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The Fall of Conservatism by meeks

This morning I got to spontaneously reading – one of the many delights of summer leaisure. Soon enough, I came across an article in the New Yorker called The Fall of Conservatism. The source of much of my political information and opinions trace back to the New Yorker. I am not sure if it is the best way to coalesce an informed, unique, broad reaching political perspective reaching primarily from one resource, but I have not found any other material that engages me in the same way on an consistent basis. Plus, I am not Washington Insider or elected official with the onus of doing what is acting responsibility for the constituent population which I represent – I just read what I like. Articles like The Fall of Conservatism remind me of the why I got to reading the New Yorker in the first place. It is the first and only periodical to which I subscribe.

The article went into depth on what is known as the conservative movement – its origins, rise, and current premature tailspin (thanks to the Doofus-n-Dick administration). The article delved into some abstract political theory – , made some grand sweeping statements – Reagan is to Goldwater is to what Obama is to McGovery* and topped off with a discussion of future directions for the brand.

*Really? Anyone really expects the liberal movement to culminate in Barrack Obama? Does anyone really think twenty years from now liberal hacks will be clamoring to immortalize Obama on the face on our currency? really? That sounds awfully presumptious when applied to someone yet to be elected and who  squeaked through his own party’s primary in what was probably the closest race of the modern American politics.

The article did two things that are to me hallmarks of superior writing-

1) Imbued in me the desire to further pursue subjects mentioned within

2) Lifted me out my prejudices to understand a new perspective

I have never understood the conservative movement. Why would anyone want to be a ConSerVaTive. Since in my lifetime, The Republican Party has been inextricable from to the conservative movement, by association, I could never understand how any intelligent citizen could be a Republican. Well, after reading the article, I modified my original statment to – I can’t understand how any intelligent person under thirty could be a Republican. I did not understand that conservatism was a response to the nuclear chain reaction explosions of the 1960s- a spoon of acid makes the social revolutions go down. But thats not for everyone and as Nixon and Buchannon schrewdly realized- There existed a “moral majority” of meat and potato Americans for which all of this was too much too fast. Thus, the modern conservative movement was born. But one by one as the sources which the movement formed rallying against became history, the movement faded. Conservatism became a vestigial status quo. William F. Buckley* surmised,the conservative movement lost its R’aison d’etat with the fall of communism.

**The late William F. Buckley fascinates me. A conservative intellectual who life synchrously spanned that of the conservative movement. A man who did not believe in minority voting, or that a Jew should take over his publication yet vehemently opposed segregation and launch an intellectual political magazine. This is an individual thinker, a man I want to better understand.

This is the point at which I arrived into political consciousness, puzzled staring down the beast of status quo. I reject the notion that I had no intellectual understanding of the origins of the conservative movement. I had seen enough Haight Ashburry films mentioning Reagon trying to break up the fun like a two bit local police officer trying to bust high school keg party to crudely known some conservative history. I just never really tried to empathsize with the “moral majority” and why they might be opposed to the left wing tumult. I can now see why in the face of communism, hedonism, acid tests, all spun in the vortex of an emerging globalism why some people would rush into the fuzzy arms of Nixon an his promises of an erstwhile, simple America where only news that occurred within a hundred mile radius matter, and ya had a glass of milk every night before bed. I myself am not drawn to that illusion, but at least I do now understand.

 

 

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