The Man's Not for TurningThere are those who mistakenly believe that the failures of the Bush Administration mean that conservatism has somehow failed in this country. Conservative ideas have not failed, the Administration has instead been the failure because it has utterly refused to utilize the principles of real conservatism and apply those principles to problems. Neither the PATRIOT Act, nor the massive new Homeland Security bureacracy, nor the President's inaction to stablilize the money supply and the dollar reflect conservative ideas in the least. Conservatives should not abandon conservatism because the Administration has done so, but should instead seek its revival.
When conservative principles are brought to bear in a situation such as the country now faces, what is often seen is a great deal of short-term pain but long-term success. In the early days of Margaret Thatcher's premiership in Britain, she understood that the only way that she could get her country on the right track was to give it some economic and social medicine that would taste bad going down, but would work better than anything previously tried in the long run. The loudest opposition to the right course often came from within her own Conservative Party. "Turn if you like," she told her compatriots, "the Lady's not for turning."
Conservatives need to re-establish the principles of limited government and personal responsibility that made the movement work in this country. People want the truth, and conservatives ought to give it to them, rather than paint a rosy picture merely for the sake of winning an election.
I am not a conservative of convenience, but one of the heart and soul. I believe in conservatism because I know that it is right-it will always be proven right both now and in the world to come. There is no question of its ideological, social, and spiritual superiority to all other thought systems. I believe in conservative principles because they are rooted in the truth, not merely because it is an ideology that some people in a certain political party to which I happen to belong embrace when it is advantantageous to do so. Conservatives must remember that the failures at the present time are not due to conservatism, but have occured because people have failed to follow the conservative path.
This man's not for turning.