Conservatism Is Far From Dead

Friday, October 9, 2009

Steven F. Hayward was right: Conservatism is not dead [Outlook, Oct. 4]. Far from it. But he was wrong about it being "brain dead," as the headline on his commentary suggested.

Most conservatives are everyday people with a desire to live their lives with as little government control as possible, much as the Founding Fathers envisioned. Liberals, on the other hand, see themselves as smarter than the average guy. By virtue of their superior brainpower, they feel preordained by their education at liberal institutions of higher learning to provide the rest of us with the best way to live our lives. It doesn't matter to them that their better way is to make our decisions for us.

Listening to Glenn Beck, Michelle Malkin, Ann Coulter, etc., is a way to keep informed on important issues the liberal media have deemed not newsworthy or too inflammatory.

I get the impression that Mr. Hayward doesn't consider it "newsworthy" to mention all the conservative ideas that have been proposed in the current health-care debate. Instead, he referred to the "defect of modern conservatism" and "its insufficient ability to challenge liberalism at the intellectual level."

I'll tell you a secret, Mr. Hayward: Solutions don't have to be complicated or "intellectual" to be worthy of consideration. Conservatives like things simple and uncomplicated.

MIKE CIFARELLI

Rockville

Steven F. Hayward wrote: "The single largest defect of modern conservatism, in my mind, is its insufficient ability to challenge liberalism at the intellectual level. . . ."

No.

The single largest defect of modern conservatism is that it has ruined the nation.

Conservatives do not have ideas; they have interests.

Conservatives are not "thinkers"; they are rationalizers who give an intellectual gloss to their belief that an alliance of predatory businesspeople and religious extremists should rule the rest of us.

The wreckage caused by modern conservatism lies all around us, and speaks for itself: If conservatism isn't dead, it should be.

DANIEL ROSEN

Baltimore

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