On July 4, 1776, the date Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence, our United States of America was born. This July 4th it will be 236 years old. Its Constitution and mostly two-party system has been through tough times and survived. But it may not be able to survive against greed posing as patriotism and conservatism.
Napoleon Bonaparte – “Money has no fatherland, financiers are without patriotism and without decency, their sole object is gain.”
Ian Fleming – “If I'd been alive fifty years ago, the brand of Conservatism we have today would have been damn near called Communism “
Henry A. Wallace – “They claim to be super-patriots, but they would destroy every liberty guaranteed by the Constitution. They follow power and the dollar wherever they may lead.”
Andy Rooney. – “At no time do people work so well together to achieve the same goal as they do in wartime. Maybe that's enough to make patriotism eligible to be considered a virtue. If only I could get out of my mind the most patriotic people who ever lived, the Nazi Germans.”
Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein – “Odd as it may seem to cite Jack Abramoff as a character witness about the evils of political money—a bit like citing the Marquis de Sade of the evils of torture—he may be the best eyewitness to the deeply corrosive and corrupting effect of the money culture. Abramoff believes that anyone who has or seeks a contract with the federal government should be prohibited from making campaign contributions.”
Last week I wrote of missing the true voice of Conservatives (Invasion of the Killer Bee Body-Snatchers.) Norman J, Ornstein, of The Anerican Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank, with Thomas E. Mann, has written, “It’s Even Worse Than It Looks,” dealing with “the new politics of extremism.” They are the voice of true Conservatism, and as refreshing as a walk in the woods after a spring shower. I’ll be turning to them again. And again.