In the spirit of the holiday, here is a list of 10 things that Republicans and "conservatives" should resolve to do for the new year.
Republicans must resolve to:
1. Acknowledge that your party is not a “conservative” party. Recognize, and then admit, that it is a neoconservative party.
2. Come to terms with the fact that neoconservatism is almost as antithetical to genuine conservatism as is welfare-liberalism, socialism, and, in short, full-blown leftism. And then realize that this is because neoconservatism is but another species of the latter.
3. Disavow anyone among your ranks who prides himself upon being, say, a “Kennedy Democrat,” or a “Scoop Jackson Democrat.” You should resolve to disavow such a person just as quickly as you should disavow a self-declared “conservative” who regards The Weekly Standard and Commentary as “conservative” publications. Fortunately, these are two birds for which you will need only one stone, for it is a certainty that anyone who professes to be a Democrat in the mold of JFK or Scoop Jackson will think of these publications as conservative in nature.
4. See “conservative” talk radio and Fox News for what they are. If Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly, and others really are “alternative media” voices, as they are forever assuring us, this is only because they are an acceptable alternative. And they are an acceptable alternative only because they are a scripted alternative.
Our “conservative alternative media” unfailingly adheres to the Politically Correct script. This is why the Left has succeeded in not only maintaining, but actually strengthening its hold over our culture during just that period that our “alternative media” has exploded.
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Jack Kerwick, Ph.D. (photo)