Apr 25 2009
A center-right conservative movement could be having a field day on policy issues right now given how far the Democrats have lurched left. From the impotent spending binge and massive debt piling up in a mistaken attempt to restart our economy (will just be a drag), to the insane idea CO2 is a pollutant and we all now are going to be taxed for breathing (another economic drag), to taking their eyes off our enemies and setting up witch hunts to ‘get Bush’ (which will never happen, he is retired and out of reach), the left is making incredible mistakes. It should be a cake walk for the political opposition.
Except for the fact that the ‘true conservatives’ are right now Madder Hatters than on those on the left! In a master stroke ofÂ Seppuku (the Japanese ritual of suicide by selfÂ disembowelment) the conservative movement has taken on some very repulsive labels lately. They love to be called ‘conservatism in exile’, which doesn’t bother or impress anyone – since their exile was primarily an act of rejection from the American voter. Now I hear the label ‘conservative underground’ as if replicating the fevered, immature tome of the Democrat Underground web-swamp. The final stroke came when the conservative movement was leaked a DHS report targeting violent extremists and the potential for massive home grown violence like we saw at Oklahoma City from Timothy McVeigh.
The drama queens came out in force, claiming the report was not about stopping any potential future McVeighs, but it was actually a government run effort to oppress these conservatives in exile (failing to note their endless screw ups are depressing their power base just fine without any need for help from the outside). The government name for folks like McVeigh is “extreme rightwing”. So what did the formerly mainstream conservative talking heads do? They claimed partnership with the extremist, claiming they too were ‘rightwing extremists’. Did they want to be like McVeigh? Did they want to shield future McVeigh’s by extending their waning credibility to their causes and actions? Were they just screaming for attention?
Who the hell knows! All I know is they claimed the title we use to target violent extremists who are a threat to Americans. They chose to adopt this title, no one thrust it upon them.
I noted that when one-time credible leaders give their share their voice with extremists, the extremists many times take this as a green light to do something horrible. I still worry the mob-talk on the right will end up getting someone seriously hurt. They are being completely irresponsible and foolish, which is why I finally declared my independence from the madness and am now simply a centrist independent.
Is this all wild conjecture on my part? Well no it is not – since the FBI has now arrested one of these rightwing extremists the formerly mainstream conservatives took such great pride in claiming allegiance to:
Daniel Knight Hayden, 52, was arrested by FBI agents who identified him as the Twitter userÂ CitizenQuasar. In a series of tweets beginning April 11, CitizenQuasar vowed to start a “war” against the government on the steps of the Oklahoma City Capitol building, the site of that city’s version of the national “Tea Party” protests promoted by the conservative-leaning Fox News.
“START THE KILLING NOW! I am willing to be the FIRST DEATH!,” read a tweet at 8:01 PM that day. “After I am killed on the Capitol Steps, like a REAL man, the rest of you will REMEMBER ME!!!,” he added five minutes later. Then: “Send the cops around. I will cut their heads off the heads and throw the[m] on the State Capitol steps.”
Hayden’sÂ MySpace pageÂ is a breathtaking gallery of right wing memes about the “New World Order,” gun control as Nazi fascism, and Barack Obama’s covert use of television hypnosis, among many others.
This is what the conservative movement has distilled down to – the lunatic fringe. This guy is the kind of nutcase that has mothers gathering their children up and running for the exits while most sane men are working out how to disable him if blow up one more notch. The guy is a danger. Yet, he is part of conservatism in exile, the conservative underground. He may not be alone, how many others have been swilling the Kool Aid and are prepared to unleash their anger?
The conservative movement will have to die out and be replaced by a centrist group that can offer reasoned and proven opposition and policies to the liberal left now in control of DC. People are very uncomfortable with where Obama, Pelosi and Reid are going, but there is no sane voice of reason to offer alternatives. I don’t think sanity will crash across the current dying remnants of the conservative movement during the 2010 elections. It is clear the Senator Specter of PA will probably lose his primary to a ‘true conservative’, who will then go out and lose in the election. Even moderate conservatives are struggling to get elected, forget anyone on the far right making it.
I have posted before on this nonsense. If conservatism is to be reborn, the hot heads need to be ejected and those calling for armed revolution need to be shunned daily and with clarity. For example, if someone wants to rant against our legally elected President and Congress, they better also be rejecting nut jobs like this group:
Return The Republic is not patriotic, it is trying to persuade people falling out of the mainstream to become violently radical. It is not American, it is treason. If you can’t denounce these people you are extremists.
I fear we have to discover the depths of failure the current conservative ‘leaders’ have brought to the Party of Reagan and Bush before anything will be able to rise up from the ashes.