The 21st century has not so far been a happy time for American conservatives. It began with an appalling terrorist attack whose key perpetrators had taken advantage of our government’s insouciance toward mass immigration from the Third World. Instead of reversing the trend toward demographic transformation, the authorities doubled down on it: We now accept for settlement over 100,000 Muslims every year, twice the typical figure during the 1990’s.
We then commenced a series of missionary wars of the type commonly called Wilsonian, none of which had any good effect on the health of our nation or the liberty of her citizens. In domestic matters, meanwhile, the power, scope, and profligacy of the federal government increased by leaps and bounds. Vast new welfare programs were implemented.
“When someone is hurting, government has got to move,” said the president who presided over all of these events—a man who had been advertised to us, by both the left and the right, as a conservative!
The next president was even worse: a man with no executive experience at all, and whose head was stuffed up to the nose-holes with 1980’s college-radical flapdoodle. Other than civil-rights lawyering, the new guy had worked for just one year in the private sector, an experience he described in his autobiography as “like being a spy behind enemy lines.” ...