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?
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 6:46 PM on Nov. 25, 2010
Answer by Carpy at 3:29 PM on Nov. 25, 2010
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
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 7:04 PM on Nov. 25, 2010
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
Answer by Carpy at 10:38 PM on Nov. 25, 2010
Answer by Carpy at 10:39 PM on Nov. 25, 2010