The John Adams Society
April 20, 2005
A conservative ought to be a pessimist, at least about human nature, human society, and the prospects for improving them. – John Derbyshire
IN FREE TO CHOOSE, Milton Friedman pointed out that the 1928 platform of the Socialist Party of America is pretty much all government reality now. And that was twenty years ago. Since then, a Republican Administration and Congress has enacted an enormous new health care entitlement and federalized large portions of elementary and secondary education, all while being called, and believed by many to actually be, the most right wing cabal the world has ever seen.
And the outlook is worse. In nearly every other developed country, America’s Republican party would be considered a right wing fringe group, and its Democratic party right-of-center. Our youth face a constant barrage of leftist propaganda from their teachers and the popular media. To believe we can resist this tide is folly.
ON THE OTHER HAND, leftism is intellectually dead. They see only defeatism abroad and defense of the static quo at home. They have no ideas and no debates, (where is their John Adams Society?). The College Republicans are booming, articulate, energetic and peaceful, while campus leftists are shrill, pie-throwing slobs. And our side has better looking women, a leading political indicator if there ever was one.
THE CHAIRMAN, who rarely sees a half empty glass for long, has called for a debate to settle the question:RESOLVED: CONSERVATISM HAS PEAKED
The Debate will be held on Wednesday, April 20, 2005 at the University Club, 420 Summit Avenue, in Saint Paul. The Chancellor will preside over drinks beginning at seven o'clock p.m. The debate will begin at half past seven. While there is no dress code for attendance, gentlemen who wish to speak must wear a tie; ladies should adhere to a similar sartorial standard. For those gentlemen who arrive tieless yet wish to speak, fret not: the Purveyor of Ties will keep on hand at least one of his quite remarkable ties for just such an eventuality. Questions about debate caucus procedures or about the John Adams Society itself may be directed to the Chairman at 612-709-1168 or the Secretary at (612) 204-5615.