[Found this one via HotAir]
Speaking at CPAC, a remarkably well spoken 13 year old young man named Jonathan Krohn gets his three minutes to attempt to define conservatism. He does a pretty good job, and not just for a 13 year old.
He makes the point that I try to make: that conservatism does not mean Republican, the former being a philosophy and the latter being a “shell” as he called it. And the Republicans certainly proved under Bush (spending like drunken liberals) that their party label does not necessarily guarantee conservatism in the way that it once did. Of course, when I have this discussion about the relationship between conservative and Republican it is typically in the context of trying to figure out what the word “conservative” really means and whether I am one. In the grand scheme of things, I would consider myself to be conservative but I do disagree with the Republicans on many topics. I am slowly ruminating my way to a post about what “Conservative” means and how “conservatives” need to expand their tent a little bit if they are going to counter the welfare state collectivism of the Democrats.
The young Mr Krohn also appeared on FoxNews, talking about 2012. He is more optimistic than I, but he has some good points:
As always, I hope that Newt will run in 2012. I still have my Newt ’08 stickers and I may cut out the “08” and patch in “12”. Can you imagine how the debates would have been different had Obama gone up against the brilliant, articulate, and relevantly-educated former speaker? That would have been fun.