If you’re anywhere near the vicinity of Washington, D.C., consider coming to the meeting of the Robert Taft Club at 8 pm on August 21 at the Boulevard Woodgrill in Arlington, Virginia. The meeting’s topic will be “The GOP and the Right: Can This Marriage Be Saved?” featuring panelists Terence Jeffrey, W. James Antle III, and Paul Gottfried.
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After the Clinton years, many conservatives were cautiously optimistic about the coming George W. Bush presidency—after all, Bush had promised to be fiscally responsible, pursue a “humble foreign policy,” and restore dignity to the oval office.
Instead, the past six and a half years have been marked by a missionary zeal to “spread democracy,” a “compassionate conservative” philosophy in which non-military spending has grown at its highest rate since the Johnson administration, and a de facto open-borders immigration policy. Is this what the Goldwater and Reagan revolutions were fought for?
Social conservatives have received lip service as, in panelist Jim Antle’s words, “Republican stepchildren,” just as economic conservatives and libertarians have begun to wonder whether they might be better off with Democrats in power. The GOP may no longer be the natural party of conservatives—if indeed it ever was.
Join us as we consider whether the Right can—or even should—retake the Republican Party. Has the time come for a third party, or even to consider dropping out of politics altogether? Can Republican institutions still be reformed from within? Our panelists—veteran conservative journalist Terence Jeffrey, American Spectator associate editor W. James Antle, and historian of the conservative movement Paul Gottfried—will take a hard look at these questions and more.
Terence P. Jeffrey is Editor at Large at Human Events and a columnist at Townhall.com. Mr. Jeffrey served as research director for Pat Buchanan’s 1992 presidential campaign, and afterwards became executive director of the American Cause. In 1996, Jeffrey rejoined Buchanan’s team, working as his campaign manager for his second presidential bid.
Mr. Jeffrey was born in San Francisco and graduated from Princeton University in 1981. Between 1987-91, he was as an editorial writer at the Washington Times, where he was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. He is a frequent guest on MSNBC and CNN.
W. James Antle III is Associate Editor of the American Spectator and program manager of its Young Writers’ Program. He is also a contributing editor to The American Conservative and sits on the editorial board of the webzine Enter Stage Right. Mr. Antle was previously senior writer for The American Conservative, where he covered national politics. His work has also appeared in the Wall Street Journal‘s Opinion Journal, the Washington Examiner, the Dallas Morning News, The Politico, Reason, National Review Online, The American Prospect, Human Events, and VDARE.com.
Paul Edward Gottfried is Raffensperger Professor of Humanities at Elizabethtown College and an adjunct scholar of the Ludwig von Mises Institute. He is the author of many books, including Multiculturalism and the Politics of Guilt and the forthcoming Conservatism in America: Making Sense of the American Right.