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2008 Election &Conservatives &Culture wars Richard Falknor on 14 Nov 2008 09:30 am

Undaunted Maryland Conservatives Eager to Reach Out

We returned yesterday from the 86th meeting of the Maryland Center-Right Coalition (started eight years ago this month). We listened to eleven thoughtful presentations and many spirited exchanges, from participants ranging from their 20s to their 70s, including people of color and two Republican county chairs — all on  “where we go from here and  how we try to get there.”

Like center-right coalitions across the U.S., local values and fiscal and gun-rights (and, in Maryland, defense) voices come together to hammer out common positions.  What we heard was very blunt talk about rebuilding a Maryland and national Republican Party, chiefly focussed on smaller government and on preserving the culture.

There was no whining from these activists, but a hard determination to get the Party back to basics — or else. 

Not far from everyone’s minds, of course, were the grave consequences of the presidential election’s results.

But how grave?

NRO’s John Derbyshire here points us to Peter Hitchins’ London Daily Mail report “The night we waved goodbye to America…our last best hope on Earth.” Hitchins, an iconoclast of the right, gives a frightening (and caustic) assessment of these results.  The British journalist believes – –

” . . . that America had finally switched sides in a global cultural war. Forget the Cold War, or even the Iraq War. The United States, having for the most part a deeply conservative people, had until now just about stood out against many of the mistakes which have ruined so much of the rest of the world.

Suspicious of welfare addiction, feeble justice and high taxes, totally committed to preserving its own national sovereignty, unabashedly Christian in a world part secular and part Muslim, suspicious of the Great Global Warming panic, it was unique.

These strengths had been fading for some time, mainly due to poorly controlled mass immigration and to the march of political correctness. They had also been weakened by the failure of America’s conservative party – the Republicans – to fight on the cultural and moral fronts.”

Read all of Peter Hitchens’ report here.

Conservatives gathering in Maryland yesterday, however, were vividly aware of the failure of Maryland (and national) Republicans to fight on the cultural and moral fronts.  There were on-the-ground reports from county activists about challenging the education cartel and about protecting children from the latest manifestations of political correctness, in addition to reaffirming the more traditional center-right concerns.

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