Thursday, February 21, 2008

Will references Burke

I am in no way surprised that George Will would reference Burke. He has a PhD in Politics from Princeton.

However, that Will felt he had to explain who Burke is gives support to my case that the general public, and even conservatives, do not know who Burke is. I ask you, would he have to explain who Marx or Machiavelli was? No. Granted, I think people misunderstand what both were saying, especially Machiavelli, but you don't have to explain who they are.

Writing about superdelegates:
What ethic should guide their decisions? Should each of them vote as did their state or congressional district? Or for the candidate who won the most votes nationally? Or should they think like Edmund Burke?

On Nov. 3, 1774, Burke, an intellectual founder of modern conservatism, delivered a thank-you address to people who, upon hearing it, perhaps wished they had not done what he was thanking them for. They had elected him to represent them in the House of Commons. He told them he was duty-bound to represent the national interest, as he understood that. He said he owed them not obedience but his independent judgment of the public good -- independent of "local prejudices" or "local purposes."

While this is not proof, per se, that conservatives don't know who Burke is, it still implies that people in general do not. Therefore, I still contend that the number of people at CPAC who had never heard of Burke was less than you think. If anybody has not read the full speech to which Will is referring, the link is here.

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