Rational policy should flow from ideas. Now at least one conservative is recognizing that policy devoid of ideas makes for bad policy.
Ultra-conservative Jim DeMint says he will retire from the Senate to run the neo-con propaganda unit called the Heritage Foundation. He wants to translate right-wing “policies” into “real ideas” [CNN]. That right-wing policies are devoid of “real ideas” is not news to me, but it is refreshing to see a right-wing leader confess to the intellectual superficiality of right-wing political positions.
Senator DeMint deserves credit for pledging to work for a legitimate conservative policy stance; the nation needs a healthy multi-party system. At the moment, it does not really have any political party characterized by both intellectual/moral health and any significant degree of influence. That puts the democratic ship of state solidly on the sand bar of hypocritical posturing. So I wish the man well.
DeMint faces a real challenge putting intellectual depth underneath conservative policy positions such as a foreign policy shortsightedly designed to build a 19th century empire based on force and discrimination against “uppity” Muslims; the imposition of elite rule via the impoverishment of the middle class and destruction of the social services net; and a troglodyte debasement of science and the intellect. From those vague “principles” of neo-con/tea party thinking come a host of specific policies to which DeMint will need to attach, as he notes, “real ideas:” the craven kneeling down of Washington before Likudnik extremists, the visceral hatred of Iran, the refusal to recognize health care as either a universal human right or as a logical way of building a productive society, the insistence upon granting carte blanche to environmental destruction and financial manipulations for the sole purpose of further enriching a tiny band of the super-rich intent upon killing the goose that lays their golden eggs.
I invite the Senator to publicize his new thinking on this site to further our treasured free marketplace of ideas.