HECK WITH THE "NEOCON" LABEL!
I AM NOT THE ETHER ZONE'S TOKEN NEOCONSERVATIVE
By: Carol Devine-Molin
I'm a mainstream conservative, plain and simple. And we represent the majority of those
who self-identify as "conservatives". Unfortunately, other ideological factions
often distort the nature and beliefs of mainstream conservatism. True, I'm throwing a few
Molotov cocktails, but it's really the best way to clarify matters.
In the Ether Zone forum, a fellow writer referred to me as a
"self-proclaimed Neoconservative". Well hold your horses, bucko, I've come to
reject that ridiculous label being used by both the Hard Left and the Hard Right to
stereotype and assail mainstream conservatives, outrageously casting us as
"warmongers". Yes, the term Neoconservative is now the equivalent of an insult
being hurled at mainstream conservatives in an attempt to portray us as insidious
"warmongers". I readily admit that I was a naive fool to have ever accepted that
moniker, failing to realize the "battle cry" it invokes among extremes on both
sides of the political spectrum, which I shall readily explore.
In a nutshell, the Hard Left represents dedicated liberals, and beyond that, there is
little to say since a Leftist is a Leftist is a Leftist. These are the "Utopian
Socialists" that believe if you give government enough power and tax monies,
government can solve all problems. Now that's really scary! In reality, what you get from
such a socialist system is coercion, lies, misery and dictatorship.
However, the Hard Right is a little more complicated, and is comprised of the
Paleoconservatives (Buchananites, John Birchers, and other old-fashioned conservatives
with their Isolationist/Libertarian bent) and the Ultra-Libertarians. The
Paleoconservatives refer to themselves as the "genuine" or the
"traditional" conservatives as they are the self-righteous purist, ready to
impugn mainstream conservatives, and all others for that matter, that do not meet their
finely tuned standards. And their definition of a "Neoconservative" morphs and
changes to include anyone not in agreement with them. Now those who are hawk-ish on Iraq,
whether Right or Left, are being snidely dubbed "Neos" by the Hard Right.
According to fellow Ether Zone writer Justin Raimondo, "Those damn
Neocons are everywhere!" Justin even believes that the Left is being assimilated
into the "Borg Continuum" of Neoconservative thought. Isn't this a bit
obsessive? Gotta fight those evil Neocons that are all around us! Geezz!
Notably, members of the Hard Right demonstrate little in the way of flexibility, so
working within a political party is ultimately doomed. For instance, the Buchananites ran
out of the Republican Party (hooray for us!), and quickly took over the Reform Party a few
years back. Predictably, they have since been kicked out of there, leaving that
independent party in ruins. It irks me that the liberal media (particularly television),
in efforts to twist and obscure the true nature of mainstream conservatism, have
Paleoconservative leader Pat Buchanan regularly hosting shows and guesting on a variety of
programs. Political commentator Pat Buchanan has become the darling of the Left-leaning
media, despite the fact that his views are not representative of the majority of
conservatives. But Buchanan gives the Left-leaning media exactly what they want. He helps
the liberals beat up on the Republican Party and mainstream conservatives. Buchanan's
"on air" partnership with liberal Bill Press (MSNBC) is certainly not "fair
and balanced". I'll stick with the Fox News Channel.
Up until a few months ago, I thought "Neoconservative" was a perfectly
respectable term for those of us who switched parties and came into the GOP over twenty
years ago, having become totally disillusioned with the Democratic Party. Many of us were
relatively young and did not understand or appreciate the true nature of partisan politics
until Ronald Reagan enlightened us about the pernicious Left. In fact, many of us still
continue to refer to ourselves as "Reaganites" and hold the same political
ideals that include: a) cutting marginal tax rates that unleashes a stimulative effect
upon the economy, b) reining in the size and scope of government, c) creating a first
class, technologically advanced military, and d) exhibiting a sense of moral certitude as
we go about the task of dismantling an "Evil Empire" that poses a global threat.
Of course, during the 1980's, the infamous Soviet Union was successfully brought down,
thus ending the "cold war" era. Now, we are fighting radical Islamists and rogue
nations that work together hand-in-glove, with the goal of destroying western
civilization. To use the often cited metaphor, we must "drain the swamps" (rogue
regimes) that permit the mosquitos (terrorists) to flourish. Clearly, the Hard Right
always revels in the opportunity to criticize our failure at reducing government. And with
a lengthy "war on terrorism" being waged, it's uncertain how our nation will
reduce costs and the pool of government personnel over the next few years.
Let me reiterate that we mainstream conservatives are no warmongers! The atrocities of
September 11th were brought directly to our shores, killing thousands of citizens, and
were perpetrated by Islamic fanatics who intend to kill us all. We are mere
"infidels" in the minds of these lunatics, the equivalent of insects to be
dispassionately disposed of during the course of "Jihad". Americans have no
other recourse than to fight this "war on terrorism", and to seek the overthrow
of dangerous rogue nations, which aid and abet militant Islamists by providing them with
monies, weaponry, and safe harbor. As to the psychopath Saddam Hussein, he is on the verge
of acquiring nuclear weaponry that could easily be given to terrorist proxies for the
purpose of targeting America. One way or another, we need to dismantle Saddam's Weapons of
Mass Destruction in Iraq. We cannot permit America to be vulnerable to a catastrophic
Lastly, as I indicated in one of my prior articles, entitled "A Radicalized
Ether Zone", "It's important to understand that mainstream conservatism is
now comprised of a variety of camps, and that Bill Kristol (political commentator, McCain
advisor, and editor of the "Weekly Standard") actually represents only a small
faction within the overall movement... In terms of further bona fides, I ran on the ballot
in early 1996 as a delegate for "flat tax" advocate Steve Forbes in the NY
Republican primary, I can't stand McCain, I think our military should withdraw from the
Balkans forthwith (leave it to the Europeans), and I probably better exemplify mainstream
conservatives in background and ideology than Bill Kristol".
"Published originally at EtherZone.com :
republication allowed with this notice and hyperlink intact."
Carol Devine-Molin is a Republican District Leader, a community activist,
and the host of "On The Right Side", a local program sponsored by the
Republicans, and seen throughout most of Westchester County, New York. She is a regular
columnist for Ether Zone.
Carol can be reached at DevineMolin@aol.com
Published in the November 11, 2002 issue of Ether Zone.
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