Modern American conservatism weaves several strands of thought — constitutionally limited government, free-market economics, time-honored virtues, and prudent statesmanship — into a fabric that is both large enough to encompass a majority coalition and strong enough to withstand that coalition’s inevitable twists and strains.
Two thinkers whose ideas inspire American conservatism, Edmund Burke and Friedrich Hayek, were neither Americans nor self-described conservatives. Burke, an 18th-century member of Parliament, defended the American Revolution, criticized the French Revolution, and was associated with the “Old Whig” faction of classical liberalism in the British politics of the day. Hayek, the 20th-century Austrian economist who spent some of his career in United States, described himself as an Old Whig or classical liberal.
I knew it. In tried and true fashion, he delves into some babbling about some obscure stuff that nobody is going to call him on without checking out a bunch of books from the library. (*Oooooh, look how much smarter I am than YOU ARE.*) MORE:
Yet both are venerated by today’s conservatives, in part because of their careful, historically grounded arguments for prudence. “Circumstances,” Burke wrote, “give in reality to every political principle its distinguishing color, and discriminating effect. The circumstances are what render every civil and political scheme beneficial or noxious to mankind.” In Hayek’s case, he counseled his fellow advocates of individual freedom to recognize that “human civilization has a life of its own, that all our efforts to improve things must operate within a working whole which we cannot entirely control …”
At the present, North Carolina conservatives are confronted with a prudential question: what to do about House Bill 2. Enacted nearly a year ago in response to Charlotte’s passage of a poorly constructed anti-discrimination ordinance, HB2 has come to dominate the state’s political discourse.[…]
It’s dominating political discourse because our rudderless, leaderless, principle-free state GOP allows it to do so. Our legislators and lieutenant governor appear to be all out of ideas. The game plan appears to be picking up any ball tossed their way by big donors and running it across the finish line (before the voters catch on). MORE:
[…] Some like it that way. Roy Cooper and his team actively lobbied Democrats during the 2016 campaign not to discuss any accommodations with Republicans on the issue, while also encouraging boycotts against the state and raising campaign funds from concerned business leaders to use against then-Gov. Pat McCrory. On the other side, there are Republicans who believe HB2 was a reasonable response to Charlotte’s provocation and ought to remain intact, as well as out-of-state conservative groups that see North Carolina as a pivotal battleground in a twilight struggle to defend traditional values.[…]
Dancing’ John is going to mimic the driveby media and decline to tell you the truth about what HB2 said. HB2 maintained that laws governing employment issues should be statewide and uniform. Basically, it argued that you need to bring changes in law to the legislature for a vote. It also argued for keeping locker rooms and bathrooms AS-IS. Boys in one, girls in the other. This headed off attempts by the gay mafia to shake down and intimidate businesses in Charlotte and other leftist meccas. It put limits onbureaucratic tyranny and the expansion of government power. Sounds like something real conservatives ought to love.
[…] Rep. Chuck McGrady (R-Henderson) and a bipartisan coalition have devised a new “repeal and
replace” response, HB186. It repeals HB2 and explicitly grants municipalities the authority to enact anti-discrimination ordinances that go beyond state law to include such categories as sexual orientation or gender identity. However, it explicitly excludes access to multi-occupancy bathrooms, showers, and locker rooms on non-municipal property from such ordinances — describing it as “a matter of general, statewide concern.”
In response to concerns about overly broad anti-discrimination ordinances intruding on the religious conscience of private individuals and institutions, the bill excludes religious groups and nonprofits while allowing citizens to initiate a referendum to challenge any newly enacted ordinance, just as some city charters allow citizens to challenge other city actions.
The McGrady bill won’t make everyone happy. It doesn’t fully comport with my own preferences. But for conservatives, it has at least one compelling virtue: it is prudent.[…]
Ah, Mr. Conservative praising the King of North Carolina RINOs. The former head of the Sierra Club. A regular F-
grade in the Civitas rankings (El Pope familia). McGrady’s “compromise” extends “equal and fair” access to all resources in North Carolina . (Holy Trotsky, Batman!) It also offers employment protection to trannies and illegal aliens and strengthens the power of the unelected Human Relations Commission. There is not one damn thing conservative about any of this. (Dancin’ John appears to be confusing the terms ‘compromise’ and ‘surrender.’)
All of you people who keep donating to Hood and Pope, Inc. need your heads examined. These people have teamed up with the AFL-CIO, Planned Parenthood, Chris Fitzsimon and now the left-wing of the House Republican Caucus. They’re no longer shaking up Raleigh. They’ve got their hands in the cookie jar like the rest of the players up there.