Robert Ringer

Why Conservatives Favor Socialism

By Robert Ringer - Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Last week, I inadvertently hit the dreaded Fox Channel button on the remote, and there he was, that creepy little Issa fellow, the one who’s been working on the Fast and Furious scandal for what seems like most of my life.  I watched just long enough to hear him say that Eric Holder should resign.  Wow!  What a bold guy Issa is.

No mention of indicting serial liar Holder for lying under oath, of course.  Just insist that he resign.  And you wonder why progressives laugh at conservatives?  Issa’s wimpy remark reminded me yet again why I no longer get my news from television.  These days, most of my information comes from the Internet and books, two sources from which I can pick and choose what I want to read.

Since it’s been clear for a long time that no one is serious about getting to the bottom of any of  the endless Obama scandals (or even willing to suggest that they are Obama’s scandals), I choose to ignore them and focus on serious stuff — like liberty, tyranny, dictatorship, Natural Law, and the guiding force of the human race, philosophy.

As we have seen throughout history, the implementation of a philosophy can change the world.  I’ve always found it to be remarkable how Marx and Engels painstakingly thought through an entire philosophy of life — an ideology, if you will — that was actually put into practice in Russia in just a little more than two decades following Engels’ death.

It not only changed Russia, it changed the entire world.  Here we are today, nearly a hundred years later, and Russia’s ideological experiment has left a socialist imprint on all Western countries.  Put another way, it was the spark that made socialism the new normal of the Western world.

As the philosophy of equality of results spread around the globe, opposition to it arose.  Unfortunately, the opposition united a pair of strange bedfellows — classical liberals and conservatives.  But it’s a shaky alliance.  True classical liberals unequivocally oppose a strong central government, while conservatives just want to slow the growth of government.

That’s why today’s Republicans cheer over the slightest slowdown of the progressive agenda.  They’ve thrown in the towel on deficit spending; they just want to slow it down a bit.  They’ve thrown in the towel on amnesty for illegals; they just want to slow it down a bit.  They’ve thrown in the towel on government’s trashing of the Constitution; they just want to slow it down a bit.  They’ve thrown in the towel on government’s spying on its own citizens; they just want to slow it down a bit.

Since today’s conservatives stand for nothing more than slowing down the socialist agenda of progressives, they are avid believers in so-called compromise.  Unfortunately, as a result of the misguided belief that compromise is the moral path for enlightened politicians, conservatives have, while kicking and screaming to the contrary, adopted the direction of the socialists’ agenda.  Conservatism has always meant favoring the status quo, and, over time, the status quo has become socialism.

The problem with conservatism is that, by its very nature, it does not offer alternatives.  It simply opposes the increasingly rapid shift to the left.  Thus, it is not surprising that civil libertarians, who do not wish to preserve our socialist system, are both allied and at odds with conservatives at the same time.  They are desirous of change.  Specifically, they would like to remove all obstacles to growth, and socialism is the greatest obstacle to growth ever conceived by man.

This is why voters see the GOP as the party that is against everything, but has no ideas of its own.  Because conservatives abhor change, they resist any attempt to weaken established authority, even though today’s established authority has its roots in the depleted soil of socialism.  Their only goal is to try to keep its power somewhat controlled.

Like his socialist counterparts, the conservative believes in arbitrary power so long as it is used for what he perceives to be the right objectives.  In other words, he sincerely believes that politicians have a right to force their values on others.  He clings to the delusion that it’s just a matter of electing the right people — morally superior people — to wield power over the less enlightened masses.

All this by way of pointing out that the Republican stand-for-nothing-except-slow-down-the-accepted-agenda-of-the-far-left machine is revving up again.  Yep, Jeb Bush is already making his rounds of the talk shows and discussing a possible presidential bid in 2016, and he is definitely the choice of the Republican establishment.  And right behind him is Mike “the only way anything gets done in government is by compromising” Huckabee.  Progressive Republicans are preparing to do battle once again — with members of their own party!

