OK, after the blood letting associated with Part I of this post a week or so ago, I think I would be best served by starting with a warning. So:
“This post may cause “Conservatives” extreme emotional distress, leading to an uncontrollable urge to kill the messenger. Casual readers should not read this post, nor should those who are secure in their “Conservative” beliefs. All others, please read with caution (i.e. an open mind and willingness to hear me out).
OK, if you are still with me, here you go. But don’t say I didn’t warn you, because I did.
In my first post on this subject, Understanding the Progressive/Communist vs. Fascist Split in American Politics: Part I, I argued that we should think of the Progressives and Conservatives as similar to the Communist and Fascist in Europe, specifically in the first half of the 20th Century. Now, I understand that many Progressives will object to this, but they have no grounds to do so. Woodrow Wilson, one of the founders of the Progressive movement, openly stated that he wanted to bring Communism into American politics. He just wanted to ‘Americanize’ it first, so the people would accept it. And today, the Communist Party US has stated that it no longer feels the need to run its own candidates as the Progressive agenda of the Democrat Party has already embraced all of the Communist Party’s political goals/policies. In fact, the primary point of contention toward my argument has come from those who consider themselves to be Conservative. These people do not see the connection between the Conservative movement and the Progressive movement. But you must understand, I am not addressing those who consider themselves to be “Conservative” in the sense that they support the Constitution. I am addressing the leadership. It’s just that, until now, I didn’t know how to explain it to them so they might understand. Then I saw this story and things started clicking into place:
Welcomes libertarian debate on U.S. military involvement
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a leading neoconservative hawk and staunch supporter of Israel, says the U.S. military interventions he has long supported to promote democracy in the Middle East and elsewhere have backfired and need to be re-evaluated.
“I am a neoconservative. But at some point, even if you are a neoconservative, you need to take a deep breath to ask if our strategies in the Middle East have succeeded,” the 2012 Republican presidential hopeful said in an interview.