Libertarian Conspiracy in Full Swing

Liberal meathead Alan Wolfe writes in “Why Conservatives Can’t Govern”:

[R]ight-wing pundits are furiously blaming right-wing politicians for failing to adhere to right-wing convictions. Libertarians such as Bruce Bartlett fret that under Republican control, government has not shrunk, as conservatives prescribe, but has grown. Insiders like Peggy Noonan complain that Republicans have become–well, insiders; they are too focused on retaining power and too disconnected from the base whose anger pushed them into power. Idealistic younger conservatives bewail the care and feeding of the K Street beast. Paleocons Pat Buchanan and Robert Novak blame neocons William Kristol and Charles Krauthammer for the debacle that is Iraq.

All of which is true. But why is it that conservatives can’t govern? Simply, because they’re all nihilist libertarians:

Contemporary conservatism is first and foremost about shrinking the size and reach of the federal government. This mission, let us be clear, is an ideological one. It does not emerge out of an attempt to solve real-world problems, such as managing increasing deficits or finding revenue to pay for entitlements built into the structure of federal legislation. It stems, rather, from the libertarian conviction, repeated endlessly by George W. Bush, that the money government collects in order to carry out its business properly belongs to the people themselves. One thought, and one thought only, guided Bush and his Republican allies since they assumed power in the wake of Bush vs. Gore: taxes must be cut, and the more they are cut–especially in ways benefiting the rich–the better.

Ooh, you liberals are so smart. You caught us! That’s right, we sneaked a full-throated, red-blooded libertarian into the White House while you guys were laughing it up about his language blunders. And now he’s implementing the libertarian agenda: tax cuts for the rich and pork for the rich!

Despite the fact that Nixon, Reagan, Bush, and Bush the Younger have all presided over massive increases in federal spending, proposed and signed legislation expanding the welfare, warfare, and regulatory state, and played the Great Game in various regions of the world, the real problem is that they’re all closet libertarians. Call me crazy, but perhaps the problem is that conservatives don’t actually want smaller government, but want votes from those who do. You know, like the liberals who promise black people salvation through government while destroying their communities?

Conservatives have been walking and talking like big government people for a long time, with the occasional nod to tax cuts. Are liberals so dumb that they take conservative politicians at their (occasional) word?

5 thoughts on “Libertarian Conspiracy in Full Swing”

  1. Are liberals so dumb that they take conservative politicians at their (occasional) word?

    Maybe. One possibility is that since politicos in general recognize that in order for them to appear to be useful to the voters, they have to manufacture some sort of dire crisis than can only be solved by themselves. In this case the faux crisis would be Bush’s rampant libertarianism (so called). Solution? Elect a Democrat!

    Problem is the fundamental irrationality of mass democratic politics. Does a proper categorization of Bush affect this guy in any way whatsoever? Answer is obviously no, which is why telling what people really believe about these kinds of things is almost impossible.

  2. Liberals want to beat up on W, but there is a guilt by similarity problem. They know it would look bad for their ideas to beat up on a guy that has almost exactly the same ideas that they have. So they pretend he’s actually a libertarian and hope people will swallow it. Most will.

  3. George W. Bush — a libertarian?! I see people calling him a conservative and that maks me laugh, but calling George W. Bush a libertarian defies all common sense.

    Libertarians oppose big government. How big has our government gotten under W’s watch?

    Speaking of tax cuts for the rich… that’s not a libertarian value. Libertarians oppose taxes for anyone.

    I also don’t think a libertarian would allow the government to stage terrorist attacks as a pretext for invading other countries.

  4. This is interesting. Liberals Vs. Conservative. This seems to be Hegelian
    government at it’s powerful libertarian “Conspiracy”. United States
    sovereignty and Government is much more involved than this. We must
    support our United States President,
    Politicians,Agencies and Government. We must not allow it to be stolen
    from the true “American Revolution”.
    God bless The President.

    A Christian.

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