That’s right, they’re already working to destroy the civil libertarians in their midst — especially Rand Paul and Ted Cruz.  They see these believers in individual sovereignty as dangerous extremists who are calling for (Gasp!) change — away from socialism and toward individualism.

And you can be sure that Democrats will be giving them all the help they can.  At a recent fundraiser, hatchet hack Joe Biden got the ball rolling by saying of Rand and Cruz, “America has moved on, well beyond where these guys are.”

And he’s right.  America has moved way beyond where Paul and Cruz are — away from a Constitutional government steeped in Federalism and toward evermore socialism.  The Democratic Socialist Party knows it must stop Paul, Cruz, and other misguided souls who stubbornly cling to the belief that the Founding Fathers had it right.  Socialists accuse such people of wanting to go backward rather than forward, as though freedom were old fashioned.

Unfortunately, most of those on the right agree with them, which is why conservatism is a philosophy of paralysis.

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17 Responses to “Why Conservatives Favor Socialism”

  1. Paul Hadinger says:

    Robert: Excellent, incisive comments on the alleged "conservatives" of today. We are populated with more phonies than we can name. Worse yet, the dumbed-down masses don't do much more than give their assent to slogans and statements with which they agree. Most are incapable of asking why certain statements are made and what agendas are being pursued. Moreover, they do not have the foundation to analyze what is happening. Beyond that, they grumble a bit and set it all aside, lacking the courage and concern to take any positive action. They then wonder why things seem to keep going downhill.

  2. Reality Seeker says:

    I agree with much of what RJR wrote; however, the political situation in amerika and, yes, the entire world, is far worse than his essay implies. Collectivism always climaxes in a state of war.

    "What the Neocon Nazis, the Bush/Obama regime, and the presstitute media have made clear is that Washington is going to push its agenda of world hegemony to the point of starting World War III, which, of course, means the end of life on earth". ~ Dr. Paul Craig Roberts ( aka "The Father of Reaganomics")

    Remember how most of the ignorant masses were muddling through on 9/10/2001—and they were totally shocked by 9/11— remember that? And unless you were listening to Alex Jones and/or a few others who were ahead of their time, then you were caught completely off guard. It will be the same when the mushroom clouds sprout, as the dumb-dumb amerikans are still not listening to those ahead of their time……

  3. Lawrence Ekdahl, says:

    Robert; I fear you are absolutely correct. For years I believed that if we can just elect a few "conservatives" the rest of the republicans will see the light and move our country in the right direction. How wrong I was. The present demorepublican establishment is in complete control and they have the newsmedia cheering them down the road to dictatorship. I fear there is no hope for America. Being a bible believing christian, I look forward to the return of Jesus Christ for his believing saints. Let the anti christian hate mongers go to hell.

  4. Daniel Joseph says:

    There might be some reason why the alleged conservatives are behaving this way. I recall that they have an enforcement problem. Specifically, I think the Holder was found to be guilty of criminal contempt of Congress in Fast and Furious for not providing emails that might show that the White House was involved and he had committed perjury. Not just indicted but found guilty. But that criminal finding could only be enforced by an individual that had been appointed by the Democrats. That individual chose not to enforce the criminal finding of Congress. I might be wrong about that but you can check that out yourself.

    This might be why the NSA official could sit there under oath and tell such giant lies without any criminal consequence.

    So the balance of power between the three branches of government has failed at this point. Congress is tasked with keeping the Executive Branch honest to maintain the balance but without enforcement power, all they can do is bring people in front of the TV cameras and let them tell lies that are so big that they destroy trust in government. When these government officials get caught in a lie, they just tell a bigger lie. The American people have less trust in government but they never should have had any.

    So maybe the conservative are doing the best they can do with the limited tools they have. The destruction of trust in government might be better for the tea party movement than a photo of Holder in an orange jump suit. The only solution to the lack of trust in government is to make government smaller. I guess we need to believe that eventually, people will figure that out.

  5. kyl says:

    The Republican Party, including many so-called conservatives, has deteriorated to the point it is nothing more than the Democrat Lite Party. It has become lost and leaderless and has no future unless and until it finds a new identity.

