The Right Coast
September 16, 2005
The State of Conservatism
By Mike Rappaport
David Broder has a new column discussing the Weekly Standard's 10th Anniversary Issue in which contributors discuss whether their views have changed in the last 10 years.
Some proudly said they had not wavered in their policy beliefs -- no matter what the consequences. Scholar Robert Kagan, a passionate advocate of war in Iraq, said the judgment he made in the mid-1990s was right -- and was shared by a large number of prominent Democrats, including Bill Clinton, Al Gore and Madeleine Albright: Get a new regime in Iraq.Significantly, I agree with all of these comments. I still support the Iraqi War of Liberation, but I believe Congress and the President have exercised power horribly concerning economic matters. In part, I think this is the corruption of power, but in part it is that Bush simply does not believe in small government. In the long run, the Medicare Prescription Drug plan will loom large in evaluating the Bush Presidency. It will be badge a shame for him, much like Ford's appointment of John Paul Stevens or the first Bush's appointment of David Souter.