Now that you have finally come out and said how you really feel about aspects of the “Right“, I wish some of the people you pointed your finger to would do the same.
These past 8 years, the definition of “Conservatism” got real, real muddied. And you Charles, Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer, The Jawa Report and a host of you people became “voices of the Right”. Why? Because they cheered for War. Oh, and for some reason people started thinking they had some sort of Masters Degree in Islam because they read a few passages from the Koran. That’s all. And with that, the belief was that War and your hatred for Islam, meant you were a Conservative. When in fact, there’s nothing Conservative about War. ( I think Islam is a very dangerous religion, just for the record)
What amuses me about the whole “coming out” post is, he really only rips into three people who are the Real Right. Pat Buchanan, Lew Rockwell and Stacy McCain. The rest are a smörgåsbord of tyrants, control freaks, and “Johnny Come Lately’s” to the Conservative Movement. No wonder people have such a screwed up belief on what it means to be a Conservative. (Thank you George W. Bush)
So, Bravo to you Charles on “coming out”. Now I just wish some of the others would “come out” with ya.
Update: Rick Moran brings up a few good points in his post. And I do find myself in agreement with what hes saying. Especially about the “anti-intellectual” belief that does plague most of the Manufactured Right. This notion that the elected representatives need to talk like “Joe-Six pack” and not like someone who graduated from High School needs to stop.
But Rick goes off the rails , when he goes into agreement with Charles on the whole “Anti-Government” lunacy.
This anarcho-conservatism, where some kind of 19th century government is envisioned as the optimal solution to our problems, is a throwback to pre-Buckley days. It is unthinking, illogical, and oblivious to how the world has changed since the heyday of Robert Taft. Ultimately, it is a fearful kind of conservatism that can’t recognize or deal with change and seeks the safety of an idealized past.
Two things here: I don’t think the Manufactured Right wants some sort of “anarcho-conservatism”. That’s nonsense.Most of these people want George W. Bush’s Government back. Not some form of Constitutional Limited Government like they claim.
And I wonder how many people even know who Sen.Robert “Mr.Republican” Taft is today? I can almost guarantee that if you brought up Sen.Taft’s beliefs (I happen to agree with a lot of his stances) most Red Staters would think he was some anti-American liberal.
I have to say, this whole “Conservative Crack Up” is really interesting to watch.