The Neocon Con
By Jerry A. Kane
Bend your ears boys and girls for another of Baron von Münch-Kane’s once-spun yarns and twice-told tales.
During the recent debt ceiling debacle, a GOP clown car driven by Florida congressman Alan West blindsided a Tea Party Express bus as it tried to make a u-turn on the road to Serfdom. Although most conservative opinion makers at Fox News, on talk radio, and in the gatekeeper media were quick to denounce the tea party and the 22 Republicans onboard for the mishap, the subsequent S & P downgrade followed by a tanking stock market suggests that West and the 20 Republican passengers who signed a pledge not to vote for a debt increase were at fault for traveling at breakneck speed in the left lane toward Serfdom.
Remember boys and girls, those same conservative opinion makers denounced tea party members and Goldwater/Reagan conservatives back in April for demanding that House Speaker John “Tammy Faye” Boehner man-up and fight the Ruler and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for actual spending cuts and serious debt reduction. The conservative opinion makers then told them to be patient and wait for the coming big battle to raise the debt limit. So the tea party and the grass roots backed off and waited for the debt ceiling battle.
In the midst of the battle, Boehner dumped the “Cut, Cap and Balance” plan (which cut spending in 2012, installed spending caps, required the debt limit debate be revisited in 2012, and mandated a Balanced Budget Amendment) to hand Reid a vehicle that he could quickly gut, modify, and dump back on the House for approval before the August 2 “drop dead” deadline, the last day the government would be able to borrow money.
Congress passed the Boehner/Reid compromise, and the conservative opinion makers descended en masse maligning and marginalizing the legislation’s critics as “hardliners” and “purists” who don’t understand that change in Washington can’t happen overnight. Again tea party members and Goldwater/Reagan conservatives were told to wait, but this time they were commanded to wait for the 2012 election.
Once again the tea party and the grass-roots had been sucker punched by people who they thought were on the same side of the political divide. They were maligned and marginalized by Republicans, Party leaders, and conservative opinion makers, yet they were the ones “more sinn’d against than sinning“:
- Didn’t 77 of the 87 incoming Republicans, who promised to cut government spending but voted instead to increase it, deceive them?
- Didn’t only 10 of the freshmen actually keep their pledge and refuse to go along with Boehner’s business-as-usual compromise?
- Didn’t the conservative opinion makers, whose opinions they had valued and trusted, tell the nation that they were obtuse and self-destructive?
- And didn’t these opinion makers diagnose them suicidal for demanding the Republicans they put in office keep their pledge and campaign promises to cut taxes, downsize government, and stop funding ObamaCare?
It’s time tea party members and Goldwater/Reagan conservatives learn why they were unfairly smeared and come to grips with the fact that most of the Republicans they elected to office, the GOP leadership, and the conservative opinion makers are not traditional conservatives. They are Leo Strauss/Irving Kristol neoconservative statists who revere the increased taxes, regulation, and wealth redistribution of the post–New Deal welfare state. In fact, they deride the country’s founding principles of individual rights, limited government, and free markets as outdated.
“Neoconservatives … generally admire President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his heavily interventionist New Deal policies.”
Neocons “favor globalism, downplay religious issues and differences, are unlikely to actively oppose abortion and homosexuality.” Like their leftist Democrat counterparts, they are statists who want to regulate virtually all areas of human thought and action. They also support a managed economy, government regulations, and totalitarian control over peoples’ moral and spiritual lives.
Statists believe that a centralized government should have the power to intervene in personal, social, and economic matters to solve society’s problems. Admittedly, liberalism is now a muddled term, but at one time liberalism placed individual liberty and personal freedom as central tenants of representative democracy. It held that individual rights (negative liberty) to private property, freedom of speech, and freedom of religion superseded collective rights (positive liberty) and should never be sacrificed to the totalitarian notion of the “common good.”
Even though neocons hold leadership positions in the Republican Party, they don’t totally control the party because not all Republicans march in lockstep with the neocon’s statist agenda. But the same can’t be said for the Democrat Party. Leftist and progressive Democrats completely control the party, which means that all Democrats must fall on the sword to advance the party’s statist agenda.
Although so-called Blue Dog Democrats from right-leaning states and districts mouth support for the unborn or for the Second Amendment, they will cave and vote the way their party leaders tell them when their vote is needed to pass pro-abortion or gun control legislation.
When Democrat Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi needed Bart Stupak’s vote to pass ObamaCare, which mandates taxpayer funding of abortion, the Michigan Congressman sacrificed his pro-life principles for his party. In the Senate, pro-life senators Ben Nelson (D-Ne.) and Bob Casey (D-Pa.) also cast aside their pro-life principles to pass ObamaCare. And most recently, when Harry Reid needed a bloc vote, West Virginia’s pro-life Senator Joe Manchin cast his vote to oppose repeal of Obamacare.
Make no mistake about it though, neoconservatives are a greater threat to individual liberty and America’s Republican form of government than are leftist progressive Democrats because the neocons are statists within the ranks posing as conservatives.
To keep the country from falling to the statist hordes, Tea party members and Goldwater/Reagan conservatives must first acknowledge the neocon con. Then they can begin to rid the party of neocons and expose the neocon punditry to the light of day.
“Better red than dead” may be an acceptable alternative for some, but the nation’s Founders never looked on tyranny as a tolerable option.