When Aristotle spoke of the polis, the state or political community, he said that it is that “which is the highest of all, and which embraces all the rest, aims at good in a greater degree than any other, and at the highest good.” (Politics, 59) Today’s political climate, in stark contrast, seems to aim at many things all at once, or perhaps more often, nothing at all. Aristotle’s aspirational view of politics is subordinated today to what is politically expedient for individuals. No longer is politics about the good of society. It is about personal gain, prestige, or the cult of personality. Somewhere along the way, something went wrong.
Of course, things went wrong many times over and for many different reasons since Aristotle’s day. And each time, individuals have taken a stand and come together to bring about a renewal in society. Such groups gradually gain momentum and eventually, have the power to effect real and lasting change in society. That was the vision our Founders had in building this great nation. These men sought a nation that respected the fundamentals of a just society–life, liberty, property–and fought for a common goal, a just and democratic society.
In our own day, society is fragmented among many diverse viewpoints, far more than the Framers could have imagined. Within the larger labels of “conservative,” “liberal,” and “libertarian,” there are myriad differences in the vision each has of America and what it should become.
This blog, in part, is meant to flesh out some of these differences within the conservative movement and to help bring about a renewal of conservatism in America. While all of us belong to the Republican party, many of us feel that it has not served us or conservatism well as of late. We neither long for the Reagan era (since only two of us were alive when he was elected), nor do we put our faith in one particular rising party star. Rather, we seek to discuss conservative policy issues, to plan out a roadmap for conservatives in America, and many of us intend to be the candidates of the future.
We welcome your opinions and we hope you will join in our discussion. We hope too that if you disagree, you do so with a sense of civility and purpose. Indeed, all the authors do not agree about each issue, and you will see the many viewpoints in the conservative movement displayed. Enjoy the blog, join the discussion, get involved, and become the “political animal” that you are by nature.