The Corner

What’s Wrong with Conservatism

I sometimes get the feeling Mike Gerson thinks that conservatism is fundamentally flawed. The latest example:

For all of conservatism’s evident virtues, it can have one furtive, seedy vice: A justified suspicion of government can degenerate into an anti-government ideology — rigid, stingy and indifferent to human suffering.

This time it’s about concerns about PEPFAR — legitimate ones worth debate and attention. The contention that Tom Coburn is rigid, stingy and indifferent to suffering strikes me as very wrong; the senator defends himself here.

I’m not voting for an anti-government ideology. I am voting for conservatives to not fear their big-government skepticism. Nothing wrong with that.

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