This is the king of smart conservative journalism we are talking about here. This is William F. Buckley’s baby. Cold Warrior intellectual super journal. Better dead than Red. THE force behind conservatism for 3 decades. Reagan, Thatcher, the whole bit. And things have gotten so bad that the National Review is saying the CIA and NSA and the DIA, and who knows how many other spook agencies, need to be reined in.
One of the biggest failings of conservatives over the years, and especially since the end of the Cold War, has been the failure to understand that the military is big government too. It is full of waste, and much larger than it should be.
All politicians have their failings, but the world could use a solid dose of the Maggie Thatcher on display in the attached video.
Every time I write about this topic, someone gets irritated and explains to me that “defense” is actually enumerated in the Constitution and so is a valid expenditure of taxpayer money.
Something at the very top of it?
(Originally written for The Star-Exponent)
There was a time when Republicans believed in the reduction of the size of government, or at least said they did. In the wake of 40 years of an expanding welfare state Thatcher and Reagan came to divert us from the “Road to Serfdom” as F. A. Hayek called it. Thing is, the revolution never happened.
In the 80s government still expanded, it wasn’t rolled back. In an effort to spend the Soviet Union into the ground Reagan compromised and built jets, and submarines, and nukes. In the end the cost may have been worth it to take the Soviets down. But it was only worth it if after the destruction of Marxist statism we returned to our roots and allowed the market to flourish and the welfare state to fade away. Freedom won. Let freedom reign, again.
But we didn’t choose that route. We chose instead to let the government grow larger with each passing year. If we didn’t have the money, no problem. We’d just borrow it. And that is what we’ve done with abandon.