Thursday, August 22, 2013

The Rise of the Nationalist Left

The American Conservative has this piece by Sean Scallon which covers the rise of the "nationalistic left," the left which has been infected with conservative pro-war militarism.

Sean Scallon notes that what changed the Left from the anti-Vietnam, anti-war creed to the pro-war, Clintonian, Obama-esque creed "was power, pure and simple. The end of the Cold War in 1991 took foreign policy from being the main point of difference between the two parties and let questions of economics take center stage, making it possible for a scandal-tarred five-term Governor of Arkansas to become President of the United States."

The sellout to power was similar to Thomas Jefferson's sellout in his second term to the big-government Federalist schemes, which negated all the good he did in his first term.

The Left had went from attacking Vietnam and opposing the mass killing of civilians to a celebratory, pro-war, pro-Obama position.

And it is possible to argue that American leftists, with few exceptions, have never been antiwar in the first place, as Tom Woods argues in 33 Questions About American History You're Not Supposed to Ask.

Even with the occasional anti-Iraq War outbursts that occurred during the Bush administration, there was a "loud silence," as Justin Raimondo terms it, when President Obama first came in to power.

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