Why I’m the only sane guy on the conservative scene
By Michael Kinsley November 24, 2018 12:15:05The American left is a cancer on conservatism, and the only real hope to stop it is a bunch of nutters who can be counted on to do what conservatives can’t.
But I am the only sensible guy on this group.
I am not a Democrat.
I’m not a liberal.
I don’t think the Republicans are the problem.
And I know this because I’m one of them.
I am a lifelong conservative.
The only thing I’m worried about is how the left is going to react to my words and ideas.
I know how difficult it is to be the only one who understands the right’s agenda, and to understand that the right is the problem, not the left.
I’ve been writing for The Washington Post since 1990, and my most recent book is the definitive guide to the Republican Party, a collection of my ideas and policy prescriptions.
But as I’ve grown older, I’ve learned to appreciate what conservatives do better than the other way around.
That’s because I’ve become a smarter conservative than I was a year ago.
I learned that conservatives, like conservatives everywhere, don’t have a monopoly on being right.
Conservatives are always right, and sometimes right in the wrong ways.
But when you look at the way the GOP has changed over the past 30 years, and you take a look at its history, it’s clear the GOP is never right.
In many ways, the GOP today is worse than it was 30 years ago.
Conservatives have always been wrong, but now the GOP’s views are worse than ever.
The GOP has gone back on its promises to restore the Republic, to the American way of life, and even to the Founders’ Constitution.
And it’s doing so at a time when the world is on the verge of economic and political collapse, as global warming makes our planet less habitable, and as we face the specter of a global pandemic that threatens to wipe out much of the world’s middle class.
As a result, conservatives are getting a bad rap.
The term “liberal,” in particular, has become a slur that describes a number of groups.
Conservatives like me and my colleagues are accused of being too liberal, too pro-business, too conservative.
I hate to be a liberal, but this is the world we live in, and I’m willing to take the hits.
I don’t believe conservatives are the enemy.
I think they are our greatest allies, and they have a responsibility to keep America great.
We need to be smarter, to be more patient, to work harder, and we need to have more of an open mind about what America’s future holds.
And conservatives, especially conservatives who have lived through this crisis before, have a unique ability to understand the issues and understand how they affect Americans and the world.
And they’re right.
When we look at how the GOP views its future, we can see how its failures, and its successes, can be traced to a lack of a conservative vision, a failure to understand how politics and policy work, and a failure of imagination.
The right has been a major driver of this collapse.
In the years leading up to the 2016 election, the right had a lot of political power.
The Tea Party movement was born.
Conservatives were active in politics.
The alt-right gained prominence in the United States and Europe.
And the GOP won the White House, but many on the right viewed it as a disaster.
The president had to deal with the crisis of the Obama presidency.
Trump’s presidency was marked by several crises, from his failure to fulfill his campaign promises to his attacks on the press and on the Democratic Party.
And while the Trump administration was trying to heal, the Republican Congress was trying its best to undo the damage.
That failure culminated in the passage of the American Health Care Act, which would have cut Medicaid, gutted Medicaid, and made millions of Americans uninsured.
When I came to Washington, I saw the Republican agenda for the first time, and it wasn’t what I had been taught.
It was a disaster, not just for the country, but for America.
Conservatives saw what they believed was the worst possible outcome.
They saw a Republican Congress that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
They were convinced the GOP would fail to enact a conservative agenda.
They didn’t see the Republicans as the true threat to the Republic.
They wanted to see a Republican president who would fight the president and the party to the death.
I saw a lot more than I’d expected.
But my advice to conservatives was that they were wrong.
They had a huge chance to stop the GOP from taking power and wrecking the country.
They could have pushed the Republicans to the right, but they didn’t.
They let them get away with it because they didn, and then the conservative movement took over.
When it did, the party was united and strong, and conservatives were no longer the enemy of conservatism.