Thursday, October 20, 2005

GWB's philosophy

Do we conservatives have false expectations for President Bush? We expect him to pay a certain deference to conservative ideals because he has loosely aligned himself with conservatism. Most of us have come by our conservatism by way of the conservative ideas of others, be it our family, National Review, Reagan, or some of the giants of conservative philosophy. But for the President, it is his evangelical faith that guides him, not conservatism. He is a conservative in as much as his personal faith dove tails with conservative values. Therefore, he may view entitlements, general government spending, and the courts in an entirely different way than rock-ribbed conservatives do. I'm beginning to wonder how much of the current intra-party divisiveness has to do with this possible misunderstanding of the President's personal philosophies.

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