"Conservatism is alive and well in America: don't let anyone tell you differently. And by conservatism, I don't mean the warmed-over "raise your right hand if you believe..." kind of conservatism we see blooming every election cycle. No. I'm speaking of the conservatism grounded in principles based upon enduring truths: an underestimating of the importance of human nature in the affairs of individuals and nations. Respect for the lessons of history, the importance of faith and tradition. The understanding that while man is prone to err, he is capable of great things when not subjugated by a too-powerful government."
-Fred Thompson, writing at Townhall.com