What Happened to Conservatives?
Ron Paul, Texas Straight Talk, June 14, 2003
"The so-called conservative movement of the last 20 years, starting with the Reagan revolution of the 1980s, followed by the 1994 Gingrich takeover of the House, and culminating in the early 2000s with Republican control of both Congress and the White House, seems a terrible failure today. Republicans have failed utterly to shrink the size of government; instead it is bigger and costlier than ever before. Federal spending spirals out of control, new Great Society social welfare programs have been created, and the national debt is rising by more than a half-trillion dollars per year. Whatever happened to the conservative vision supposedly sweeping the nation?
One thing is certain: those who worked and voted for less government, the very foot soldiers in the conservative revolution, have been deceived. Today, the ideal of limited government has been abandoned by the GOP, and real conservatives find their views no longer matter.
True limited government conservatives have been co-opted by the rise of the neoconservatives in Washington. The neoconservatives - a name they gave themselves - are largely hardworking, talented people who have worked their way into positions of power in Washington. Their views dominate American domestic and foreign policy today, as their ranks include many of the President’s closest advisors. They have successfully moved the Republican party away from the Goldwater-era platform of frugal government at home and nonintervention abroad, toward a big-government, world empire mentality more reminiscent of Herbert Hoover or Woodrow Wilson. In doing so, they have proven that their ideas are neither new nor conservative.
Modern neoconservatives are not necessarily monolithic in their views, but they generally can be described as follows:
-They agree with Trotsky’s idea of a permanent revolution
-They identify strongly with the writings of Leo Strauss
-They express no opposition to the welfare state, and will expand it to win votes and power
-They believe in a powerful federal government
-They believe the ends justify the means in politics - that hardball politics is a moral necessity
-They believe lying is necessary for the state to survive
-They believe certain facts should be known only by the political elite, and withheld from the general public
-They believe in preemptive war and the naked use of military force to achieve any desired ends
-They openly endorse the idea of an American empire, and hence unapologetically call for imperialism
-They are very willing to use force to impose American ideals
-They scoff at the Founding Father’s belief in neutrality in foreign affairs
-They believe 9/11 resulted from a lack of foreign entanglements, not from too many
-They are willing to redraw the map of the Middle East by force, while unconditionally supporting Israel and the Likud Party
-They view civil liberties with suspicion, as unnecessary restrictions on the federal government
-They despise libertarians, and dismiss any arguments based on constitutional grounds
Those who love liberty, oppose unjustified war, and resent big-brother government must identify the philosophy that is influencing policy today. If the neoconservatives are wrong- and I believe they are- we must demonstrate this to the American people, and offer an alternative philosophy that is both morally superior and produces better results in terms of liberty and prosperity. It is time for true conservatives to retake the conservative movement."
ABOUT THE UNITED NATIONS
Ron Paul Sucess! UN Bill HR 1146
By Kent Snyder
Our opportunity is at hand! We wanted a vote on Congressman Ron Paul’s H.R. 1146 (withdrawing the United States from the United Nations) and we got it.
The House will vote late this afternoon or early evening on H.R. 1146 as an amendment to H.R. 1950 - Foreign Relations Authorization Act. The amendment reads: "Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, none of the funds authorized to be appropriated by this Act, may be obligated or expended to pay any United States contribution to the United Nations or any affiliated agency of the United Nations."
In plain language, that gets the U.S. out of the U.N. – no money, no membership.
This is not a dress rehearsal – this is your life. Put down your pencils, stop reading The New American and start contacting people...start with your U.S. representative and then spread the word. It’s time to stop talking about how bad the United Nations really is and do something about it: get the U.S. out of the U.N.!
Act now! Go to this site for more information.
The Liberty Committee
ABOUT THE LIBERTY COMMITTEE
Dear friend of liberty,
Four years ago, a small group of men and women, united by their determination to restore liberty in the United States, formed The Liberty Committee. These men and women recognized that socialists have, for decades, been actively involved in our national legislative process; patiently, methodically, relentlessly working to make us subjects of the government, instead of the government being subject to us. The founding members of The Liberty Committee came together to fight these collectivists and reclaim our country from their clutches.
The national legislative process, I readily admit, is complicated, frustrating and, at times, boring. The socialists, however, do not let this deter them from their objective. They understand the laws we live by come from this process, and that is why they are involved in it.
To counter the socialists, thousands of Americans who treasure freedom have become actively involved with us in the national legislative process. These Americans hail from every congressional district in the country. Nineteen of my U.S. House colleagues have also joined our cause by their participation in my Liberty Caucus.
We must be victorious against the socialists' authoritarian agenda. I invite you to join us in this fight. As our numbers grow, so grows our influence. Together, with my caucus of liberty-minded colleagues on Capitol Hill and thousands of freedom-loving Americans throughout our nation, we can defend and advance liberty for ourselves, our children, and future generations.