Professor Charles R. Kesler, head of the Salvatori Center and The Claremont Review of Books, wrote a piece for Real Clear Politics. (Hat tip: David Dreshfield)
Kesler highlights the contrasts between conservatives and liberals, presumably in preparation for the talk Bill Kristol's giving at the Ath. (Remember, Kristol has connections with the Salvatori Center.) Liberals, Kesler says, have gotten so enamored with change that they have ignored substance.
Modern liberals, in other words, like to obscure the difference between change and improvement. Marketing executives like to instill the same confusion when they trumpet new needs and products. A change can be for better or worse. If you keep that in mind, you will be disposed to weigh proposed changes, to deliberate about their advantages and disadvantages. That will eventually make you a conservative, not in the prevailing political sense necessarily, but in the prudential sense of someone who wishes to preserve the goodness of existing arrangements against the changes (or so-called improvements) that actually make things worse, and sometimes even against real improvements whose attendant costs are too high.People from the Left believe that the desire for change is so behind them that they will be arrogant and ultimately overplay their hand much the same way they overplayed the 2006 mid-term elections. Do Americans want change? Absolutely. But Americans only want certain things to change and most of that change, contrary to the wishes of our Democrat friends, will be provided with Bush's departure.