Ask Josh Barro Anything: The Recent Evolution Of ConservatismJUN 5 2013 @ 12:00PM...There are two kinds of “conservatives”at large in America today. The first, and most prominent, are those whose worldview stems essentially from the pivot of the late 1970s and those – far fewer in number – who are actually grappling with the world as it now is. We are not in an era of stagflation as we were in 1979; timidity abroad against another dangerous super-power is not our challenge; a churning multicultural society cannot be shoved back into the tiny-necked bottle of the late 1950s.-- Andrew Sullivan, June 5, 2013
By "pivot of the late 1970s" I assume our historically-challenged Mr. Sullivan is referring to the Confederate Empire dead-enders steady disaffection with the direction of the Democratic Party which was already a burr under the Party saddle under Franklin Roosevelt, became an actual schism under Truman, accelerated to full-fledged revolt under Lyndon Johnson (who had only a few years earlier been a leader of the Dixiecrat faction) which was then mined, smelted and converted into election-tilting votes under Nixon, and then fully institutionalized by Reagan, who completed the conversion of the Party of Lincoln into the Party of Jefferson Davis* by also bringing the Falwell mob into the tent.
Since Mr. Sullivan continues to rationalize his continued existence by unashamedly writing the same, fucking "Pineapple Ice Cream Conservatism" article
If Mr. Sullivan suddenly developed a taste for pineapple ice cream, within a week he would be penning columns about how "Liking Pineapple Ice Cream" is a cardinal Conservative value because of something something Edmund Burke. If he got sick on bad Thai food, we would suddenly see a spate of columns discussing bad Thai food and how it is something that only extreme Christianists or Left Liberal would ever put in their mouths.
over and over again, and since Mr. Sullivan shows no sign whatsoever of engaging a grotty little Liberal concern troll like me on the merits of the my perennial central question -- "Gee, Andrew, doesn't it sure as shit look like it was the Liberals who were right about Conservatism all along during all those years when you were getting it all so tragically wrong?" -- I don't feel I am offering short shrift if I repost a chunk of this from 2010:
When I listen to these newly-minted Conservative ex-pats as they hold the hymnals of their recently-renounced cults up to the light and remark in Very Loud Amazement and Horror at how the whole shitty wingnut Ponzi scheme is held together by nothing but the paranoia, rage, racism and imbecility of the Base, coupled with the absolutely sociopathic willingness to Lie All The Time About Everything by Movement leaders......I must admit that I am reminded precisely of the unpleasantly loud braying noises that brand new Windows 95 users used to make as they discovered the joys of using a thingie called a Mouse to "click" on Pictures of stuff to make other stuff happen.And how incredibly fucking annoying that unpleasantly loud braying sounded to their Dirty Hippie Apple-using friends and neighbors who,A) Had already been using a vastly superior and vastly more elegantly integrated version of the same technology for years and years...B) Had already wasted endless, fruitless hours of their lives at show-and-tell-and-shout trying to convince their dull-witted DOS-addicted fellow citizens of the supremacy of the graphical user interface.And thus we watch one Conservative ex-pat after another bolt some frantically cobbled together, third-rate ripoff of the Liberal Interface onto their shitty Conservative operating systemand calling the dim, flickering truths that unholy marriage produces (and that Liberals have been observing and warning about for a generation) a fucking Revelation.Hey, Sully? Lying to bigots and imbeciles to get their votes wasn't a bug in Conservatism; it was a fucking feature.Also too, Palin isn't some trailer park Athena sprung fully formed and feel-good-gibberish-spewing from the head of Bill Kristol; she's Reagan XP...
This Conservative bed has been over a half-century in the making and some days it is just plain hilarious to watch Conservatives like Messers Sullivan and Barrow freak out over having to lie in it.
*Thank you Frank Stone!