July 5, 2013 at 6:00 AM
The Conservative reform movement
Republican reform is an oxymoron
E.J. Dionne’s column suggests that the Republican Party may be turning back to the ideas of Edmund Burke, “a philosopher as well as a politician.” [“The original conservative reformer,” Opinion, July 2.]
Dionne suggests that Republicans may “have grown impatient with a thin doctrine that sees lower taxes, smaller government and deregulation as the solution to every problem we confront.”
We hope he is right. But the real leaders of the GOP are still men like Dick Cheney, Karl Rove and Mitt Romney, whose laissez-faire ideology (calling it a philosophy does it too much credit) will always be that the only proper function of government is to leave business free to make and keep the maximum profit the market will bear, regardless of the resulting social damage.
What Dionne calls a “thin doctrine” is in fact the sacred core of their political faith; what he calls “reform” is creeping socialism to them.
Robert and Susan Stanton, Seattle
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