The Cult of Reagan, and Other Neocon Follies (Tom Woods)Submitted by bobbyw24 on Sat, 10/01/2011 - 07:10
by Thomas E. Woods, Jr.
Some time ago The American Spectator’s Jeffrey Lord claimed Ron Paul’s foreign policy of nonintervention was "liberal," and that conservatives are supposed to be hawkish on foreign policy. Now to some extent, no one really cares about these labels, and who qualifies as what. But it is obviously false to say that supporters of nonintervention must be left-liberals. I showed this in my YouTube response, which dismantled Lord’s entire position:
I figured that would be it. There is no wiggle room left for Lord after that. As Gary North put it, "The lesson here is simple: don’t get Woods on your case if you are saying really stupid things about American history."
Yet he came back for more. With a busy schedule both personally and professionally, I have only now had the time to respond, which I’m doing in a series of bullet points.
1) I pointed out in the video that the anti-imperialist movement in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries was dominated by the conservatives, as historian William Leuchtenberg has noted. I likewise pointed out that we may count on one hand the number of Progressives who opposed U.S. entry into World War I. I further noted that the recent interventions Lord supports were likewise supported by Hillary Clinton, Howard Stern, the New York Times, and the Washington Post (among others I mentioned). Before Lord goes attacking other people for their tactical alliances, he might make note of the beam in his own eye.
Lord does not acknowledge any of this. I wouldn’t, either, were I in his shoes.
2) Lord is obsessed with Ronald Reagan, and again condemns Ron Paul for opposing Reagan’s expansion of government power. The weird cult of personality around the deceased former president reveals that Reagan has become the Right’s Obama: a man whose every action is to be treated as ipso facto brilliant, perhaps even divinely inspired. Critics are mere heretics whose arguments need not actually be refuted; the mere fact that they have disagreed with the Great Leader is enough to condemn them forever.