Monday, February 20, 2006

The Neo-Cons continue to eat their own: Pat Buchanan calls Republicans the “War Party!”

In an article called, Churchill, Hitler, and Newt, conservative Pat Buchanan called the Republican Party the “War Party.” “You can always tell when the War Party wants a new war,” Buchanan charged, “They will invariably trot out the Argumentum ad Hitlerum.” Buchanan was referring to Newt Gingrich’s charge, “This is 1935, and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is as close to Adolf Hitler as we've seen.” To prove his point, Buchanan takes the reader through a history lesson, á lá Buchanan’s version of events leading up to European Nazi totalitarianism.

Buchanan is right to say the Republican Party is the War Party. But, in true conservative fashion, he looks to erstwhile historical references as evidence. All he had to do was analyze the conservative movement a little more deeply.

Most conservatives are afraid - afraid of the future - afraid of the new - afraid of the different – afraid of losing control - hence conservative pre-occupation with the past. The past is comforting. It's easy to correctly interpret the past. It's a sure thing.

Buchanan would be more convincing if he admits Republicans are motivated my greed, insecurity, and compulsion to create a world that looks, acts and thinks like they do.


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