CONSERVATIVES ARE THE NEW COMMUNISTS
by W.R. Marshall
American Reporter Correspondent
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Let me get this straight: a decade and half ago the Evil Empire, the odds-on favorite to be the idiots who pushed The Button, just packed up the Volga, took a chunk of the Berlin Wall for a souvenir, and got teaching jobs at the Kennedy School of Government?
I don't think so.
The Red Menace didn't disappear; they hunkered down and went underground. They got cable tv and magazine subscriptions, read "People", watched "Oprah", they understood that times change and changed with them. The era of bad suits and pounding your shoe on the lectern had passed.
So, when the time was right, at the close of the Millennium when the world was worried about Y2K and ending up like characters in a Dickens novel, they came back with a brand neo-look and a brand neo-name.
Now so-called conservatives call themselves Neo-cons, but they're neither - not even close. They are the new Communists. (I'm talking about your new, old-fashioned bloated Soviet commie, not one of those streamlined Third World jungle fighters.)
Today's conservatives-commiservatives may occasionally talk the talk, but Jesus, Javitz and Buckley, they look like the Politburo to me.
Every time I read the paper or turn on tv, I see these apparatchiks (a Soviet-era term for "corrupt bureaucrat") doing the perp walk (except on Fox, where the story is "Jack Abramoff Saves the American Fedora Industry").
There are tales about domestic spying, wars of choice, torture of prisoners, Cuban gulags, regulation of tv and radio content, insulated leadership - I'm getting dizzy. Without being specific, it's safe to say that below are a few basic notions of real conservatism: