David Warren wrote something I wish I had:

Neither a Marxist, nor a neoconservative (whatever that means), but still a militant Tory, I don’t believe in sides of history. It’s just one gigantic palpitating mess beyond the possibility of human comprehension, but we try to make the best of it as we go along. Principles there are, and none are relative, but there is the frequent embarrassment of competing principles, and sorting through their hierarchy of the moment requires something like prudence or tact.

Replace the word “Tory” with “Whig” or perhaps “Federalist,” and you’d get as close to my own thoughts as it’s possible to get.

And the whole column? Read it.