For a century now, the conservative movement has been losing. Yes, I said losing.

Disagree?

Then tell me why the government has never ceased growing and continues to move further and further away from the constitutionally-limited republic our forefathers bequeathed us. Well?

And dare I say it ... oh, I do dare ... The size and scope of government even grew during the Ronald Reagan administration!

Yeah, I know ... conservatives are always victims of those damn Democrats.

Go ahead, get mad now ... because this post is going to get worse. Consider it a healthy dose of tough love.

Addition through Subtraction

"Addition through subtraction" is a phrase I picked up from Stacy McCain (who should be your first stop for political news everyday). The phrase describes the bizarre need to "purge" everyone who isn't in total agreement with mainstream pundits. "PURGE the libertarians!" "PURGE the birthers!" "PURGE the 'Paulites!'"

Addition through subtraction.

Often the ghost of William F. Buckley is invoked because of his PURGE of the "Birchers" ... Yeah, that worked out well ... How many states did Goldwater win again?

Yes, I'm aware that his primary opponent was the Republican Party apparatus itself, and that his campaign management was less than stellar ... But do YOU recognize that the Republican Party was his number one enemy? And do YOU recognize that purging the "Birchers" accomplished absolutely nothing in regards to defeating progressivism?

Which brings me to the meat of this post ...

Conservative Civil War

On Any Top Ten List of ‘Really Bad Ideas for Blog Post Titles’ . .

. . . I’d say Dan Riehl Sucks has got to be at least No. 3. And when you call Dan a “Little Green Footballs wannabe” . . . Dude.

John Doe at Smashmouth Politics objected to Dan’s criticism of Glenn Beck.

Hey, it’s a free country, and people disagree.  But having worked with Dan on a few projects, I know that I would never want him as an enemy. Trust me.

Dan Riehl sucks

Real Riehl bad. Glen Beck allegedly misquotes a George Washington quote (that’s not my point whether it was said by George Washington).  So according to asshat Dan, here is Dan Reihl Sucks’ conclusion:

“We need to reject demagogy in all its forms. And if Beck can’t clean up his act given all his resources, then we have to reject him. No agenda will prevail to good effect with an ignorant buffoon leading the effort.”

No room for honest mistake.  No room for notifying Beck’s staff and informing them of the error. Nope.  Dan immediately attacks like the “Little Green Footballs” Wannabe” that he is.  Now, normally I would counsel cutting Dan some slack if it had been an honest mistake on his part. But this is a deliberate attack on a guy who should be an ally of all conservatives.  Over something that should be a molehill.  This exposes that piece of sh!t for what he is.

Too strong? Maybe. But this is just an example of what I'm talking about. There's a civil war brewing within the conservative movement.

While the self-appointed Gate Keepers like Rheil, Malkin, Limbaugh, et. al., think they're fighting a Holy Cause in lambasting the unwashed masses of "Beck Heads," "libertarians," and "Paulites" ... In reality, it is they, the self-appointed Gate Keepers, who are slowly tearing the worn fabric of the conservative movement apart.

Personally, I advocate for nothing less than a complete return to our constitutionally-limited government, and also advocate for politicians who I think can help turn us in that direction too. But what I don't do, is tell you who you MUST support, who you MUST associate with, or any other type of that nonsense.

I'll argue ideas until we're blue in the face. I'll target and rip on those Roosevelt-lovin' so-called "conservatives." I'll warn of what supporting these Big Government types will bring. I'll even tell you, you're wrong ... But I'll never confuse myself by thinking I'm some kind of self-appointed Gate Keeper, demanding total allegiance to a specific ideology (thought control).

Seriously, if a David Frum type ever decided to advocate voting for a limited government conservative, why the hell would I wish to purge him?

Anyone who reads this blog knows I'm ideologically driven towards nothing less than our original form of limited government ... but that doesn't stop me from linking to articles and posts of the neocon persuasion. Yes, most of their ideas are wrong, but I'd rather try to win them over than advocate some arbitrary purge.

Friends are hard to come by, and a coalition without friends is no coalition at all.

The Gate Keepers see the political tide changing, but they don't want to change with it. More and more conservatives are coming to grips with their limited-government, libertarian roots, and this scares the crap out of the Old Guard (who are responsible for the mess we're in), because it challenges their self-importance.

The Gate Keepers are afraid to look their shadow square in the eyes ... the shadow of George W. Bush and Karl Rove's progressivism ... which they turned a blind-eye to because of the messianic claim that GWB had "saved" them ...

If Ron Paul or Glenn Beck for example, are your enemies ... you're smoking crack. Because there would be no conservative movement without libertarians and other limited government advocates. As Ronald Reagan once said:

If you analyze it I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism. I think conservatism is really a misnomer just as liberalism is a misnomer for the liberals–if we were back in the days of the Revolution, so-called conservatives today would be the Liberals and the liberals would be the Tories. The basis of conservatism is a desire for less government interference or less centralized authority or more individual freedom and this is a pretty general description also of what libertarianism is.

I stand on my statement that I think that libertarianism and conservatism are travelling the same path.

So PURGE the many forms of limited government advocates out of the movement if you must ... the Old Right, the libertarians, and whomever else of the unwashed masses that don't meet your standards. But just realize ... It's YOU, the PURGER, who is ripping the movement apart.

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  • http://conservativehideout.com/wordpress Matt

    Damn CL, you nailed it. Hit it right out of the park, in fact. The climate is changing. I believe, as you have point end out, that there are these "gatekeepers" in the party. But I would add that there is a more insidious thing about the party leadership. Every election cycle, they go around and basically blow smoke up our collected rectums that they are conservative and really will do what we want. Then, they get elected and forget we exist. They are our elites. They think they know best, so every now and again, they come around, pat us on our heads, and then go back to the unreality bubble to play games with the Dems. If they do that again, they won;t have to worry about purging us-we'll provide a direct lesson as to what happened to the Whigs.

    • theCL

      The RNC does blow smoke up everybody's ass, and people are sick and tired of it. The Elites are done. It's over. Stick a fork in them. Why so many people continue to stick up for them is beyond me.

      Is Beck perfect? Nope. Paul perfect? Nope. But I'll roll with those guys long before I'll roll with the mainstream smoke blowers. Conservatives don't send representatives to Washington to play bipartisan patty-cake and/or make progressive policies more "efficient."

      They either start rolling back this government or they're outta there! And whether the Gate Keepers "Who Know Better" like it or not, they're playing yesterday's politics. It's over. Progressivism has taken our country to the brink, and Progressivism-lite isn't going to help.

      The left is breaking up too .. things are going to get interesting. There are indeed historical times.