Quote For The Day

Andrew Sullivan —  Sep 20 2011 @ 10:34am

"Serious conservatives are not essentially imperialists—they are realists, they work with the material at hand, however flawed it may be. In a perfect world Burke and Metternich may not have wanted empire; but empire was an established fact in imperfect reality. An empire restrained by tradition was preferable to the conflagrations of liberal imperialism or nationalism. American conservatives today face a twofold challenge: to constrain our county’s imperial ambitions within the bounds of reality while preparing for a post-imperial future," – Daniel McCarthy's contribution to a symposium on conservatism and empire post-9/11.