Nemo Me Impune Lacessit

Thursday, 14 May 2009

Am I a Conservative?

Filed under: Philosophy, Politics — Tags: , , , — mikewb1971 @ 1:20 PM (13:20)

Current mood: annoyed

Ever since 20 January 2009, when The Barack and his fascist ilk [1] secured their tentacled hold on the reins of power in the Imperial Capitol, I’ve been getting all sorts of online “friend” invites from the now-out-of-power Republicans, telling me that “Hey, Mike, you’re really one of us!”

I’m having a hard time believing this, as some of these people are the same ones who backed George Bush to the hilt, calling libertarians “traitors” for not backing the “War on Terror,” and then exhorted us to vote for the Manchurian Senator, “or else the Democrats will win, and you know what that means!”

I’m certain that the real reason that McClown lost the (s)election last November was that there wasn’t enough of the McCaindroid faction in the GOP for him to win, and that significant portions of those in the GOP, and larger electorate, who favor smaller government saw through his excuse of a circus act, and chose not to cast their ballots for McClown.

At any rate, these suddenly-powerless Republicans seem to think that I’m one of them, in all but partisan affiliation. Let’s examine that delusion of theirs a bit.

First, there’s the “neoconservative” faction. These folks are the same ones who gave us the USA PATRIOT Act of 2001 [2],[3], the Iraq and Afghanistan Occupations, expanded Medicare with their prescription-drug plan, resurrected farm subsidies. The neocon-artists aren’t true conservatives, in the sense that most people think of conservatives — neocons don’t seem to have any problems with big government per se, so long as they get use the military part of it for whatever their overseas crisis du jour is this week. Especially if it involves killing people and dropping bombs overseas.

The standard neo-con retort to libertarianism is “If we don’t fight them over there, we’ll end up fighting them here.” [4]

Exactly how many laws and regulations did George Bush and the Republican Congress repeal, veto, or cease enforcing while the GOP held the White House and the Congress between 2001 and 2007?

It was the neocons who finally attached the “Social Security” Number to most Americans’ drivers’ licenses, all as a way to “fight terrorism.” All  through the Clinton years, the proposal had been on the table, but kept getting struck down by Biblically-thinking Republicans, calling it the  “Mark of the Beast.”

If anything, the neocon part of the GOP draws its inspiration from none other than Leon Trotsky and his idea of “permanent revolution.” [5]

Second, there’s the “Religious Right” theocrats, who say they support smaller government, but with exceptions. They admit that government isn’t fit to run your small business, but they want it to control big business (in the name of “helping you,” of course), they want to lock down the border to prevent those “nasty” immigrants from coming in and “stealing jobs.” That’s when they’re not trying to outlaw abortion and define marriage — as if those issues were any business of government’s.

And when they’re not pushing their particular brand of theocracy, they can easily mistake the libertarian principle against initiating force as a disavowal of defensive force. Maybe they should take their nose out of the Bible (Falwell/Robertson Version, of course) and read what actual libertarians say about defensive force. [6]

No, these people aren’t friends at all, given their behavior during the Bush II regime. If anything, they’re allies of convenience, to be supported when they’re in the right on specific issues.

The only friends that libertarians have in conservative ranks, GOP and otherwise, are the ones who truly call for smaller, less intrusive, less expensive government — people such as Dr. Ron Paul, his son Dr. Rand Paul a few others. For example, Adam Kokesh is considering a run for U.S. Congress against Ben Ray Lujan in New Mexico’s Third District.

And if you get mail, electronic or paper, from the Republican Liberty Caucus, take it with a grain of salt, and do some research as to what the RLC is actually up to these days. The RLC has bounced all over the place recently, from supporting real-deal libertarianism to lamely propping up neocons like Heather Wilson [7]


NOTES

  1. There are some good Democrats — for example, Brian Schweitzer, the Democrat Governor of Montana, has been fighting against the federal “Real ID” and recently signed into law the Firearms Freedom Act of 2009.
  2. The full name of this insanity is the “Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001”
  3. Originally intended to “combat terrorism by using the same sort of tools against terrorists that we use against organized crime and drug dealers,” we’ve seen the Department of “Justice” using it to go after Las Vegas strippers — a clear example of mission creep, just as we saw with RICO. See here for more.
  4. Bring It On, Al-Qaeda!
  5. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neoconservatism#History_and_origins. See also Trotsky, Strauss, and the Neocons
  6. The actual Bible has some great lines supporting self-defense — for example:

    Luke 22:3636 And He said to them, “But now, whoever has a money belt is to take it along, likewise also a bag, and whoever has no sword is to sell his coat and buy one.

    See the Christian Gun Owner site for more.

  7. Back in 2001, I received an email from then-RLCNM Chair, Dr. Charles Mellon, noting something like “Heather Wilson is libertarian-minded,” when in fact Heather didn’t repeal much of anything, and had to be told repeatedly to vote for gun rights, under threat of losing NRA support in upcoming elections. See also Eric Dondero-Rittberg, the Real-Life “Master Shake”?, as Dondero keeps trying to tie himself to the RLC, despite being disavowed by RLC Chair Bill Westmiller.

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