Baseball Crank is worried about the revival of small-r republicanism on the Right.
“An old idea idea is back in fashion on the American right: small-r republicanism. Its revival may be a healthy thing with deep American roots, but adopting it as a ruling ethos also presents dangers to important conservative values.
There are four basic pillars of the American way: Our system is democratic because the government answers to the people, republican because we have no king, liberal because we recognize civil and economic liberty, and constitutional because the rules are written down and bind the government. One can add to that list the three key and interrelated structural features of American governance: It is federal, dividing power vertically between different levels of government; it is separated, dividing power horizontally between different branches of government with distinct functions; and it is deliberative, because the vertical and horizontal divisions and the existence of a written constitution combine to make it difficult to produce abrupt and sweeping change.
Among all of these values, republicanism may sound the least relevant to today, when monarchy is out of fashion in most of the world, and scarcely anybody in the Western world still professes faith in the underlying assumption that governing power is divinely ordained to be handed down by hereditary birthright rather than earned through some form of popular sovereignty or proven merit. But to early Americans, republicanism as an ideological concept meant something broader than “no more kings.” …”
For those who have been paying close attention, this has always been my position. The problem with the American experiment is specifically liberalism. It has gone haywire and crowded out every other aspect of American identity.
I support the White race. I support Anglo-Saxon culture. I’m an Anglo-Protestant Christian. I support republicanism. I believe in liberty which is self government by sovereign states. I don’t want to live under a fascist dictatorship with a centralized and consolidated government. I want to live under a free government with a Christian culture with racial and ethnic boundaries that anchor the government and keep it stable. I resent liberals for jettisoning those boundaries and thus deracinating our people, degenerating our culture and redistributing power from the states and local communities to unaccountable federal bureaucracies staffed by progressives.
Baseball Crank identifies with the Lincolnian tradition of conserving liberalism. He is a right liberal or conservative liberal from New York City. My ancestors were Confederates who fought to conserve the republican tradition of self government and states’ rights. They fought against the triumph of liberalism.
Every disaster that the Confederates predicted would spring from a centralized and consolidated national government in which 19th century liberalism would reign supreme under a “New Birth of Freedom” has come true and then some. We’re not saying anything new.