OMT One Man's Trash...from Norman Leahy



Saturday, November 04, 2006 :::
 

Pining for Santorum

Peggy Noonan devotes her Saturday WSJ column to Sen. Rick Santorum and what she believes will be a national loss if Santorum is denied another term in office.

Mr. Santorum has been at odds with the modernist impulse, or liberalism, or whatever it now and fairly should be called. Most of his own impulses -- protect the unprotected, help the helpless, respect the common man -- have not been conservative in the way conservative is roughly understood, or portrayed, in the national imagination. If this were the JFK era, his politics would not be called "right wing" but "progressive." He is, at heart, a Catholic social reformer. Bobby Kennedy would have loved him.

I sincerely doubt this last assertion, but the larger point Noonan makes, that politicians like Santorum are a rare breed we so desperately need in power strikes me as deeply wrong. It's not just Santorum's desire to insert the state (and himself) into matters that are better left to civil society, but his general view of conservative principles, first discussed here.

Santorum is no conservative, and Noonan says as much by calling him a "progressive." And if we stretch the definition of progressive, stripping it of its more modern baggage, the label gains a sliver of merit.

But is this the sort of impulse conservatives ought to support? Is it in the long-term interest of conservatives to expend blood and treasure on behalf of someone who would expand the size, cost and power of the state to satisfy his own, particular social ends?

I don't think so.

His electoral loss is all but assured next week. But it will be a victory for those of us who still believe in liberty.



::: posted by Norman Leahy at 11/04/2006 3 comments





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