Conservatism: When the Rhetoric Doesn’t Match the Record
adapted from the “William F. Buckley, Jr., Pied Piper for the Establishment” book by JBS President John F. McManus
When William F. Buckley, Jr., came onto the scene in the 1950s, the word “conservatism” could have been equated with “Americanism.” Conservatives wanted to preserve those institutions and principles that made America great and good. They cherished both the U.S. Constitution and traditional morality. They wanted government to protect them from evil-doers but not regulate their lives or provide them with handouts.
But over the past half century, the word “conservatism” has lost its former meaning. These days mainstream conservatives want to interject the U.S. government into everything from massively funding the nation’s schools to policing the world. And many conservatives support them.
What happened is that most conservatives were led astray. They were deceived, not by overt liberalism, but by counterfeit conservatism. And the liberal Establishment’s principal pied piper — who hit just enough of the right notes to captivate conservatives — was William F. Buckley.
The book, “William F. Buckley, Jr.: Pied Piper for the Establishment” examines the following details of Buckley’s life:
- connections to the Council on Foreign Relations, the CIA, and Yale’s Skull & Bones
- selection of ex-Communists, Trotskyites, and CIA veterans to staff National Review
- failed attempt to destroy The John Birch Society
- promotion of liberal causes, including abortion, drugs, homosexuality, and pornography.
Buckley set the stage for younger pied pipers who would lead unwitting conservatives even further astray. But by understanding how Buckley fooled at least two generations, today’s conservatives should be all the wiser. Not only should they learn from the past to avoid being fooled again, but they should begin the process of undoing the damage already done. This book provides vital information on both scores. Purchase today to learn more of the foundations of the neo-conservative movement!
If the record doesn’t match the rhetoric, or if the meaning of words need to evolve to match the actions of today’s conservatives, then a critical eye must be cast to those leaders and to their intent.
Black Sheriff Scorches “Black Lives Matter” Protesters
by JBS President John F. McManus
Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke, Jr. aimed a stinging rebuke to the many protesters who have clogged streets, blocked highways, and demonstrated their breast-beating concern over the killing by police of two black men.
In a message he sent to a New York Times journalist based in Chicago, Clarke stated, “If only those faux protesters were asked by the media about all the black on black killing of black babies aborted in the U.S. every year.”
Asked to verify that he had indeed sent the message, Clarke responded, “When I hear these things that ‘black lives matter,’ the only people who really believe that statement are American police officers who go into American ghettos every day to keep people from killing each other. …”
Referring to abortion clinics, Sheriff Clarke added: “Look, the abortions? If black lives, if they really mattered, that’s where the outrage would be. That’s where we’d see protests.”
Statistics released by the Centers for Disease Control show that the number of black Americans seeking abortions far exceeds the percentage of blacks living in the communities.
Sheriff Clarke obviously believes that every abortion snuffs out an innocent life. Killing a baby in the womb is a crime even if the Supreme Court disagrees. There happens to be a higher court that will judge those who terminate life, especially a defenseless unborn child simply waiting for a few more days to begin life outside the womb. Sheriff Clarke seems to understand this. Good for him.
Mr. McManus joined the staff of The John Birch Society in August 1966 and has served various roles for the organization including Field Coordinator, Director of Public Affairs, and now President. He remains the Society’s chief media representative throughout the nation and has appeared on hundreds of radio and television programs. Mr. McManus is also Publisher of The New American magazine and author of a number of educational DVDs and books.