About Political Policy

Political Policy was launched on the auspicious date of July 4, 2009. Its mission is to advance traditional conservatism and preserve America’s First Principles.

Political Policy animates it's mission principally in a three fold manner. First by evaluating matters of public policy to determine whether they promote or undermine America’s First Principles and its conservative legacy. Second, by holding accountable the views and actions of public officials and those candidates seeking public office to uphold America's First Principles when crafting or enacting public policy. Third, by exposing the ideological agendas of public officials and candidates seeking public office who oppose America’s founding Principles and its cause of order, justice and freedom.

Political Policy will also opine on how American society at large has greatly benefited from America’s grand conservative traditions. Russell Kirk represents these traditions in his essay What Are American Traditions,
“…we may take for examples of American traditions such received opinions as the following: belief in a spiritual order which in some fashion governs our mundane order; belief in political self government; belief in the importance to human persons of certain natural private rights; belief in the value of marriage and the family.”

Aristotle defined First Principles as “the first basis from which a thing is known”. America's First Principles are enumerated within the Declaration of Independence, which is the document that defines the basis for America's founding. The Declaration identifies America's First Principles as:

  • a respect for the rule of law. 
  • the recognition that all persons are created equal and are naturally endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, among these being life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. 
  • that governments are instituted by the people and derives its just powers from the consent of the governed. 
  • the principle of limited government, which means that the legitimate purpose of government is the protection of unalienable rights and the government is to be strong enough to fulfill that purpose, yet limited solely to that purpose. 

The Declaration also empowers the people to the extent that if ever "any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government."

Political Policy's conservative philosophy is grounded in the beliefs of Edmund Burke, the father of conservative thought, and Russell Kirk who is widely regarded as the principal founder of the modern American conservative movement. Russell Kirk distinguished conservatism not as an ideology but as a body of principles by stating, “The attitude we call conservatism is sustained by a body of sentiments, rather than by a system of ideological dogmata”, and his magnum opus The Conservative Mind revived and brought to light the principles of conservatism. In his book The Politics of Prudence Kirk portrays the thoughtful conservative in the following passage,

"... the intelligent conservative endeavors to reconcile the claims of Permanence and the claims of Progression. He thinks that the liberal and the radical, blind to the just claims of Permanence, would endanger the heritage bequeathed to us, in an endeavor to hurry us into some dubious Terrestrial Paradise. The conservative, in short, favors reasoned and temperate progress; he is opposed to the cult of Progress, whose votaries believe that everything new necessarily is superior to everything old.”

Therefore the true conservative weighs both permanence and change through the lens of an enduring moral order.

William F. Buckley, Jr., the founder of National Review magazine in 1955 and host of the debate program Firing Line from 1966 to 1999, coalesced the thoughts of Russell Kirk and other conservative leaning thinkers. Using both National Review and Firing Line as his platforms, Mr. Buckley pioneered the integration of disparate conservative and libertarian philosophies as a means to combat the liberal and progressive/socialist ideologies and policies that undermine America's social, political and economic fabric. From the college campus to Main street Mr. Buckley is arguably solely responsible for popularizing conservatism. One cannot overstate Mr. Buckley's vast contributions toward proselytizing the virtues of conservatism for sustaining good government, and Political Policy will look to his legacy as a beacon to guide its mission.


Traditional conservatism and the First Principles enshrined in the Declaration of Independence are the lifeblood of America’s founding. If America’s political leaders refuse to recognize and affirm them when crafting public policy then the America we love, admire and treasure will become an America we long for.

Political Policy will be diligent in its efforts to uphold and preserve America's First Principles, it's rich conservative heritage, and contribute to the good cause for shaping the narrative toward affirming the traditions and principles that are the inspirational bedrock for America’s founding.

As a final thought, to paraphrase President John F. Kennedy, as you move through life always be aware of the reality and the truth, not the perception and the myth.

Thank you for visiting Political Policy and I welcome your comments.

Dennis Gallagher
Founder and editor, Political Policy


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