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Faux Conservatism: Fox Gets It Wrong

On the November 14 segment of its five-part series, "The Right All Along: The Rise, Fall and Future of Conservatism," Fox News leveled a sustained blast at The John Birch Society, while bestowing accolades on the late William F. Buckley for "expelling" the Birchers from the conservative movement. Amidst old newsreel footage of the Cold War and interviews chronicling the rise of Richard Nixon, Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan, the Fox documentary resurrected hoary charges that seem to have obsessed Buckley for the better part of half a century.


It goes beyond that. Not only conservative Republicans, but also Ron Paul supporters, Tea Partyers, Libertarians, and Independents of varied hues have come to realize that George W. and his GOP enablers in Congress are but the latest in a long line of Republicans stretching back to Eisenhower and Nixon who talked the talk but never walked the walk. That is, they never fulfilled GOP campaign pledges and party platforms concerning rolling back the statist accretions that have been plaguing our Republic, eroding our freedoms, and destroying our prosperity since (at least) FDR's New Deal.


Unfortunately, this deranged view was not simply a passing theoretical hiccup from a recently minted and still callow Yale graduate; as we shall see, Buckley continued to hew to this line over the decades, though he learned to camouflage it in acceptable conservative-sounding rhetoric most of the time. In order to fight communist totalitarianism, according to Buckley, one must accept Big Government and adopt totalitarian ways.



Thoughts? Are you opposed to the new "conservativism" that Bush and his Admin stood for? What about the old style conservativism which emphasized small government and liberty?


Asked by Gal51 at 3:05 PM on Nov. 25, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Gal, I would say Ron Paul is an example of traditional conservatism. Which makes it ironic that the supposed conservative party won't fully support him.

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 6:46 PM on Nov. 25, 2010

  • Bush was not conservative enough, but I don't quite get your implication on the title.

    Answer by Carpy at 3:29 PM on Nov. 25, 2010

  • "Using religion and politics to fake moral blah, blah, blah..." That's mighty big talk coming from a person that thinks 911 was faked and condones all the nasty politics that her beloved left wingers are doing.

    Answer by pvtjokerus at 6:58 PM on Nov. 25, 2010

  • The guy that wrote the article, William F. Jasper joined the staff of the John Birch Society in 1976. They changed their name to the New America. He is now senior editor. I don't believe much of anything he writes.


    Answer by Natesmom507 at 12:41 AM on Nov. 26, 2010

  • Your confusing your left wing nuts

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 7:04 PM on Nov. 25, 2010

  • Gal,

    Are you a Bircher? I hope not.

    I have been watching The Right All Along, Fox has been reporting it right.


    Answer by Natesmom507 at 1:03 AM on Nov. 26, 2010

  • Gal, the last several years the republican party has moved center left while the democrat party has fallen off the edge of the bell curve. JFK would be a republican by today's standards. If you study the policies and beliefs of JFK and GWB you would find they have a lot in common. I am not a fan of Ron Paul outside of economically. He is to much of an isolationist.

    Answer by Carpy at 10:38 PM on Nov. 25, 2010

  • Make that center right not left.

    Answer by Carpy at 10:39 PM on Nov. 25, 2010

  • Sweets .... so how do you compare with the old style conservatism?

    Comment by Gal51 (original poster) at 3:28 PM on Nov. 25, 2010

  • The title is the title of the article .... "faux" meaning fake .... Fox News apparently ran a piece on "conservatism" but instead of focusing on the ideals of the Constitution and Republic, it focused on the ideal of Neo-Cons like Bush et al.

    Comment by Gal51 (original poster) at 3:31 PM on Nov. 25, 2010