Despite being socially liberal, I have many friends, mostly older people (such as my former mentor Meir) who are members of the Republican Party. And we agree on more than a few issues, ranging from foreign policy to some domestic issues. Generally, most liberals oppose the War in Iraq (as I did when Bush was in office), and most conservatives are for it.
There has been something that has been deeply troubling to me since the election of President Barack Obama, a issue that twists and tortures my mind, because of its insidious and vile nature, which if left unchecked, will threaten peace both at home and abroad. If these people have their way, entire nations may be wiped from the face of the earth, chaos will reign, our freedoms will be squashed under the totalitarian boot of hate, and our way of life as we know it will come to an abrupt end, signaling the destruction of everything that we have ever held dear. I am talking of course about unpatriotic conservatives. Perhaps “conservatives” is too kind a word, as they are not in any way within the ranks of the Republican Party – perhaps “right-wing extremists” would be better.
You see these people every day. Within the ranks of the Tea Party or the 9-11 truthers. Those who criticize Obama at every turn, abusing the Constitution for their own wicked ends. We see them in the press, in ugly voices such as Justin Raimondo, Lew Rockwell, or Patrick Buchanan and in academia by people like Dinesh D’Souza. They aspire to “take over” the Republican party and to replace it with something even more extreme than what we are already seeing from them. Should they ever attain power, they would like, for starters, to scrap the American commitment to maintaining peace in the Middle East – a tradition since the 1950’s, and force America into an isolationist turtle shell of fear. And should they be successful in this, our social values of tolerance will take a hit as well. Blacks will oscillate from every tree in the south, illuminated not by electric lighting but by flaming crosses. Gays will be burned in the streets has heretics, and the Pope will probably have the final word on what goes on in America.
I don’t want that world. I prefer America the beautiful, America the diverse, not the AmeriKKKa of some post-apocalyptic theocratic police state which comes from the dreams of bigots and right-wing extremists.
The paleoconservatives’ (as they like to be called) dictatorial inclinations convince me of only one thing: that Paleoconservatives have conceived the project of reigning over opinions and of conquering neither kingdoms nor provinces but the human mind. If this project succeeds then all the people within this sinister organization will be free to control us. Even worse, it will be illegal for anyone to say anything about how pathological, insensate blatherskites are born, not made. That dictum is as unimpeachable as the “poeta nascitur, non fit” that it echoes and as irreproachable as the brocard that if the paleocons can one day castigate whomever they oppose then the long descent into night is sure to follow.
Probably the only people in the world who share the worldview of the paleocons are the terrorists whom America is fighting in the middle east. Which is why they go to such lengths to defend the moral implications of terror. Our top priority MUST be to take a strong position on Paleocons attack on morals, which, after all, erode constitutional principles that have shaped our society and remain at the core of our freedom and liberty. And what better way to do this than to support everything that they oppose, and oppose everything that they support? We will also be fighting the terrorists when they do this.
So let’s band together. Let us sound out our resounding cry for women’s rights and feminism, for abortions, for gay rights and gay marriages. Let us voice our support for full freedom of speech, and let cartoons of Muhammad be broadcast back-to-back with vivacious TV shows. Let us show the strength of our diversity – men of all colors arm in arm, hand to hand, shoulder to shoulder, body to body. Anyone refusing or condemning this shows his true colors – I question as a dhimmi in league with Islamic extremism, an enemy of Western civilization, of freedom, and of America.