Edmund Burke Rebukes Grover Norquist
by Stuart Shapiro
Edmund Burke is generally referred to as the Father of Modern Conservatism. Grover Norquist . . . well, you know. Norquist penned an op-ed yesterday arguing in support of his pledge against raising taxes which has been signed by a majority of House members and 41 Senators. Burke, it turns out, didn’t like pledges.
What sort of reason is that, in which the determination precedes the discussion; in which one set of men deliberate, and another decide; and where those who form the conclusion are perhaps three hundred miles distant from those who hear the arguments…Authoritative instructions; mandates issued, which the member is bound blindly and implicitly to obey, to vote and to argue for, though contrary to the clearest conviction of his judgment and conscience – these are things utterly unknown to the laws of this land.
Of course, this presupposes that current pledge signers are capable of reason, contrary to most evidence available. Nope, if Burke were around today they would probably dub him a “Conservative in Name Only.”Click here for reuse options!
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