When conservatism became a movement, it lost its soul.
- Alan Pell Crawford
Just 2 days ago, I posted a piece about conservative radio host, Mark Levin, receiving the "inaugural" Andrew Breitbart Defender of the First Amendment Award at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).
I posed these questions with it:
"Is this really what it means to be "conservative" in America today? Is it any wonder so many of us struggle to connect with each other?"
Now, and with sincere thanks to a good friend who just happens to be a conservative, I offer this article from The American Conservative by Alan Pell Crawford.
I strongly encourage everyone - especially liberals and progressives, but regardless of where you place yourself on the socio-political spectrum - to read it. It is informative, educational, and thought-provoking. It helped me to better understand where and how modern day conservatism got its start, as well as how the "conservative movement" has changed over the last few decades.
The contrast between Levin and Crawford is stark. The question now, it seems, is which one of them is more representative of conservatism to conservatives? Only conservatives can answer that question.