Dan Riehl wrote a couple of posts earlier this year that are worth examining. Here's the second one first.
Bush 43 was correct, there's more than enough evidence to conclude there is no genuine Conservative Movement in America today; mostly, it's a term of art to define a fairly lucrative industry. Had there been … there would be at least one, if not more top notch conservatives running for President this year and the self-professed leaders of said movement would be leading something, as opposed to running book clubs, now fatted institutions and selling speeches to anyone interested in hearing them discuss Republican politics and some ideals they … don't even fight for when it comes down to it.
[A]mong those who chose to answer the question: Is there a crisis in the conservative movement? Reason's Nick Gillespie is by far the most honest and accurate, while making the most sense.
At least since the election of St. Ronald Reagan, self-styled conservatives have repeatedly revealed themselves to be the biggest frauds or most delusional suckers in American politics. Conservatives ostensibly believe in limited government … But under Reagan and, more recently, George W. Bush and a Republican Congress that spent like LBJ on a bourbon-fueled bender, they cheered an immense increase not just in federal outlays and borrowing but also in centralization of power in Washington.
National Republicans Online editor Rich Lowry tells us there is no crisis in the movement today. Of course not, because there is no genuine movement and the only crisis that might gain Lowry's attention would be if NRO's donations took a nose dive. Does anyone believe Lowry is leading anything today that does anything but give Republicans a more right-leaning alternative to what progressive Democrats are trying to do at any point in time … ?
[I]f the 2012 primary tells us anything, it is that, effectively, there is no genuine organized grassroots conservative movement in America today and the vast majority of those in Washington portrayed as leaders of some imagined conservative movement are little more than Republican Party toadies …
Riehl is right. GWB was right too. There is no conservative movement. All that exists today are a bunch of people who willingly prostitute themselves for the Republican Party - a diabolically corrupt institution that has done everything in its power to destroy American liberty.
Stand on principle? C'mon now, that's so lame. Besides, partisanship is way more important! Conservative ideals can wait for another day. We can keep kicking the can down the road. Right now we gotta "Sock It to the Left!"
Same as it ever was … same as it ever was … and America keeps drifting to the left.
Here's the first.
If the least conservative candidate, Romney is also viewed as the most electable, then these conservative bloggers (I didn't participate) don't even believe in what they purport to believe in enough to fight for it, and or they think conservatism is a losing proposition. What the hell is the point of blogging if that's how you feel? You're not interested in advancing your own agenda, you're only interested in spouting off about your victim status. Go the hell away and leave the blogging to people willing to fight for what they believe in, not whine because you're a candy-assed mainstream media kool-aid drinking loser.
Conservative bloggers? There aren't too many of them. There sure are a lot of Republican bloggers though. Case in point: blogs4mittens.com.
In 1964, Romney was the enemy. Yet today we're supposed to collectively get behind Willard "the liberal" Romney??? … So much for advancing your own agenda, eh? Hookin' for the GOP is much more fun!
But it's not productive.
The DC Leviathan has continued to grow in size, scope and cost every single day of my life. Republicans have done nothing to stop it. A Republican president backed by a Republican Congress gave us socialized drugs, centralized education, Keynesian stimulus, bailouts, corporate welfare, a police state, utopian nation-building, and undefinable, illogical wars.
Republicans ❤ Big Government every bit as much as Democrats do. Yet "conservatives" remain obediently in the GOP's hip-pocket. Go figure.
Cui bono? Certainly not conservatives. Republicans routinely spit on conservative ideals. You can spare me all the "victim" and "stupidity" talk too. Republicans are not, and have never been victims of Democratic shenanigans. They're not naive either. The truth is that Republicans, just like Democrats, worship the golden calf of statism.
The only folks who've been duped are the Republican groupies who believe the GOP stands for something other than plunder, raw power, and government largesse.
But, but … what about those stupid Democrats?
Personally, I could give a rat's behind about those stupid Democrats. Worrying about them only perpetuates the myth that Republicans give a damn about freedom. They don't. When (if) they ever do, maybe I'll care. Until then, conservatives who claim to believe in liberty but then turn around and support statist policies and vote for statist politicians, worry me a whole lot more.
Hookin' for the GOP!
Principles, philosophy, your own agenda … purged long ago. The originals like Kirk, Nisbet, and Weaver were antiwar, or in "conservative" parlance, anti-American. Besides, that dastardly Russell Kirk sounds way too much like Ron Paul! Can't have that now, can we? The Republican Party is the War Party. And the Republican Party always comes first.
I know, I know, today's "conservative" is a pragmatist … The (not so) funny thing is though, pragmatism, the philosophical school of thought advanced by William James and John Dewey, rejects the permanent things outright. Pragmatism insists that there is no such thing as basic principles. Pragmatism, quite literally, is a rejection of conservatism.
Conservatives who proudly claim to be "pragmatists," feeling smarter than thou doing so, are therefore proving Riehl's thesis correct: "conservative bloggers don't even believe in what they purport to believe in."
With 4 years of talk, talk, talk behind us, here we are again. The 2012 election upon us, and conservatives are obediently lining up behind the latest Establishment Liberal:
- Romney Vaults Ahead of Obama; Declares Climate Change Manmade
- Mitt Romney talks Carbon Taxes
- The Keynesian Choice is Mitt Romney
- In Mass., Romney raised taxes, fees
- Romney Offers Praise for TARP
- Mitt RomneyCare = ObamaCare
- Romney says health insurance mandate 'a terrific idea' and predicts 'we'll end up with a nation that's taken a mandate approach'
- Romney signs off on permanent assault weapons ban
- Romney Would Sign NDAA
- Mitt Romney's Gun Control Record
- Romney is bad news for conservatism
- Get More of the Same with Mitt Romney!
If you think trading one socialist for another socialist is a "win," you're deluding yourself. A President Romney would be a disaster of epic proportions, while destroying whatever is left of conservatism. But then again, there is no conservative movement … Just a collective of hookers for the GOP!