    Allowing itself to be absorbed by the Libertarian Party is the last, best, and only hope that the republicans (and the rest of us) have to save the country. The LP is the antithesis of the other two, and as such is the only other choice available to us to change the collision-course with death the one-party system has put us on.

    Of course, the success of this idea would depend on the republicans not emasculating the LP by insisting on changes to the LP platform to appease democrats.

  6. libertarianzen says:

    Here's quote from Ayn Rand. “In any compromise between food and poison, it is only death that can win. In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit.” We can add that in any compromise between capitalism and socialism (which is what government interventionism is all about) it is only socialism that can profit.

  7. bahmi says:

    Great article, Robert. Clearly, the destruction process goes on, Dems must destroy the other party, they might just as well come out and say "Lenin was the greatest!" The lousy economy,the terrible jobs outlook, all point to the fact more and more Americans will need socialist based services in our future. As such, the doom is sealed here, we are headed straight down the chute.

  8. earl adkins says:

    Hey when the democrats need someone for damage control who do they get, the republican leadership.

    Can't wait for another election,how about you.

    • Satir says:

      Ah Earl, just what will the next election, and the next after that produce that is different from what we have now?

  9. Helen Spingola says:

    Issa isn't the ONLY one saying Holder should resign!

    • Satir says:

      Saying Holder should resign is so meaningless. He is a criminal. The House should demand his arrest and then impeach him.

  10. Dan says:

    Lucid, sober commentary on the reality of things. I sense a subtle shift in your "tone" or perspective. I like it.

  11. John says:

    That a dying man senses the reality of his condition does not save him from his death. America's unique culture is rapidly dying. Though many of us can see this clearly and deplore it, we can not stop it. Stopping the death of America's unique culture would require the emergence of a powerful leader supported by a committed organization of supporters who would vigorously take on all the colossal nincompoops of the press, academia, our useless politcal parties and the corrupt state and federal bureaucracies, and build overwhelming support in the public to battle for a return to greatness. What are the chances of that?

  12. Hector says:

    From state party organizations through the halls of Congress the Republican Party has all the backbone of a shrimp. It stands for nothing.

  13. Dr. Art Martin says:

    There have been many commentaries by knowable people who say history is repeating irself as it always will. We are in a down cycle that will may destroy our present form of GOVT.
    Power always corrupts no matter who has control. It really is not the rubber stamps who see as pawns of the back room boys who really control the power. I was on the inside for a while and saw how GOVT runs. I scares me to see how blatant they have become in respect to controlling our rights and freedom.

  14. frank says:

    thanks again robert for another honest accurate essay……
    it is important to label dems and gop for what they are becoming…twiddledum and twiddledee…..i also agree with your descriptions of 'comrade' boehner for what he is…..
    a less radical socialist than his 'comrade' obama…..

    the thing that amazes me the most is the masochism of the gop……comrade mccain was defeated…comrade romney
    in the most recent gop socialist 'beauty contest'…then the
    rinos float right away the name 'comrade' jeb…….how long will it take the gop, how many lost elections to realize that the conservatives in the gop will stay home until 'comrades'
    cease to be the nominees…….and that we finally get a nominee that actually believes in free markets and the private sector….

  15. Andrew John says:

    Robert, all I can is wow!!! I thought I was the only saying (and believing) in the socialization of the republican party conservatives.

    However, I prefer to call them RINOs and not conservatives. I have noted in other posts that I get slammed from other republicans for calling out and stating the obvious.

    Further I have found that there are two camps within the republicans party. The 1st camp is the party elites/establishment. These folks are one election cycle away from looking like democrats.

    The second group are the true conservatives. They are bashed for being "too" right wing extremists. Within the context of that argument I counter that Ronald Reagan and JFK could not run for office today because of their beliefs.

    So its not so much that the conservative wing of the GOP is extreme right, its because the left wing of the democrat has been hi-jacked by socialist/communists and taken so far left.

    I didn't leave the republican party. The party left me to become democrats.

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