From Ronald Reagan:Santorum is one of the younger generation who rode in on the coattails of Compassionate Conservatism, which to me is really what has helped to erode the conservative movement and demoralize the Republican Party. Where's the Reagan of 1975 when you need him?
If you analyze it I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism. ... The basis of conservatism is a desire for less government interference or less centralized authority or more individual freedom and this is a pretty general description also of what libertarianism is.
To Rick Santorum:
One of the criticisms I make is to what I refer to as more of a libertarianish right. ... This whole idea of personal autonomy, well I don’t think most conservatives hold that point of view. Some do. They have this idea that people should be left alone, be able to do whatever they want to do, government should keep our taxes down and keep our regulations low, that we shouldn’t get involved in the bedroom, we shouldn’t get involved in cultural issues. You know, people should do whatever they want. Well, that is not how traditional conservatives view the world and I think most conservatives understand that individuals can’t go it alone. That there is no such society that I am aware of, where we’ve had radical individualism and that it succeeds as a culture.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
How did it come to this? I think the following quotes sum it up: