What we believe: conservatism and the Tea Party

Posted by: Phineas on October 9, 2010 at 6:54 pm

Bill Whittle has long been one of my favorite PJTV commentators; his video essays are incisive, uncompromising, and closely reasoned, all done in sincere, good-natured, and polite style. He’s not a firebreather; he doesn’t have to be, because he knows what he’s talking about.

Bill has a new video on his own YouTube channel (ht: Hot Air) in which he provides a clear, simple statement of the essential tenets of American conservatism: a belief in limited government and free enterprise. It’s well-worth the ten minutes of your time to watch:

While I think “classical liberal” is more accurate than “conservative,” that’s an argument over terminology that just isn’t all that important these days. What truly is important is the message: limited government versus the all-powerful state and individual liberty versus tyranny. Whittle introduces our side of the argument beautifully, and I’d like to see this video posted widely across the blogosphere.

And I dare any progressive to post as simple, clear, and honest an explanation of their beliefs in response. No emotional appeals to being “for the children” allowed.

It would be illuminating.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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  1. Carlos says:

    “And I dare any progressive to post as simple, clear, and honest an explanation of their beliefs in response.”

    Not fair, Phineas. As you are well aware, there are no “clear” or “honest” explanations of any of their “beliefs” (which are as fluid as the Mississippi River), and “simple” only in the classic sense of the word, meaning “with limited intelligence.”

  2. Paul says:

    I tend to agree with Isabel Paterson’ philosophy. And I am a pragmatist. If we throw the Democrats out we better have our ducks in a row. Old methods are suspect as is extremism. :d