Maybe a bigger question is how so many of us could have been fooled for so long, but more importantly who else is STILL fooling us today? Fox News makes that list, as does a lot of “conservative” outlets such as Breitbart (they still employ Michelle Fields thereby religating themselves to a “Gawker” click-bait status but for a conservative audience) and others such as Allahpundit and ALL of his online blogger ‘friends’ who enforced their own “no Pam Geller rule” over the years. By now we all know who you are, thanks to Trump. If you want to know how a “conservative movement” that had the overwhelming support of most working Americans never seemed to go anywhere, over a period of several decades, it was because of intentional, long-term internal sabotage of our very ideas by our own standard bearers and leaders that were in on the fix, and profited by it.
NRO went from my “occasional read, but only if someone links to it” list to my “never read under any circumstances” list back when they fired John Derbyshire for his brutally honest and courageous column titled “The Talk: Nonblack Version” (BTW, the Derb’ is what REAL journalistic courage looks like). However if I was really paying attention, I should have blacklisted them back in 2001 when they ‘constructively’ fired Ann Coulter for her follow-up to her “This is War” column. Personally I think they had been looking to get rid of her since her Sept 14th 2001 “This is War” column ran, but politically couldn’t pull it off in the immediate wake of 9/11 without ‘outing’ themselves as who they really were.
I am still curious as to when the NRO changed? When did they fully become the “managed opposition” that is: no real opposition at all, ‘just the facade of one? I suspect that NRO has been exactly that for a very long while, decades even. Maybe they have not been authentic since the Reagan administration, or even longer? If it has been that long, and well within the life of William F. Buckley, then we really must consider him a top-to-bottom fraud as well considering his great “purge” (October 1965) where his ideological competitors were denounced as “racists”, “nutcases”, and worse. He was never any opposition or proponent of conservative thought, he was just the figleaf that the establishment could point to him and say “look, we have our principled opposition too!”
Apparently how you advance within conservative literary circles is by being expected to eat your own, where the last remaining un-eaten (read least-conservative but most pragmatically self-serving of them all) gets their “golden ticket” out of the conservative ghetto as a reward for ruthlessly doing the dirty work that the establishment default-left cannot do. We truly have few influential friends in the world.
All of this so-far leads to this week’s column in NRO that explicitly states that poor, working class Whites need to be somehow be exterminated out of existence by the excretable Kevin D. Williams.
— Kathy Shaidle (@kshaidle) March 13, 2016
Kevin D. Williams will keep his job, even though he wants many of us to die. Thus is the state of “principled conservatism” today in that it is neither. Will this be HIS ticket out of the ghetto? I can soon imagine him pleading for an invite to a swanky career-boosting Manhattan cocktail party with the line “but I advocated the murder of poor whites for you that might have otherwise have voted for Trump”. These people are not, and have never been your friends anymore than the rancher that fattens his cattle for slaughter are the cow’s “friends”. These people just see you as a resource to be farmed, and then when you are of no further economic value to them, it’s off to the slaughterhouse with you to be made into fillets.
Screw ’em all, and start keeping lists, just in case.