“The old conservatism of smaller government, tax cuts and reduced spending . . .
“That old conservatism was deeply pertinent to its era and philosophically right, but it is not fully in line with the crises of our time or its reigning facts . . .
“The federal government will not become smaller or less expensive in our lifetimes . . .
“But beyond that fact is something bigger. America needs help right now and Americans know it. It has been enduring for many years a continuing cultural catastrophe — illegitimacy, the decline of faith, low family formation, child abuse and neglect, drugs, inadequate public education, etc. All this exists alongside an entertainment culture on which the poor and neglected are dependent, and which is devoted to violence, sex and nihilism . . .
“America to my mind is what Pope Francis said the church was: a field hospital after battle. We are a beautiful and great nation but a needy, torn-up one in need of repair.”
— PEGGY NOONAN, Speechwriter and special assistant to President Ronald Reagan
From the WALL STREET JOURNAL, May 4-5, 2019, p. A13