Confessions of a former Inside-the-Beltway Kool-Aid drinker.
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Last but certainly not least, the influence of both the larger cult on Frum and Frum on the cult is vividly captured in the photos Frum brandishes of the annual AEI dinner, a (what else?) black tie affair in Washington befitting a conservative Washington think tank. Not to be ignored is the Washington speech by the Washington Obama adviser that was delivered to a liberal Washington think tank. And the rising young conservative star who wrote the article on pork? That is actually written by Mr. Tim Mak, a rising star of the conservative movement — in Canada. Still, the pull of the cult is so strong that young Mr. Mak appears to be trying out for a cult apprenticeship in Washington before setting his sights on Ottawa. The cult is always in the business of spreading its tentacles.
Taken together what we have here on this so-called “NewMajority” website is a snapshot of the troubled if sadly typical mind of a cult member, in this case Mr. Frum. Quite ironically and surely unintentionally, what is captured here is very much the beliefs of The Old Majority. Washington, D.C. is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end for all cult members. The fount of all wisdom, judge of all that is — and is not — appropriate. The rules are set there in The Center of The Known Universe. Rules of what’s appropriate to say — and not say. What’s appropriate to think — and not to think. To do, and not do. How to speak and, as The Woman Outlier Palin discovered, how not to speak. How to dress, and how not to dress.
FYI to non-cult members (that would be the bulk of 300 million Americans): what was Rush Limbaugh wearing to deliver his CPAC speech that was so disdained by Mr. Frum and other cultists? Answer: not the cult wardrobe. Do you wonder what was, in part, going through the minds of cult members as they watched Rush address — gasp! — the nation not attired “correctly”? You think I’m kidding, don’t you? You don’t seriously think the sniffs directed at Rush were really just about his appeals for free market economics, color blindness and a strong national defense, do you?
Quite inadvertently, Mr. Frum’s attack on Rush Limbaugh has opened the door to a subject he and his fellow Washingtonians surely never intended. The nation’s capital does in fact function as something of a cult. If I learned nothing else in my time in Washington working from House to Senate to White House and Cabinet staff I learned that. It is no accident that Frum is appalled at the influence of both Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin, neither of whom are in good standing of the Cult of Washington, D.C. To be a serious advocate of freedom, of capitalism, free markets, of a political system that regards people as human beings with equal opportunity instead of beans to be counted by race, color, creed or gender, to seriously challenge the conventional wisdom — and infinitely worse, to do so while not dressing or speaking in cult approved fashion, much less openly refusing to pay tribute to the cult, is a violation of All Things Holy as determined by the cult.
It’s no wonder Mr. Frum does not understand Limbaugh’s language. The language of millions of everyday Americans is not spoken where Frum hangs his hat. The place where he drinks the Kool-Aid.
Take it from me, Mr. Frum.
Get yourself a good exit counselor.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?