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The Politics of Reality
National Review Online, by William Bennett

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Posted By:duhem, 2/4/2013 10:00:10 AM

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following text is adapted from Secretary Bennett’s speech delivered at National Review Institute’s summit on the future of conservatism on January 27, 2013. Good evening. It was National Review’s eminence, Bill Buckley, who described conservatism as the politics of reality. Let’s look reality square in the eye. Let me tell you some things that I think are true. 1. First, two honest looks back and a word of encouragement.

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For those who aren´t political "kooks", an encouraging word.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: trapper, 2/4/2013 10:35:18 AM     (No. 9157357)

Thanks. I needed that.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: tomishere, 2/4/2013 11:26:04 AM     (No. 9157486)

Waiting for him to be called a RINO 4,3,2,1,

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Reply 3 - Posted by: MattMusson, 2/4/2013 3:42:20 PM     (No. 9158107)

He is right that we should not allow ourselves to be cynical. But it is SO hard.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Hammock, 2/4/2013 4:26:17 PM     (No. 9158213)

I remember when he was "Drug Czar" of Washington, DC.

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Posted By: duhem- 2/4/2013 10:00:10 AM     Post Reply
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following text is adapted from Secretary Bennett’s speech delivered at National Review Institute’s summit on the future of conservatism on January 27, 2013. Good evening. It was National Review’s eminence, Bill Buckley, who described conservatism as the politics of reality. Let’s look reality square in the eye. Let me tell you some things that I think are true. 1. First, two honest looks back and a word of encouragement.

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