Quote Of The Day — National Greatness Conservatismby Brad Warbiany
Mark over at Publius Endures discusses the current state of the Republican Party, as it has changed from the 1994 version to the 2008 version (emphasis added):
With libertarians leaving the party in droves, the remaining GOP opinion-makers are increasingly free to abandon free market rhetoric; put another way, they have become smaller and thus have to please fewer groups. The result? National Greatness Conservatism and so-called Sam’s Club Republicans, two worldviews that are 1. intellectually honest; 2. capable of appealing to the GOP base; 3. capable of eventually bringing in groups not currently in the GOP coalition; 4. are currently quite compatible with each other; and 5. are completely incompatible with any version of libertarianism.
National Greatness Conservatism isn’t new. In fact, it follows much of the line of European monarchies prior to the founding of America, and was quite forcefully advanced by folks such as Alexander Hamilton. It is now alive and well in John McCain and the Republican Party.
And as Mark points out, it is not a libertarian philosophy in any sense of the word.