The Panic To Stop Ron Paul Spreads

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He’s the upstart anti-war, anti-Lincoln, anti-Semite leftist and “certainly not a conservative,” says Jeffrey Lord.

According to Lord’s upside-down history, Paul is a “non-interventionist” – just like Woodrow Wilson, George McGovern all those others on the “American left.” (He doesn’t mention FDR in 1940 versus 1945. I wonder why? On Wilson, see here.)

Wilson and Roosevelt ran anti-war campaigns because a majority of Americans supported that position. But at least they fought their wars constitutionally, unlike the illegal wars Dr. Paul opposes — but Mr. Lord is abidingly oblivious. His most facile, if not fatuous, non sequitur: a publisher who is my friend publishes a series called “The Conservative Leadership Series,” for which Paul would not qualify. Ergo, Paul is no conservative (more to the point: “Conservatives Beware!! The Specter of President Paul is Haunting America!”).

Q.E.D.? Not quite. That same publisher re-issued Goldwater’s The Conscience of a Conservative in 1988. In the new introduction, Pat Buchanan observes that, in the 1960s, there were no “conservative opportunists.” Why? Because there were no opportunities for conservatives: “In those days, the term ‘conservative opportunist’ was a contradiction in terms,” he writes. Moreover, “the portrayal of ‘Mr Conservative’ as a warmonger, racist, and enthusiast of fascism was a lie, a Big Lie.” (Buchanan also notes that the Rockefeller Republican establishment called us Goldwater fans “racists” too, and the media added “anti-Semites.”) Well, liberals are now so ashamed of the label they’ve morphed into “progressives,” while Big Government, pro-war “neo-conservatives” have also fallen into disrepute. “Conservative,” meanwhile, has become a badge of courage. Hence, many opportunists have wrapped themselves in the term. Their name is Legion. Is their name also Lord?

Well, at least Mr. Lord’s flaccid foray demonstrates that “Conservative” is a word worth fighting for. As an antidote to Mr. Lord’s revisionism, read Goldwater, as well as the man who recruited Goldwater to write Conscience, who gave the book its name, and whose own 1964 history sets the crooked Lord straight: The Conservative American.

9:12 am on August 23, 2011