Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Why McCain is No Reagan

I found this old Reagan quote from 1975 that clearly distinguishes his philosophy from that of McCain's ill-conceived brand of "National Greatness Conservatism," and further serves as a rather stark rebuke of the Huckabee quotation below:

If you analyze it I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism. I think conservatism is really a misnomer just as liberalism is a misnomer for the liberals-if we were back in the days of the Revolution, so-called conservatives today would be the Liberals and the liberals would be the Tories. The basis of conservatism is a desire for less government interference or less centralized authority or more individual freedom and this is a pretty general description also of what libertarianism is.

Whole fascinating interview can be found here.
More on McCain's frightening "National Greatness" doctrine here and here.