Date registered: Sep 2004
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Has the conservative movement collapsed?
Interesting statement by conservative columnist David Frum caught my eye, he says that conservatives are no longer a political movement, they have become instead what he calls a "disaffected class", much like the people who go to tent rivals and such. It is his reasoning for the rise of illogical apoclyptic morons like Glenn Beck as their new leaders, philosophical leadership has evaporated, replaced by some psuedo-populism that simply allows those who know how to exploit such things to make a lot of money, while in the end insuring the continual downward slide of the conservative movement as a political force. It has become a movement of prayer cloths and divine miracles where the cripple get up and walk [Sara Palin will be president!] , and is otherwise simply spent as a political force. I have never seen them in such disarray. This week's circus of the "non-budget budget" and the continuing bizarre behavior of Michael Steele, the GOP national chairman are indictative of their general state: chaos.
We see it at work here on this forum. So called "conservatives" here post thread after thread attacking [the devil] incessantly, yet never seem to have a thread about any alternative. Past miracles are invoked, and the tent show preacher passed the hat over at Fox News and on the Limbaugh show. Meanwhile, those who used to form the intelligensia of the Right are being pushed further and further away. You read Buckley, Frum, Brock and you think you are read the Huffington Post nowadays. The DailyBeast.com, what was supposed to be a conservative intelligensia blog, has become one of my favorite reads, as they attack Palin and Gingrich as much as they do Obama, (my favorite Chris Buckley quote: "One of the main figures of the Republican Party is a fellow named "Joe the Plumber", who seems to be running on a platform that what this country needs is a good plungering, is emblematic of the intellectual collapse of the GOP"). Has the "conservative" movement finally split in two, into the RWNJ (and increasingly neo-fascist) set lead by the talk show hosts, and into a McCain faction of disaffected intelligentsia? This could be the doom of the GOP, many of them are wondering that exact point out loud these days.
Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.
-President Barack Obama, 1st Inaugural address
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