Does the liberal-left have a clue? I sometimes think not.
In his book, What`s the Matter With Kansas?, Thomas Frank made the excellent point that the Karl Rove Republicans take advantage of ordinary`s people`s frustrations and resentments to lead them into voting against their best interest.
Frank`s new book, The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Rule, lacks the insight that distinguished his previous book. Why does Frank think that conservatives or liberals rule?
Does Frank think that rapture evangelicals are conservative, that Christian Zionists are conservative? If so, where did he learn his theology?
Frank can`t tell the difference between Ronald Reagan and Cheney/Bush. He conflates the collection of opportunists and fanatics that comprise the Bush Party with the Reagan conservatives who ended stagflation and the cold war. The adventurer, Jack Abramoff, is Frank`s epitome of a conservative. Abramoff is the most mentioned person in Frank`s story. In Frank`s view, conservatives are out to ruin everyone except the rich.
But it was the Clinton administration that rigged the Consumer Price Index in order to cheat retired people out of their Social Security cost of living increases.
It was the
It was the
Why doesn`t Frank know that the "Reagan deficit" was due to the collapse of inflation below the forecast, thus reducing the flow of inflated revenues into the government`s budget, whereas the Bush deficit is a result of what Nobel Democrat economist Joe Stiglitz has calculated to be a $3 trillion dollar war in the Middle East?
Frank doesn`t want to know. Like so many fighting ideological battles, he just wants to damn "the enemy."
But who is Frank`s enemy? He calls them "conservatives." But the Bush regime is a neoconservative regime. Neoconservatives, despite the name, are not conservatives. They have taken over formerly conservative publications, think tanks, and foundations and driven out the conservatives.
Neoconservatives are in the
tradition of the
French Jacobins of the 18th century. Having had the
French Revolution, the revolutionaries thought that
they should take it to all of
The true American conservative does
not believe in foreign wars. In
There is nothing conservative about launching wars of aggression on the basis of lies and deception in order to control the direction of oil pipelines and to enhance Israeli territorial expansion.
Frank misses all of this.
And what a pity that is. A false
conservative-liberal fight distracts attention from the
growing police state that is destroying civil liberties
for all Americans. It obscures the real motives of
policies in behalf of special interests that are leading
to nuclear confrontation with
What is wrecking
What is wrecking
What is wrecking
Frank`s book, The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Rule, falls into the scapegoat category of blaming the innocent and irrelevant. The Democrat Party could impeach Cheney/Bush and cut off funding for the wars and corrupt military contracts. But they do nothing and get a free pass from Frank.
The Wrecking Crew does have one virtue. Frank shows that the Republicans have spawned a new generation of brownshirts that lust to imprison, torture, and kill people. These ignorant bloodthirsty thugs see enemies everywhere and fervently desire to nuke them all. The Republican brownshirts are equally willing to kill American critics of the Bush regime as to kill Taliban and al Qaeda.
The rapture evangelicals and the neocons are euphoric at the prospect of nuclear war. Frank`s misguided barrage at conservatives, who are a brake on war and the police state, hastens end times.
Paul Craig Roberts [email him] was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury during President Reagan`s first term. He was Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal. He has held numerous academic appointments, including the William E. Simon Chair, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Georgetown University, and Senior Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He was awarded the Legion of Honor by French President Francois Mitterrand. He is the author of Supply-Side Revolution : An Insider`s Account of Policymaking in Washington; Alienation and the Soviet Economy and Meltdown: Inside the Soviet Economy, and is the co-author with Lawrence M. Stratton of The Tyranny of Good Intentions : How Prosecutors and Bureaucrats Are Trampling the Constitution in the Name of Justice. Click here for Peter Brimelow`s Forbes Magazine interview with Roberts about the recent epidemic of prosecutorial misconduct.