1950s. Today he is the Democratic Party’s beau ideal of a statesman.“

But here’s Peter Wehner of the NYT just Today

“To see just how far the Democratic Party has moved to the left, compare Barack Obama with Bill Clinton. In 1992, Mr. Clinton ran as a centrist New Democrat. In several respects he governed as one as well. He endorsed a sentencing policy of “three strikes and you’re out,” and he proposed adding 100,000 police officers to the streets.“

”In contrast, President Obama’s former attorney general, Eric H. Holder Jr., criticized what he called “widespread incarceration” and championed the first decrease in the federal prison population in more than three decades. Mr. Obama, meanwhile, has chosen to focus on police abuses.“

Now remember those ”three strikes and you’re out“ sentiments as we hear from Mr. Buchanan again.

”The decline in Christian identity is greatest among the young. While 85 percent of Americans born before 1945 still call themselves Christians, only 57 percent of those born after 1980 do.“

Wait, 1980, the year of the Reagan Revolution? How did the great communicator fail us so. Why then, did the kids begin, to lose faith in such large numbers. How did the grass roots of the new Republican majority push back against those Country Joe & The Fish Firsters

16They began to treat our children with the same cavalier approach they took with adult offenders of the good order. Nada, nope, zip, zero. Lock ‘em up and throw away the key. Running stealth candidates for low voter turn-out school boards, this new breed of GOP ultra-activist, untrusting of secular educated educators, instituted zero tolerance policies for all things, including and up to the crime of being young and dumb, and consequently rebellious. And many of these small town Torquemadas, were people of the Book, and members of the church, who saw no grace in the young playing in mud, and building character, via mistakes made, noted, acknowledge, and then corrected, just didn’t matter. You muster up or mustered out.

Then again, maybe character building should be left to the church.

What does Pat say about how the Church tried to heal the wounds of Woodstock.

”Many churches came out to meet the cultural revolution halfway. The results were irrelevance and scandal—too many Elmer Gantrys in televangelist pulpits and too many predators in priestly cassocks.“

No wonder the young flock is fleeing, Patrick.

So, One, Two, Three,…What are we fighting for.


Now, being Burkean in my appreciation of communitarian traditionalism I sympathize with both sides concerning the heat of the same sex marriage debate, so I suggest we pull our punches pluralistically.

Politics Is Short Sighted If You Don’t Know Its Shorthand.

Another day, another confession. See the above post tag-line…“Politics…More Box Score Than Soapbox.” I really don’t know just what the hell that means. What the fragment suggest, signifies or conjures. Is it ad copy or admonition? Might it be both, or just some half baked mumbo jumbo bombast. A word slinger’s pot luck seasoned with heavy calculation and simmered to thicken…a too cute, by half, calorie free, catchphrase.

!!7I first spun it.. “Politics…More Box Score Than Soapbox,” twenty years ago. It was 1996, another general election coming, and I was tossing up political post daily in Front Page bastardized HTML. A truly ugly, and time consuming process that bottom lined to limited readership for all the effort.

But I learned a lot. Like primarily, to stop waisting my time, and others, by posting politics.

But the bug still tugged, and tally taking still held interest, so I’d slap up some political this and that, here and there, from time to time, while always aware, that, in the main, any return on investment was in an attempt to clarify “my” thoughts on the political goings on of the day. Self serving. And I could live with that. Sporadically.

For I had long since dropped that tagline. That shorthand. And that’s what “Politics…More Box Score Than Soapbox“ really is. A shorthand. A suggestion that what’s to follow is an attempt to be more objective than subjective. Interested more with the public play of politics on the field than motive, and misdirection manufactured in the party’s private clubhouse.

After all, we all know, don’t we, that all political parties are but organized hypocrisies. (talk about your shorthand) We’re are in agreement there, right?

More later.


As a viceroy of the rudimentary I’m a vicar of my vices. I’m sin simple. I have my addictions. And in lieu of categorizing my keeping up with those Jones’, let me fess up, straight away; that I’m a political junkie.

Few things float my boat more than the high tides, low tides, and the occasional cultural sea change that results from the passion play of American politics.

!!28And passion is not too strong a word. And suggesting that political misplay, overreach, or wrong thinking often leads to societal segmentation and individual severe punishment reads hyperbolic only, if one “just says no” to the long term consequences of short term political expediency.

For instance, just ask one of your many, fellow citizens, nationwide, who decades ago, copped a “felony” plea for simple possession and in so doing were relegated to working the weeds of American society throughout their adulthood. How low must that high of Colorado make those forever a “convict” feel now.

If you think the above example is unique to the American political process you would be wrong. Just a modicum of knowing the history of United States would disabuse you of that notion.

So when I’m jonesin’ on a policy, and jawing about what’s in play, I’m very conscious of politics as blood sport. A political power posture that poisons not only the arteries of governance but seeps into individual veins infecting society writ large. It’s a dangerous game. And all sides have personal and personalities proficient in it’s play. And that’s where, POLITICS… MORE BOX SCORE THAN SOAPBOX,“ enters the fray.

More later