The Identity Crisis For Conservatives
We have heard the resounding voices of our patron saints from the Right lately that depart from the usual message of common
sense and advocacy of Liberty. They have become the 'new jingoist', defender of the State and 'revenging angel'. You know
of who they are: David Horowitz, Bill O'Reilly and Rush Limbaugh. They all claim to be Conservative. But what does that really
mean, especially in todays crisis environment?
Take the following Ideology Test for yourselves:
Ideology Selector TEST
Get a handle on where you stand! For the record, this pundit tops off as a 'paleolibertarian'.
With the race to establish
your credentials as red, white and blue; we read in their comments, hear and view in their programs a vigorous attack on those
who question the wisdom of our current world policy. David takes up the banner of his ancestral homeland, while Bill and Rush
equate those who urge restraint in response as having sympathy for crazed criminal madmen. To them, a pacifist is the same
as being a traitor. Does that then mean that the new test for a Patriot requires enthusiastic retribution and acceptance of
No one on the radar screen is arguing that accountability for those who trade in terror should
go unpunished. That conclusion is not up for debate. But the manner and means that are used to hold those responsible and
accountable, needs to be the focus of our national policy. As a People, Americans must seek justice through just ways. It
seems that President Bush has demonstrated more prudence, up to this point, than our new hawks of the machismo State.
None of us are surprised when 'Celebrities' discover their feelings for the victims of terror? But 'Stars' waving the
flag seems a little unsettling and out of place. Let's hope those recent images of all those limousine liberals are a sincere
reflection of true concern for country. Is this an about face for Julia Roberts and Robert Di Nero? Yes, "I'm talking
to YOU", Bobby . . . Some of us reserve judgment on their true motives, based upon a life's career of disingenuous good
citizenship. But when we see our own standard bearers abandoning their normal standards of rational assessment and sensible
prognostication, we become unnerved that the NYC destruction extends far beyond the twin towers.
Just what does it
mean to be a CONSERVATIVE in this brave new world? What is being conserved at this point, the defense of the principles that
has made America unique, or the government apparatus that is hell bent upon issuing national ID cards for all law abiding
citizens, tracking and reading our messages and restriction of our travel?
The solutions for legitimate security
needs should be obvious, but are being ignored. The risk that is real and requires action is on the home front. The fifth
column of illegal anarchists of a perverted cause, that resides among us, is the immanent danger to our way of life. Our efforts
to trace, track, isolate and repatriate those who have evaded the inadequate performance of the INS, is the most pressing
problem. Why not fill all those empty airline seats that are going begging, with those who have no intention of accepting
the duties and responsibilities of American citizenship. Our borders are open to every sorted element that means harm to your
country. The will to correct this glaring and evident invitation for further kamikaze attacks must become the primary task.
'Homeland Defense' IS the objective.
Deploying troops in hostile lands will not make American's safe in their own
homes. Don't confuse an appeal to resist the use of massive military might, as a rejection to bring those involved with the
evil deeds of a deranged murderer, to justice. Accountability is crucial, but so is real security based upon intelligent policy.
Our Conservative friends are trading their Libertarian inclinations for a tour of duty on the frontier. That is not
necessary or required to accomplish the objective that America wants, needs and deserves. When Rush says that a Pacifist is
a supporter of the Terrorist for not endorsing the mission of 'Infinite Justice', he does not deserve any 'dittos'. When O'Reilly
extols that dissenters are committing treason, he is not promoting 'Enduring Freedom'. Even the imbecile in the Pentagon who
selected the original assignment statement, corrected his error. Talk about adding fuel to a fire! Why can't the 'so called'
Conservative missionaries recognize that they are acting like 'closet champion' Statists?
When the Stars sang 'God
Bless America', I did not hear Kate Smith singing. Now I'm hearing from the 'twisted trio' the sounds of Strangelove McNamara.
Haven't we heard this record before? Did we not learn that you cannot force a false allegiance upon people when they know
that the underlying policy is immoral? If this is the new face of Conservatism, it is leaving behind the very principles that
have earned it the respect of men of good will.
We should be the defenders of traditional values, and resist becoming
the 'Ugly American'. Patriotism is defined as: "Love of and devotion to ones country". Just what is the duty of
a loyal citizen when her country discards fundamental principles? This is one time to listen to the appropriate paraphrase
of that 'Cajun Scoundrel' James Carvell. "It is about the failed Foreign Policy, STUPID" !!! Now that you have taken
the TEST, what are you; my fellow Conservative friend, and what are you going to do about it?
SARTRE - September