This is a really great position except … Conservatives are now crony-capitalists that feed at the government tit just like the ones they once claimed to abhor. Now that communism is incrementally accepted as government policy that is just kinder and gentler (more redistributive), it can’t be an enemy any more. So to keep the leeches in blood we now have Islamic terrorists, ex-KGB agents, and drug cartels.
Keep in mind, The Sharon Statement was about communism. That is still the most dangerous enemy of these states, united. And as Madison predicted it is winning from within. The threats that hog the media today are quite miniscule compared to the conservative/liberal acceptance/lusting for total state control.
Notable & Quotable: M. Stanton Evans
‘That liberty is indivisible, and that political freedom cannot long exist without economic freedom.’
March 4, 2015 6:53 p.m. ET
On Sept. 11, 1960, a group of young conservatives who met at the home of William F. Buckley Jr. in Sharon, Conn., issued what became known as the Sharon Statement; written by M. Stanton Evans, who died Tuesday at age 80, the statement asserted these beliefs:
That foremost among the transcendent values is the individual’s use of his God-given free will, whence derives his right to be free from the restrictions of arbitrary force;
That liberty is indivisible, and that political freedom cannot long exist without economic freedom;
That the purpose of government is to protect those freedoms through the preservation of internal order, the provision of national defense, and the administration of justice;
That when government ventures beyond these rightful functions, it accumulates power, which tends to diminish order and liberty;
That the Constitution of the United States is the best arrangement yet devised for empowering government to fulfill its proper role, while restraining it from the concentration and abuse of power;
That the genius of the Constitution—the division of powers—is summed up in the clause that reserves primacy to the several states, or to the people, in those spheres not specifically delegated to the Federal government;
That the market economy, allocating resources by the free play of supply and demand, is the single economic system compatible with the requirements of personal freedom and constitutional government, and that it is at the same time the most productive supplier of human needs;
That when government interferes with the work of the market economy, it tends to reduce the moral and physical strength of the nation; that when it takes from one man to bestow on another, it diminishes the incentive of the first, the integrity of the second, and the moral autonomy of both;
That we will be free only so long as the national sovereignty of the United States is secure; that history shows periods of freedom are rare, and can exist only when free citizens concertedly defend their rights against all enemies;
That the forces of international Communism are, at present, the greatest single threat to these liberties;
That the United States should stress victory over, rather than coexistence with, this menace; and
That American foreign policy must be judged by this criterion: does it serve the just interests of the United States?
From the comments: “Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it. “— Thomas Sowell