Category Archives: America

Goldberg: Progressivism Has No Clothes

Mixing the funny and the philosophical, columnist Jonah Goldberg’s examination of the loaded phrases and political cliches pervading the current political discourse reveals an ideology, progressivism, “without clothing.” Goldberg described what he called the progressives’ use of Continue reading

Values and compassion embedded in Huckabee’s remarks to WCS

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee opened his remarks with some light hearted humor about his weekly trip to New York for his Fox News television show. In response to whether or not he would ever consider living in New York, the Former Governor simply said “I’ll consider living in New York, when Mayor Bloomberg will let me duck hunt in Central Park.” Huckabee talked briefly about Continue reading

Petition to Defund Obamacare Explodes after Ted Cruz Speaks to WCS

Earlier in Today’s Western Conservative Summit, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) called on American conservatives to start signing a petition asking for the defunding of Obamacare. Cruz explained that when the time comes to vote for another Continuing Resolution, Cruz – along with Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) – have vowed to vote against any CR that includes funding for Obamacare. After Cruz’s announcement Continue reading

American Education: Self-Government or Serfdom?

American education has strayed drastically from its original goals, ambitions, and purpose. At least that is according to a panel of Education experts at the Western Conservative Summit. Bill Armstrong, the President of Colorado Christian University, highlighted Continue reading

Young Conservatives: Go To Where the Youth Are

If conservatives hope for a new generation of activists and voters, go where the youth are, a panel of young conservatives told the Western Conservative Summit Saturday afternoon. Charlie Kirk, a 19-year-old executive director of Turning Point USA, Francesca Chambers of Red Alert Politics, and Jesse Blumenthal of Engage DC agreed that much of recent Continue reading

Sen. Ted Cruz: Conscience of a Constitutional Conservative

Though Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz received a rockstar welcome, the rising GOP star heaped praise on the attendees on the second day of the Western Conservative Summit. “I am humbled,” Cruz said, by all those “who are standing up to take the country back.” And while Cruz admired Continue reading

Hanson: Moral Bankruptcy of Liberalism

The Fall of Rome can be interpreted in many ways, and for Victor Davis Hanson the lessons of history resonate more clearly in contemporary circumstances as the parallels between ancient Rome and the modern United States grow.

“More and more people became dependent on redistributive government,” Hanson said, as Rome developed what he described as a “parasitical economy.”

Rome, Hanson said, ignored signals that were present over centuries. The U.S. is facing a much shorter time table.

Hanson, a military historian, pulled no punches.

“It’s hard to screw up a system that’s viable and logical and works in a generation,” Hanson said.

“We’ve become attuned, so accustomed to it that nobody finds it shocking anymore that the President doesn’t just say ‘spread the wealth,’ we’re now up to another level–’you didn’t build that,’” said Hanson.

This way of thinking–that there is something suspect about success–is the perfect setup for what Hanson described as the self-appointed elite technocracy to treat law as “flexible and fluid.” Outcomes based on intentions, in this case, President Barack Obama’s administrative goals, force laws to the sideline, Hanson argued.

How the Roman Republic and later, the Roman Empire and its successor, the Byzantine Empire, ultimately declined, came from inside as much as from outward aggressors.

“The answer is, something changes from within,” said Hanson.

The shift in mood, Hanson argued, could be seen in works by other historians, particularly the left-leaning populist Howard Zinn.

“When society gets into a Howard Zinn mode, and doesn’t believe that the United States is not just not exceptional but is no better than the alternative, then history is unforgiving,” Hanson said.

Other issues like immigration destroy the concept of rule of law, Hanson said. You can not pick and choose which laws to follow and expect good results, he said.

Hanson ended on a positive note, pointing to the “perfect storm of the left” in the 2008 election.

Five years later and even after surviving a reelection challenge, the Obama administration faces sinking polls and a nation in turmoil, Hanson said.

“I think that suggests that America is exceptional,” Hanson said. “If we can withstand this dark period in our country, we’ll be stronger for it.”

A weakness for those on the left, Hanson said, is that “they don’t even believe in the ramifications of their own ideology.”

“It’s contrary to self-interest and human nature,” Hanson said.

Krista Kafer, a senior fellow at the Independence Institute and an expert on education, moderated the one-on-one discussion.

Hanson, a former classics professor, is a contributor for National Review and a fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.