Dreher, a columnist for the Dallas Morning News, devout Catholic, local farming enthusiast, free market evangelist and homeschooling dad, lays out a philosophy of traditional conservative values that he largely attributes to Russell Kirk . The main premise of being a "Crunchy Conservative" is living for "Permanent Things" including family, good of the community and faith. Page after page, I wanted to shout, "Yes and Amen! This is the way life, community, country should be."
If you have ever pondered these issues, Crunchy Cons is worth a read. It will cause you to toss out all modern American definitions of liberal and conservative. While the book offers no answer on who to vote for this November, it does cause the willing reader to examine his or her allegiances, beliefs and daily practices. This work has taken its place among my favorite books because as Dreher quotes Victor Hugo, "There is nothing so powerful as an idea whose time has come."