Strangely enough, Newsweek (I thought it was dead?) had something worth reading: an article by David Mamet on guns and freedom.
It really got me thinking, though, we spend so much time on these individual issues like guns and health care, but what we need to take on as a country is the topic of freedom overall. What are rights? What is the purpose of the government? All our arguments are because we disagree on those questions, but that’s not usually where the discussion is. If we want to change things, we need people thinking on these fundamental questions.
So what conservatives need is not what particular policies will help — we’re not to the point that most people will listen yet. We need to keep engaging, like Mamet is, on these questions at the core of our society. When people understand what rights are, then they understand what government should and shouldn’t be. And when they understand what government is, the specific policy questions follow rather easily.
So let the liberals play the small ball of trying to ram through particular policies; we need to play the long game of where is society headed. We don’t want to go back to the old statist ideals; we want to go forward to the nation based on freedom we’ve never quite achieved before.
How do we do that? I dunno. But put me among those many voices saying the focus of conservatism needs to be culture.