Only Love Can Rebuild the GOP

A Post-Trump Republican Party Needs People Who Care About the Party to lead it after the horror of Donald Trump.

Dennis Sanders

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I’ve always been a bit of a squish when it comes to being on the center right. In Canada and the UK, I would probably be considered a “Red Tory” since I tend to have a more communitarian and paternalistic view of government that doesn’t always jive with the more libertarian nature of conservatism in America.

It was in that mindset that I remember reading A Conservatism Revisted by Peter Viereck. Viereck is considered one of the early intellectual leaders of the modern conservative movement beginning in the 1940s until the early 60s. In the book, he used the Austrian Prince Klemens Von Metternich as his quintessential conservative. Viereck was more in favor of a “liberal conservatism” that is found in European conservative parties like the Conservatives in the UK or the Christian Democrats in Germany. I remember reading the book and felt I was reading the diary of a long-lost relative. This was someone who was conservative but shared some of my beliefs on the role of government.

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Dennis Sanders

Middle-aged Midwesterner. I write about religion, politics and culture. Podcast: churchandmain.org newsletter: https://churchandmain.substack.com/