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Sun Dec 9, 2012, 04:02 PM

Bill Kristol Slams Major Parts Of American Conservatism That Have Become ‘Rackets’

Bill Kristol isn’t thrilled with the direction of the modern conservative movement and in his latest piece for The Weekly Standard, he is prescribing a better path for it’s future. Kristol says the movement is “in deep disarray” and is reminded of Eric Hoffer’s quote when he thinks of the Republican party of today: “Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket.”

Kristol’s piece criticizes President Obama‘s “inaction in Syria” and “inaction in Iran” and advises conservatives to “urge the president to reverse course.”He also thinks conservatives should ultimately be ready to “repair the damage from the Obama years.” At the same time, however, Kristol notes problems coming from within the GOP. “Contemporary liberalism,” he says, “is committed to leading from behind, with a light footprint,” but contemporary conservatism needs to regroup.

He suggests that while the American conservative movement might need a “refounding,” it doesn’t need to be recreated entirely. He also prescribes a “reinvigoration” of the Republican party, “based on a new generation of leaders…from outside the normal channels.” According to Kristol, what the conservative movement can do right now is appeal to “American tradition” to find the right direction for its future. Kristol quotes poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, to note his belief that conservatism alone must “restore American leadership” so that “friends of freedom around the world” can “take heart again” in America.

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Read the full piece, here, via The Weekly Standard:
http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/footprints-sand-time_665188.html

Link to article used in this OP:
http://www.mediaite.com/online/bill-kristol-slams-major-parts-of-american-conservatism-that-have-become-rackets/

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Reply Bill Kristol Slams Major Parts Of American Conservatism That Have Become ‘Rackets’ (Original post)
DonViejo Dec 2012 OP
sasha031 Dec 2012 #1
DJ13 Dec 2012 #2
PoliticalBiker Dec 2012 #6
Celebration Dec 2012 #3
Springslips Dec 2012 #4
Norrin Radd Dec 2012 #7
KamaAina Dec 2012 #5
TomCADem Dec 2012 #12
RBInMaine Dec 2012 #8
RBInMaine Dec 2012 #9
FSogol Dec 2012 #10
Avalux Dec 2012 #11
Warren Religion Dec 2012 #13
cbrer Dec 2012 #14

Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 04:28 PM

1. the poor neocon's have been having a difficult time with it all

no Middle East invasions pending, what happened to all the plans to bring their version of Democracy to the world.
No bid contracts, raping the treasury, no countless invisible soldiers coming home in body bags.... alas the good ole days...

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 04:49 PM

2. He (and people like him) were the enablers of the far right since the 80's

Its a little late to complain now.

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Response to DJ13 (Reply #2)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 02:00 PM

6. Exactly what I was thinking... np

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 05:08 PM

3. Translation:

"We created the Tea Party to energize the base but it got out from under our control."

Sort of like Al Queda was created....

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 01:42 PM

4. People like him.

They don't really care for social conservatism--some are actually liberal on social concerns--and they don't really care for fiscal conservatism--see the W Bush years; what they do is activate and motivate the base on those concerns but then, when voted into power, turn their attentions not to the bases concerns, but in implementing their neo-con, right Hegelian vision of world intervention and change with a western style corporate coloring. The base will go along only if this inverted-Trotskyist philosophy is framed in terms of fear and ultra-nationalism: "the smoking gun is a mushroom cloud," "they hate us for our freedoms," "this is a religious war against a satanic religion," ect.

Problem is that their base don't actually like intervening in world affairs when anxiety and fear is absent. This is best express by paleoconserve like Pat Bucannon, who warns of "imperialism."

When Obama won in '08, a win due in big part to the tarnishing of the neo-conserv brand, the noes joined with the tea-party ( a group also created by objectionist-libertarians faction) the neos thought they could ride back into power once again by fooling their base.Problem is that they misunderstood how much they tarnished their brand --even to their own base (some who even call Bush a liberal now) and the Religious Right took control of the tea party. After 2010, this resulted in extreme anti-women bills in legislatures, attacks on unions, alien I'd cards and other nonsense that further stained the GOP.

What we see here is Kristol trying to tame the beast they created so that Neos can once again use them to gain power; he wants them to vote candidates on social concern, but not on candidates that would actually do something about them. Kristol knows that conservative views on social issues are not popular to Americans at large.

Neos are between a rock and hard place.

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Response to Springslips (Reply #4)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 03:51 AM

7. Excellent analysis.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 01:49 PM

5. Bill Kristol can quote Eric Hoffer?

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Response to KamaAina (Reply #5)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 10:41 PM

12. Amazing that Kristol Dares Say That The Corporate Emperor...

...has not clothes.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 06:29 AM

8. So Kristol wants to return to Iraq, send troops to Syria, and bomb Iran. What a CORRUPT ASSHOLE.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 06:34 AM

9. Kristol is OUT OF HIS MIND. Obama gets HUGE marks on foreign policy. KRISTOL is in "DEEP DISARRAY."

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 10:09 AM

10. Kristol CREATED the Conservative Rackets. He's just upset that so many others are muscling in on

his territory. He's been hurting his party with his griftting for decades and taught thousands of other con men to suck at Conservative donors' teats. Griftters gotta grift.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 11:10 AM

11. So he's still pushing the PNAC meme of world domination.

Same old Bill, just pissed off at the tea partiers.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 01:17 AM

13. Better watch it, Kris

 

You might get Frummed out of the dance bar!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 01:40 AM

14. Ooh Ooh that smell

 

Cantcha' smell that smell...

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