David Brooks' excellent column, "The Republicans' Incompetence Caucus," raises an interesting question: is "conservative revolution" an oxymoron?
Burkeans, like Brooks, and me, think so. He wrote:
"conservatism stands for intellectual humility, a belief in steady, incremental change, a preference for reform rather than revolution, a respect for hierarchy, precedence, balance and order, and a tone of voice that is prudent, measured and responsible."The "Reagan Revolution" was not for any of those things, but focused on preventing government. While the Reagan administration talked this talk, while actually growing the government, they planted the seed. That seed has now bloomed into the Tea Party, which really does want to destroy government. That is not conservatism by any definition.