CPAC controversies over Christie, gays come from a misreading of group’s purpose.
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E. The most alarming single danger to the American political system lies in the fact that an identifiable team of Fabian operators is bent on controlling both our major political parties(under the sanction of such fatuous and unreasoned slogans as “national unity,” “middle-of-the-road,” “progressivism,” and “bipartisanship.”) Clever intriguers are reshaping both parties in the image of Babbitt, gone Social-Democrat. When and where this political issue arises, we are, without reservations, on the side of the traditional two-party system that fights its feuds in public and honestly; and we shall advocate the restoration of the two-party system at all costs.
F. The competitive price system is indispensable to liberty and material progress. It is threatened not only by the growth of Big Brother government, but by the pressure of monopolies(including union monopolies. What is more, some labor unions have clearly identified themselves with doctrinaire socialist objectives. The characteristic problems of harassed business have gone unreported for years, with the result that the public has been taught to assume(almost instinctively) that conflicts between labor and management are generally traceable to greed and intransigence on the part of management. Sometimes they are; often they are not. CPAC will explore and oppose the inroads upon the market economy caused by monopolies in general, and politically oriented unionism in particular; and it will tell the violated businessman’s side of the story.
G. No superstition has more effectively bewitched America’s Liberal elite than the fashionable concepts of world government, the United Nations, internationalism, international atomic pools, sharia, fascination with Islamic fundamentalism etc. Perhaps the most important and readily demonstrable lesson of history is that freedom goes hand in hand with a state of political decentralization, that remote government is irresponsible government. It would make greater sense to grant independence to each of our 50 states than to surrender U.S. sovereignty to either a world organization or a caliphate in waiting.
And there, Buckley stops, as he did in the original.
In these Buckleyesque thoughts one can surely find answers to the current CPAC kerfuffles over the “snubbing” of Governor Christie (indeed, an invited guest last year) and the “exclusion” of GOP Proud.
Let’s begin with Governor Christie.
Recall Buckley writing the following in this mission statement — and this is a direct, untweaked-by-me Buckley quote:
The most alarming single danger to the American political system lies in the fact that an identifiable team of Fabian operators is bent on controlling both our major political parties (under the sanction of such fatuous and unreasoned slogans as “national unity,” “middle-of-the-road,” “progressivism,” and “bipartisanship”).
Catch that? The Buckley reference to “bipartisanship” as part of “the most alarming single danger to the American political system”? Catch the bit about the “identifiable team of Fabian operators…bent on controlling both our major political parties ….under the sanction of such fatuous and unreasoned slogans as…. ‘bipartisanship.’”?
Now take a look at this headline and news story in The Huffington Post on Governor Christie from January of this year — a mere three months ago:
Chris Christie Calls For Bipartisanship In Washington Speech
WASHINGTON — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), in a speech designed to boost his reelection this year and a possible 2016 presidential candidacy, told Garden State business leaders Thursday night that more bipartisanship is needed in politics.
Christie focused much of his speech on New Jersey’s recovery from Hurricane Sandy and a bipartisan response from the state congressional delegation seeking federal funds for the recovery. Christie spoke at the annual New Jersey Chamber of Commerce dinner in Washington, which brought hundreds of business and political leaders from the state to the nation’s capital.
…. Christie said people want political leaders to work together and put aside partisanism.
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.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online