Saturday, January 13, 2007

2007: The year of the rehabilitation of the damned dirty hippie?

Interesting story--a coming of age story, if you will--from someone grew up at a time when he would never knew anything about politics that wasn't told to him by Ronald Reagan. It's the confession of a conservative who's watched Bush crush everything he thought he believed in.

There's a line attributed to Churchill, in several variations: If you're not a liberal when you're twenty, you have no heart, and if you're not a conservative when you're forty, you have no brain. Pilgrim Dreher's progress seems to be in the other direction--at least a little.

One could quibble about whether this fellow has learned precisely the lessons he should have learned from the last six (or twelve) years, but it sounds like he's at least making some headway, so let's give him that.

I can't resist pointing out, though: The odds are overwhelming that he never met a hippie, wouldn't know a hippie if one offered him a toke, and probably thinks hippies were those kids on "That 70's Show."

Still, as I say, it sounds like at least a little movement forward.

(By the way, as Glenn Greenwald points out, NPR doesn't even come close to listing all the conservative credentials this guy's got. And the Mahablog adds some historical perspective, perspective that our woebegone conservative, above, seems to have been sorely lacking.)

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