Hazony is a professor of Hebrew Scripture, so it would be wrong to accuse the man of not knowing what he’s talking about. But I have problems with Hazony’s interpretation and his takeaway from the experiences of Ancient Israel. Simply put, I don’t think the Scripture leads to Hazony’s conclusions, nor do I think they offer insight into how we ought to order our politics in the present day.
This is because conservative is more than a party, a set of leaders, or even a collection of policies. It is an intellectual and ideological tradition, which in many ways transcends politics.
History tells us that caution and patience are virtues. The Alabama law throws both to the wind, accomplishing little in practice except giving ammunition to those who seek to maintain abortion. It is a warning that we in the anti-abortion movement are ready to fight. However, I am less concerned with fighting than winning, and the Alabama ban is not how we are going to do that.