Former Oklahoma Congressman Mickey Edwards has written a just-released book called “Reclaiming Conservatism.”
Edwards, a Republican who represented the Oklahoma City area in Congress from 1977 to 1993, has taught at Harvard and Princeton and is now with the educational Aspen Institute.
He was a Reagan conservative and, when he was defeated for reelection, was chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee.
Edwards said in a recent e-mail, “For 40 years _ in Congress and in the conservative movement _ I’ve been described as a ‘conservative’ leader.
“But today, ‘conservative’ has come to stand for ideas and policies that are the antithesis of what conservatives once stood for.
“A political movement that based its beliefs on the fundamental principles of the Constitutution, limited government, divided power and citizen rights now too often champions just the opposite: an all-powerful presidency, an acquiescent Congress, government secrecy, federal wiretaps without a court order or judicial oversight and virtually no limits on the intrusive reach of government.
“Conservatives, who were once the strongest advocates for American liberties and constitutional guarantees, have today become a threat to the very principles that have made America exceptional and that they once embraced.”
My office mate, editorial writer Mark Green, is scheduled to do a video interview with Edwards on Monday. The interview will be posted on newsok.com