This is a fascinating article that describes how conservatism can adopt to a changing nation and still remain true to its core tenets. In a world where conservatives are often derided as out of touch, this article provides interesting insight into how conservatism can become relevant again.
The past few years have put the size and role of government at center stage of our national politics. But the raging debates about how much Washington is doing and spending have involved almost exclusively yes-or-no questions about the left’s vision of government. The right has been very clear about what government should not be doing, or should be doing much less of, but it has not had nearly enough to say about just what government *should *do. > > It is not hard to see why. The Obama years have set a high-water mark for the size and reach of the federal government, including a post-World War II record for federal spending as a percentage of gross domestic product at 25.2% (for comparison, the post-war average has been 19.8%). The United States has amassed more than $6 trillion in debt since January 2009. Prior to Obama, no president had submitted a budget with a trillion-dollar deficit; he has submitted four of them. And even as the administration’s projections for the coming years promise smaller deficits, they also promise a larger and more expensive government than Americans have ever seen… [Read more](http://www.nationalaffairs.com/publications/detail/a-conservative-vision-of-government "A Conservative Vision of Government"). > >