Conservatives, don't despair

  • tazzari

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    Nov 12, 2012 5:39 PM GMT
    David Frum:

    Fifty years ago, Marxism was still a live intellectual force in British universities. Marxists taught that human society must inevitably evolve into a socialist dictatorship of the proletariat. The great British conservative historian Hugh Trevor-Roper scoffed at this arrogance. He said, "When radicals scream that victory is indubitably theirs, sensible conservatives knock them on the nose. It is only very feeble conservatives who take such words as true and run round crying for the last sacraments."

    We need more sensible conservatives. As for the feeble conservatives, they should take a couple of aspirin and then stay quietly indoors until the temper has subsided and they are ready to say and do something useful again.

    For the whole article, see:

    http://www.cnn.com/2012/11/12/opinion/frum-conservatives-despair/index.html
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    Nov 12, 2012 6:28 PM GMT
    tazzari saidDavid Frum:

    Fifty years ago, Marxism was still a live intellectual force in British universities. Marxists taught that human society must inevitably evolve into a socialist dictatorship of the proletariat. The great British conservative historian Hugh Trevor-Roper scoffed at this arrogance. He said, "When radicals scream that victory is indubitably theirs, sensible conservatives knock them on the nose. It is only very feeble conservatives who take such words as true and run round crying for the last sacraments."

    We need more sensible conservatives. As for the feeble conservatives, they should take a couple of aspirin and then stay quietly indoors until the temper has subsided and they are ready to say and do something useful again.

    For the whole article, see:

    http://www.cnn.com/2012/11/12/opinion/frum-conservatives-despair/index.html

    What sensible conservatives run for high office in the US? Invariably, they go down the path of social conservatism. Also, name a single Republican President in the past 50 years who wasn't a huge deficit spender, let alone wasn't anti-gay?
  • tazzari

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    Nov 12, 2012 6:31 PM GMT
    Well, there was Eisenhower, in 1952....
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    Nov 12, 2012 6:36 PM GMT
    1952 when the marginal tax rate was so high that it would make even a Democrat blush today? What's conservative about that?

    Anyway, the fact that you had to go back 60 years, and STILL couldn't find a conservative Republican president. That and the fact that he wasn't exactly jumping on parade floats for gay people, makes me think that the sensible conservative either doesn't exist, or can't make it to high office.
  • TrentGrad

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    Nov 12, 2012 8:29 PM GMT
    Ugh...David Frum is getting quoted! What a sad, sad place the world is when THAT happens!!!