“Conservatism” is not an abstract, timid ideology afraid to come to grips with the real world. Actually, observations of the real world gave birth to principled Conservatism.
“When a conservative states that the free market is the best mechanism ever devised by the mind of man to meet material needs, he is merely stating what a careful examination of the real world has told him is the truth.
When a conservative says that totalitarian Communism is an absolute enemy of human freedom he is not theorizing — he is reporting the ugly reality captured so unforgettably in the writings of Alexander Solzhenitsyn.
When a conservative says it is bad for the government to spend more than it takes in, he is simply showing the same common sense that tells him to come in out of the rain.”
Ronald Reagan February 6, 1977 CPAC Convention
Apparantly the problem these days is that common sense is just not that common.