Why I am not a "conservative"

Las Vegas Review-Journal
by Vin Suprynowicz

06/11/06

Ed Feulner of the Heritage Foundation -- your quintessential modern 'conservative' think tank -- finally laid his cards face-up in an op-ed piece in this section March 26. In the essay, headlined 'Curing the conservative crack-up,' Mr. Feulner proposed six criteria by which conservatives should weigh any proposed government action. Among his criteria were 'Does it make us safer?' and 'Does it unify us?' It's hard to imagine any of the world's worst dictators having any problem eagerly embracing those justifications for their actions. Freedom often looks dangerous, disorderly and divisive; bureaucratic control and the cops reading our mail, 'wanding us down,' and/or peering in every window are nearly always sold as 'necessary to make us safer.' And there sure is a feeling of 'unity' as we're herded down those airport cattle chutes or race to mail in our tribute every April 15...

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