What Happened to the Real Conservatives? by thefifthseal


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									What Happened to the Real Conservatives?
Ron Paul, an outspoken Texas congressman, is demanding to know: Where
have all the real conservatives gone?
   The so-called conservative movement of the last 20 years, starting with the Reagan
revolution of the 1980s, followed by the 1994 Gingrich takeover of the House, and
culminating in the early 2000s with Republican control of both Congress and the White
House, seems a terrible failure today.
   Republicans have failed utterly to shrink the size of government; instead it is bigger
and costlier than ever before. Federal spending spirals out of control, new Great Society
social welfare programs have been created, and the national debt is rising by more than a
half trillion dollars per year.
   Whatever happened to the conservative vision supposedly sweeping the nation?
   One thing is certain: those who worked and voted for less government - the very foot
soldiers in the conservative revolution - have been deceived. Today, the ideal of limited
government has been abandoned by the GOP, and real conservatives find their views no
longer matter.
   True limited government conservatives have been co-opted by the rise of the neo-
conservatives in Washington.
   Their views dominate American domestic and foreign policy today, as their ranks
include many of the president’s closest advisors.
   They have successfully moved the Republican Party away from the Goldwater-era
platform of frugal government at home and nonintervention abroad, toward a big
government world empire mentality more reminiscent of Herbert Hoover or Woodrow
Wilson. In doing so, they have proven that their ideas are neither new nor conservative.
   Modern neo-conservatives are not necessarily monolithic in their views, but they
generally can be described as follows:

 They agree with Trotsky’s idea of a permanent revolution;

 They identify strongly with the writings of Leo Strauss;

  They express no opposition to the welfare state, and will expand it to win votes and

 They believe in a powerful federal government;

  They believe the ends justify the means in politics and that hardball politics is a moral

 They believe lying is necessary for the state to survive;

  They believe certain facts should be known only by the political elite, and withheld from
the general public;
  They believe in preemptive war and the naked use of military force to achieve any
desired ends;

  They openly endorse the idea of an American empire, and hence unapologetically call
for imperialism;

 They are very willing to use force to impose “American” ideals;

 They scoff at the Founding Fathers’ belief in neutrality in foreign affairs;

 They believe 9/11 resulted from a lack of foreign entanglements, not from too many;

  They are willing to redraw the map of the Middle East by force, while unconditionally
supporting Israel’s Likud Party;

  They view civil liberties with suspicion, as unnecessary restrictions on the federal

 They despise libertarians;

 They dismiss any argument based on constitutional grounds.

    Those who love liberty, oppose unjustified war and resent Big-Brother government
must identify the philosophy that is influencing policy today.
    If the neo-conservatives are wrong - and I believe they are - we must demonstrate this
to the American people, and offer an alternative philosophy that is both morally superior
and produces better results in terms of liberty and prosperity.
    It is time for true conservatives to retake the conservative movement.

Written in 2003 by
Colonel Donn de Grand Pre’, U.S. Army (retired)
+ 24 January, 2009

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