A reader writes:

I am the daughter of immigrants and while I’m fond of the motherland, my home and heart have always been here in America.  I was raised a Catholic though saying so seems to get harder and harder every year, especially after the new pope’s arrival.  To my great regret, I voted for Bush in 2000, and because of my country’s actions in the last 8 years, I’ve lost a little of that blinding love for America that I’ve held since childhood.  I have now become too liberal to remain a conservative and remain too much a conservative to be liberal.

As I start my approach into middle age, I’ve contemplated the same institutions you have and wondered if the tarnish was always there and I was just too naïve to see it.  And if so, what does that say about me?  But at the same time, to know that there are other people out there, people who are starting to see the world as it is, makes me feel less isolated.


A couple days ago I wrote to you saying that much like one of my other favorite "conservative" thinkers, Chantal Delsol, you often drive me crazy. After reading your frank post, I was re-reading a bit of Icarus Fallen and came across this passage in a chapter called "Return of an Uncertain World":

"The profound ruptures that today affect our societies are signs of 'limit-situations' to come.  But the very nature of this type of situation is beyond the grasp of our culture and its categories.  We have become used to considering the defense of the most minimal interests to be essential, and so we cannot accept the breakup caused by global changes.  We have become conservative out of sheer blindness."

But can we be conservatives with our eyes open?

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