by Emmett R Smith
THE Bankrupt state of American conservatism is revealed by a content-survey of such online outfits as the “American Enterprise Institute” and the “Heritage Foundation”:
SOMETIMES, These tax-dodges talk big about the Constitution, but as a rule it does not mean a lot as there is no actual understanding shown, of the dynamic constitutional process. Right now we are in a mess with the Presidency which goes back to the age of Roosevelt.
At one time, the American people did call on the President to lead the way in an honest-to-God time of emergency. In dealing with those troubles a more-powerful Presidency emerged. Naturally enough, no one, least of all any sitting President, was willing to call for a reduction of presidential powers.
To see where any federal branch is getting out-of-hand and, then, to work to stop the rot should be the work of any principled conservative citizen, or conservative organization.
Instead, what we find most of the time is so-called conservatives backing into the trap of attacking the illegitimate — in the name of the indefensible. Just today, on the BBC, I overheard again somebody making a fool out of himself, this time in front of foreigners and all in the name of this same fake conservatism.
So, I sent the following letter full of wise advice. It is probably not very washingtonian in its prose, and no doubt it is more attention than these above-all un-American unconstitutional personalities deserve. But, the real test of whether anything is conservative is whether it is patriotic, and not something else, as the following should show.
TO Whom & cet:
I Have just heard your person on BBC criticizing the Nancy Pelosi-outing, to Damascus.
THE Use of terms by “Heritage” voice-talent such as “inappropriate” in running down the Democrat Party majority-leader’s doings is irksome.
THIS Is because such dainty prose sounds leftwing and womanish, and it is pussyfooting. Sorry, I didn’t write the rules about a strong and meaningful policy-language — however, the rule is that unperceived (!) solecisms when they get loose where people actually can hear them, well, they do make your supposedly-rightwing organization’s discourse sound like the jabbering of a load of Therapeutic Liberals!
What is the more annoying, however, is the attempt by “Heritage” talkers out in front of God and everybody, to defend the prerogatives of an out-of-control federal branch.
IT Is the fact of our time that the Presidency is flat out of control, and this is the real danger to the freedom of us all the longer it goes unchecked. In short, anyone who will work hard at this time to trim and break and crush the White House back into line with the principle of balance enshrined in our Constitution has my unqualified support.
Were it the Congress the problem, of course I would say the same thing against the Congress.
If it was the Court, again I should speak against the Court.
Anyone American who is actually conservative is the enemy of presumption by any federal branch — and the ass-pain today is the Presidency.
The danger to us all is an amuck Presidency. This is not a partisan issue and it does not matter whether the incumbent has a saxophone or a tin ear. Americans now must buckle down to reining in an amuck Presidency.
LATER, As the case may be, we can deal together likewise with the Congress or the Court….
UNFORTUNATELY, As matters now stand with “Heritage” foundation, you people read and sound to me like a lot of heated-up nationalists. And, the history of the last century shows clearly that nationalism is not patriotic. Whereas only a patriot may claim the proud name of conservative — and never the sweaty nationalist.
Emmett R Smith
[Emmett R Smith all rights reserved 4 April 2007]