The archetypal traditional “conservative” of my generation was Barry Goldwater. He was considered far to the right of the mainstream of the Republican Party and so much so that moderate Republicans considered him to be an extreme right winger. This extreme right winger said the following:

“Mark my word, if and when these preachers get control of the [Republican] party, and they’re sure trying to do so, it’s going to be a terrible damn problem. Frankly, these people frighten me. Politics and governing demand compromise. But these Christians believe they are acting in the name of God, so they can’t and won’t compromise. I know, I’ve tried to deal with them.”

Goldwater also said and I quote: “In the past couple years, I have seen many news items that referred to the Moral Majority, pro-life and other religious groups as “the new right,” and the “new conservatism.” Well, I have spent quite a number of years carrying the flag of the old conservatism. And I can say with conviction that the religious issues of these groups have little or nothing to do with conservative or liberal politics. The uncompromising position of these groups is a divisive element that could tear apart the very spirit of our representative system, if they gain sufficient strength. I’m frankly sick and tired of the political preachers across this country telling me as a citizen that if I want to be a moral person, I must believe in “A,” “B,” “C” and “D.” Just who do they think they are? And from where do they presume to claim the right to dictate their moral beliefs to me? And I am even more angry as a legislator who must endure the threats of every religious group who thinks it has some God-granted right to control my vote on every roll call in the Senate. I am warning them today: I will fight them every step of the way if they try to dictate their moral convictions to all Americans in the name of “conservatism.” … This unrelenting obsession with a particular goal destroys the perspective of many decent people. They have become easy prey to manipulation and misjudgment.The religious factions will go on imposing their will on others unless the decent people connected to them recognize that religion has no place in public policy. They must learn to make their views known without trying to make their views the only alternatives. The great decisions of Government cannot be dictated by the concerns of religious factions. This was true in the days of Madison, and it is just as true today. We have succeeded for 205 years in keeping the affairs of state separate from the uncompromising idealism of religious groups and we mustn’t stop now. To retreat from that separation would violate the principles of conservatism and the values upon which the framers built this democratic republic”.

The framers of our Constitution advocated not only “separation of church and state” but referred to “a perfect separation”. That is what real conservatives respect. Today’s Christo-Fascist has embraced the revisionist doctrine of charlatans like David Barton who insist “separation” was never intended and being brainwashed by religious fear they have no will or ability to even examine such preposterous historical revision.

Ike was also a traditional conservative. Dwight Eisenhower was a real conservative, a war hero, a five star general who liberated the concentration camps of Germany. Although he was an arch conservative of his day and I came from a progressive family, nobody in my family disrespected Ike.

Can you imagine today’s Christo-Fascist fanatic ugly “AmeriKKKan exceptionalists” who hide behind the moniker of “conservatism” saying, “Until the latest of our world conflicts, the United States had no armaments industry. American makers of plowshares could, with time and as required, make swords as well. But we can no longer risk emergency improvisation of national defense. We have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions. Added to this, three and a half million men and women are directly engaged in the defense establishment. We annually spend on military security alone more than the net income of all United States corporations.

Now this conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence — economic, political, even spiritual — is felt in every city, every Statehouse, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet, we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources, and livelihood are all involved. So is the very structure of our society.

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes”.

Nope, those who call themselves conservative today worship the military to the point of perverse obsession, even, maybe especially those who don’t even stand to profit from the arms trade but rather the rank and file right wing schmuck on the streets of America, so brainwashed by talk radio, the incessant babbling of Sean Hannity and others of that ilk that they can no longer think critically.

Classical conservatives believed “the elites had a responsibility to the welfare of others”. These were not large L libertarians who advocated pure dog eat dog Darwinian capitalism.

Today’s so called “conservative” has yet to make the distinction between “free markets and fraud”. In socialist countries the government controls prices but the driving engine of capitalism is competition. Today’s Christo-Fascist has all but eliminated competition. This is precisely right wing religious dogma, that any regulation is bad and thus they have allowed excessive deregulation and mergers that leave a handful of parent companies in control of all goods and services and having trashed any hope of a functional capitalist system.

Lifelong conservative Republican Bruce Bartlett, who was a very close advisor and confidante to Ronald Reagan, also to the even more conservative Jack Kemp and then HW Bush said and I quote, “The Republican Party has moved so far to the right that it is the party of racists, bigots, crazy people, religious kooks, gun nuts, abortion fanatics, and is hospitable to fascists. I think Bartlett was charitable

So in conclusion, I hope today’s younger generation will look back on what true conservatives believed and opted for because those who call themselves that today are just pure evil. Because of dumbed down right wing ideologues in control of the airwaves, and thus the entire narrative, today’s sociology students have no hope of even knowing what conservatism is no less becoming progressive. As in Invasion of the Body Snatchers, innocent victims fell asleep and woke up enslaved seedpods, today’s red state types appear doomed to becoming mindless Christo-Fascists. Can I get a big “amen”?

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