Always To The Right / Never To The Left
Regular readers of these Dispatches know that I have a great admiration for Winston Churchill.
I believe he is one of the greatest men in History.
However, he is just a man and, therefore, not perfect [nor would he have ever claimed to be unlike a certain jug-eared Nancy-Boy I won’t name].
One of his most famous quips is this:
If you’re not a liberal at twenty you have no heart, if you’re not a conservative at forty you have no brain.
I have always been uncomfortable with this statement, because that was not my experience. I have always been on the Right. The worst I ever drifted off the reservation was when I flirted with Objectivism in the mid-1980’s — and that relationship never even got to second base.
Another reason this statement bothers me: people who make the journey from the Left to the Right never seem to fully free themselves from that original and perverse way of thinking [this is especially evident in the original Neo-Conservatives].
I’ve just discovered that M. Stanton Evans is more on the ball* in this matter than Mr. Churchill:
I’ve always felt that anyone who has his head screwed on right should be conservative when he is young and, as he gets older, become more and more conservative.
What was your experience [I sound like Dr. Helen now, I know]?
*That link will take you to a well-done review of Mr. Evans’s
new book: Stalin’s Secret Agents: The Subversion of