Because I don’t know what it means any longer — particularly when the term has become has been so diluted that it now includes among its members those who voted for Obama and believe critiques of the Obama phone are “racist,” or cheer on deals that would raise taxes and raise the debt ceiling without significant cuts in spending, while simultaneously blasting conservative candidates for daring to give honest voice to the conservative planks in the GOP platform. Which are there, evidently, merely to bring in the social con vote.
I’ve said this before, but the new media “conservative” opinion leaders are able to lay claim to that appellation largely because the political spectrum has skewed so far left. This is no reflection on John Hawkins, whom I happen to like, or his list, which I’m on. Just a statement of troubling fact, especially as the redefining begins to ossify, even among actual conservatives.
— Who, along with classical liberals and some libertarians, are now Birchers and Hobbits. While conservatism has come to mean GOP boosterism.
Language matters. Until it doesn’t any longer.
(thanks to JohninFirestone)