Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Manifesto: Marx and Engels Style

It was 1848 when young Karl Marx, son of a lawyer, and Friedrich Engels, son of a textile manufacturer, penned their Communist Manifesto. It was a baby-boom era, the baby boom that followed the Napoleonic Wars, and young people were feeling frisky.

But today, a year and a half after the inauguration of Barack Obama, modern day conservatives are feeling frisky. Maybe it's time to pen a "Manifesto of the Conservative Movement of the United States." Here's how it might begin:

A spectre is haunted the liberal west -- the spectre of conservatism. All the powers of the liberal establishment have entered into a secular alliance to exorcise this spectre: liberal left and Islamic extremists, left-wing professors and Hollywood moguls, Democratic politicians and government unions, feminists and gays.

Where is the conservative who has not been decried as "religious right" by opponents in power? Where is the Tea Party activist who has not been calumnied as "racist." Where is the objective reporter that has not hurled back the branding reproach of extremism, against the more advanced conservative activists, or anyone that does not truckle to the reactionary liberal elite?

Two things result from this fact:

I. Conservatism is already acknowledged by all in the liberal elite to be itself a power.

II. It is high time that conservatives should openly, in the face of the whole world, publish their views, their aims, their tendencies, and meet this nursery tale of the spectre of conservatism with a manifesto of the conservative movement itself.

I'll send the full text over to American Thinker. Then, next week, we'll put it up here.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Announcing "An American Manifesto"

After a year and a half of President Obama and his Democratic Congress Americans are looking at each other in and wondering.

Surely there is a better way to imagine America than the liberal vision of competing victim groups and the presumption of helplessness.

Surely there is a better way to govern America?

Surely we can imagine a better future for our children than an ever-enlarging government.

Surely American deserve better than a government that does less and less with more and more.

It is time to create "An American Manifesto." It is time to imagine life after liberalism and start to create it. It is time to believe in a new America without a thousand liberal interest groups. It is time to imagine an America without a million laws. It is time to believe in an America built upon friendliness, bound together with kindness, and healed with forgiveness.

If we want an America like that, then we have to step up and build it. Liberals can't do it. They wouldn't know how to start. Conservatives must do it. But we can only do it if we reach out to moderates and independents. We must offer them the hand of friendship, and say: there's got to be a better way.

So let us join together, conservatives, moderates, independents, and even a few enlightened liberals. Let us reason together and draft An American Manifesto: Life After Liberalism.