Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Sean Hannity's incoherent Neocon Madness

"Son, all I've ever asked of my Marines is that they obey my orders as if they would the Word of God. We are here to help the Vietnamese because inside every Gook there is an American trying to get out. It's a hard ball world son. We've got to try to keep our heads until this peace craze blows over." from Stanley Kubrik's Full Metal Jacket

If these words were set to music it would be the Neocon national anthem.

You've got to hand it to Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly, Bill Krystol and their Neocon buddies on talk radio and FOX. They are very critical of the execrable fiscal and domestic policies of America's incompetent leadership. Their criticisms have often gone across party lines. Not infrequently it is intense.
The impression any listener comes away with is that we have highly flawed leadership that pays little or no heed to the Constitution, thumbs its nose at the Bill of Rights and is destroying our economy and our liberty.

But when Hannity and his ilk begin to assess the decisions and choices of these same leaders, past and present, in regard to foreign policy a miraculous transformation occurs in these deeply flaw, inept souls. Suddenly, these leaders become brilliant---even infallible.
There is no war, it seems, that Hannity and his Neocon cronies will disapprove of except for reasons of political partisanship.
There is no place on the earth Krauthammer cannot find American interest that must be defended with military might. There is no place that Neocons do not see the possibility of aggression that must be stopped before it begins. Action must be taken preemptively before it's too late!
Men like Mark Levin are incapable of seeing that the lust of military power and aggression abroad destroys the possibility of his domestic vision of a humble central government and true constitutional federalism.
This military aggression, this insistence on growing American military might even poisoned Ronald Reagan's hope to reduce the size of government and re-embrace constitutionalism.

And God help the soul that dares to indicate there might be some flaw in America foreign policy that might possibly have caused the blowback resulting in the first attack on the World Trade Center, the Cole and 9/11.
To paraphrase Christ the Lord, "Blessed are the peace makers, for they shall have their eyes scratched out." This is most certainly true if one speaks in ear-shot of a Neocon.

The most recent Neocon "holier than thou" attack is the one now being unleashed on Tony Bennett for remarking that American foreign policy might have had something (not everything, just something) to do with the attack of 9/11.
Upon hearing such "treasonous blasphemy" from Mr. Bennett the indignant and "patriotic" self-righteousness of the Neocons would, as we say back home, gag a maggot.

When I consider the commentaries and opinions of the Neocons I find an inner contradiction there I am hard pressed to resolve. It is simply this: how is it leaders who are horrible and incompetent with domestic policy transform into infallible visionaries when it comes to foreign policy, and that those policies are above all criticism, whether that criticism comes from America's perceived enemies or our own citizens? And speaking of citizens, how is it Americans who level such criticism are instantly shouted down by Neocon chicken hawks who never served or fought? How is it those who protest are labeled unpatriotic and their comments condemned as treasonous? How is it our leaders' choices of foreign policy, wars, aggression and interventionism are all beyond questioning or fault? How is it that any action taken by foreign entities in response to American aggression and interventionism is labeled totally unjust and unprovoked? How is it Neocons are as tone deaf on foreign policy as the liberal left is on domestic policy? How is it the Neocons can claim that such actions are carried out by evil men who do what they do just because they hate us...and they hate us without a reason?

Such are a few of the incoherent, contradictory and arbitrary positions of the Neocons. Apparently, every act of aggression, control and intervention in their view serves to elevate American glory and is completely justified. They do not give equal respect to the sovereignty of other nations and peoples. They may not say it, but their actions show they think these other lands and people are inferior and do not have the same rights as we Americans. They think, with the colonel in Full Metal Jacket, that where ever they go, there's a gook with an American inside trying to get out...and that the world belongs to America. They, of course, would not openly say as much, but their actions betray their true feelings.

In the Neocon philosophy, dear friends, we see the very acme of American jingoism--the nationalism that has usurped and now charades as the pathetic and poor chimera of the patriotism of our original Republic. And it, every bit as much as the welfarism of the liberals, is destroying what little remains of the shattered fragments of our once free and glorious Republic.

Poor Tony, defenseless and alone, he has issued an apology that has served to assuage the outrage of the Neocons––not at all. They remain indignant and disconsolate; as childishly offended and unforgiving as the liberals.

Only one man inside the Beltway I know of has been consistent--and long before these Machiavellian talking heads posing as Conservatives got into the game. That man is Dr. Ron Paul.

Long ago Dr. Paul saw what the Neocons are apparently incapable of seeing: that an aggressive, hegemonic, imperialistic foreign policy is incompatible with and destroys the possibility of Constitutionally limited government. He saw an aggressive government abroad would, ipso facto, be a despotic one at home, that the lust and mania for power and control could not be limited by borders. Long ago Dr. Paul rigorously and rightly taught this along with a program of true fiscal sanity and restraint. And he did it when no one was listening. He was often ignored and even ostracized--yet, he continued undaunted and undeterred.
Countless times in the Congress he stood alone–––alone, just him and the Constitution.
If we had listened to Dr. Paul then and followed his ideas in the 1980 and 90s America would freer today and not teetering on the precipice of fiscal and social disaster.

As Jon Stewart put it, "All that small government grassroots business? He (Ron Paul) planted that grass. The other folks? They're just moral majorities in a tri-cornered hat. Ron Paul is the real deal. These others just recently showed up and started mowing the grass."

The Welfare/Warfare state has it easy. They are to government what Coke and Pepsi are to soft drinks. All they have to say is, "Coke is it!"---"The Pepsi Generation!"--and they sell their wares. How different is that from the jingoism of the Neocons? How different is "Coke is it" from the parroting of "You're a great American!" ? I'll tell you; it is no different at all! It is just as mindless, just as empty, just as vacuous, and just as destructive. These radio catch phrases destroy the true health and honor of a nation like these soft drinks destroy the health of the body.

In response I ask, "Where's the beef?" Where are the Constitution, limited government, American Liberty and peace and prosperity to be found in all this welfare/warfare-ism?

The fact is there is no beef, and following these twin pied pipers, with their false patriotism and false, misguided compassion, is leading America to ruin and her people to incalculable suffering.

Among those vying for the highest office in the land in 2012 only Ron Paul has consistently shown character, coherence, courage and dedication to the Constitution.

There is an antidote for the falseness of Obama's hope and change and Neocon aggression posing as conservatism. It is Ron Paul.

Dr. Paul has the cure for the twin poisons of the welfare and warfare state. May God, in His infinite Mercy, help enough Americans to see it before it is too late.

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