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Energy Leninism? Or Just Plain Leninism?

leninAs goes Energy, so goes the country.

“The worse, the better,” Vladimir Lenin is said to have observed. What Lenin meant was that the worse social conditions became in Russia, the more likely he and the Bolsheviks could foment a communist revolution. President Barrack Obama’s White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel recently updated Lenin’s maxim, saying, “Never allow a crisis to go to waste.”Last Friday, the Democratic leadership in the House of Representatives took those maxims to heart when they pushed through their 1,200-page American Clean Energy and Security (ACES) Act by a vote 219 to 212. The bill is supposed to address the twin crises of economic recession and climate change by creating millions of new “green” jobs. Instead of an


A Shot At Defining Conservatism

We are thinking heavily here about how to present a systematic approach to understanding what we call “Conservatism”.  Just this week, a fellow Iowa blogger Albert Bregar penned his thoughts at Red County Polk County and Iowa Defense Alliance.

Albert provides an excellent start with a view to how many of us think about defining the way conservatives see the world today (okay, such a view would include “Ronald Reagan came back for more”).  We will certainly start looking around blogdom and start collecting a list of such statements as “Smaller Government” and build them into a resource. 

But in stating the conservative view of today’s world, we do limit ourselves to more of a statement of “how does conservative thinking apply to today’s …


Where Did We Miss?

Conservatives have lost our political credibility.  We have totally squandered opportunity after opportunity over the years because self-interest and ambition have eroded the integrity of Conservative politicians along with Liberal ones.  And blind political stupidity in the Republican Party created a mess of alienated constituencies, including African Americans.   P.J. O’Rourke wrote in The Weekly Standard (aptly titled “We Blew It”):

An entire generation has been born, grown up, and had families of its own since Ronald Reagan was elected. And where is the world we promised these children of the Conservative Age? Where is this land of freedom and responsibility, knowledge, opportunity, accomplishment, honor, truth, trust, and one boring hour each week spent in itchy clothes at church, synagogue, or mosque? It lies in ruins


Which Way Should Conservatism Go? Well, How About We Try ‘toward Conservatism’?

You’re going to hear quite a bit from the left over ‘the death of conservatism’ over the next few weeks. But they’ve got it wrong. I say, what we’ve got is the death of compromised conservatism as espoused by George W Bush, his father, GHW Bush, and by more recently, John McCain.

This morning, we see a post from Helen Valois at Renew America, who calls this ‘conservative conservatism’. I can quibble with the name she chooses, but not her meaning…

What is conservative conservatism? It is a commitment to playing a good defense (or rather — except for the one, brief, shining moment of Governor Palin’s acceptance speech — a pretty flawed defense) when your opponents have gone decisively


Why Party Unity Matters

Democrats for decades have been struggling with the inner turmoil of diverse political positions which have kept their party from setting a course that all Democrats can get behind.  And this partly why that party has bled so many conservative Democrats to vote for Republican Presidents.

Obama has succeeded in achieving the role of presumptive Democratic nominee for President by keeping his message as vague as possible, by pandering to specific interest groups as needed, and by establishing who he is not.  But it is not clear what part of the party he really aligns with.

This week will definitely tell the tale of how well he can lead and influence the grassroots Democrats who will be attending the Democratic National Convention.  He’s already mentioned …


A Brief History of Thatcherism

Margaret ThatcherThis month’s Imprimis features a speech by John O’Sullivan, executive editor of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and one-time special advisor to former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

O’Sullivan’s speech provides a valuable lesson in the history of Thatcher’s leadership and the power of privatized industry in building an entrepreneurial society, and how this can stimulate a stagnated socialist economy.

May we never reach the depth that Britain did.

O’Sullivan’s speech was given at the dedication of the first statue of Margaret Thatcher to be placed in the United States, which was at Hillsdale College (the home of Imprimis).

He covers a great deal regarding the Cold War, and Thatcher’s role working with Reagan, Helmut Schmidt, and others to build a stronger missile presence in Western …


Swamp Stomper Ring Traffic: How about a REAL change?

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Ann Coulter says it well, here:

Well, it looks like it’s the end of the road for Hillary. Time for her to pack up her pantsuits and go back to – wherever it is she’s pretending to be living these days. Now we just have to get rid of the other two. Perhaps if I endorse Obama

This week, Bill Clinton lost his second presidential election for a protege.

Ronald Reagan was so popular, he not only won a 49-state landslide re-election for himself, but he also won a symbolic third term


Reforming The U.N.

John Bolton gave a speech in February where he discussed the role of the U.N., the international community’s attempt to use the United Nations to manipulate United States foreign policy, its inability to carry out appropriate reforms that its leaders have tried to conduct… and the reforms it does put in place are worse (even by the New York Times’ standards) than what they replace.  Lacking adequate accountability and potency to act responsibly and effectively in its mission.  John’s answer makes a lot of sense:

What I concluded following my 16 months as ambassador-and based on my work in the U.N. system dating back to my earliest service in the Reagan administration-was that efforts at marginal or incremental reform of the U.N. are doomed


Obama In An Alternate Universe…

The following is a work of fiction and political satire. None of this is true. However, if you have a sensitive stomach, or are a Liberal, or just don’t get most jokes you hear, Space Clusteryou may want to avoid reading this piece. But you are welcome to anyhow.

Barack Obama, in an unprecedented sweep of all Democratic Party state caucuses and primaries thus far, handily beat the undeterred Hillary Clinton in Pennsylvania Tuesday. Said Clinton “Pennsylvanians are a bunch of idiots!”. Clinton’s husband was seen consoling his wife and asked if the media would kindly give Hillary some time to recover.

Obama spoke clearly and concisely this morning about his vision for tax reform and job stimulus to help ensure that all could share in


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