Another ‘natural conservative’ has publicly recanted. Here’s Thomas E. Ricks, “journalist who writes on defense topics“, in Politico:
In my late 50s, at a time of life when most people are supposed to be drifting into a cautious conservatism, I am surprised to find myself moving steadily leftward…
…[S]ince leaving newspapers, I have again and again found myself shifting to the left in major areas such as foreign policy and domestic economic policy. I wonder whether others of my generation are similarly pausing, poking up their heads from their workplaces and wondering just what happened to this country over the last 15 years, and what do to about it….
His triggers include Iraq (“I believe that the invasion of Iraq was wrong, not only launched on false premises but also strategically foolish”), torture (“I never expected my country to endorse torture”), “intelligence officials run amok”, “growing income inequality”, and gun massacres… among others.
… Not long ago, when I mentioned my unease to an old friend who is a Pentagon official—not in a political job but a professional one—he surprised me by confessing that he was feeling the same way. Exploring the thought, he mentioned in particular how disturbed he had been by the trend of “stand your ground” laws that seem to permit angry white men to gun down black youth who frighten them.
Where might this all lead? I am no better at predicting the future than anyone else. I think there are many others like me who are just as puzzled about where our country is at now, and how we got here. No doubt there are many reasons, though I believe there are clear signs that the Reagan Revolution, which made incentive-oriented, free-market solutions the default mode of both parties, is now finally petering out. I anticipate calls for more federal intervention, especially in areas where the public good is suffering, such as transportation and the cost of higher education. We may yet see a leftish generation of senior citizens, a group of aging Baby Boomers who can make common cause with a squeezed middle class and a generation of millennials whose careers have been damaged by the Great Recession while the top 1 percent have grown even wealthier…
Remember — this is in Politico, not the Nation or Mother Jones.
Apart from sensing a shift in the prevailing winds (and, of course, wishing our Blogmaster better luck), what’s on the agenda for the day?