GLEN COVE, NY — Liberals see powerful centralized
government as a way to achieve what they think is good. Neocons, although
they disagree on what constitutes the good, share this view. Conservatives,
in contrast, see powerful centralized government as a problem rather
than a means to a solution.
Liberals, in complete control of the American government, are heading
for disaster. They have virtually destroyed our foreign policy. They
are piling up deficits several times as large as the excessive deficit
of last year. They promote policies that may well lead to the loss
of the AAA rating of U. S. Treasury bonds and notes. They are inviting
double digit inflation. They are growing the size of government and
shrinking the size of private enterprise. They are encouraging all
kinds of unspeakable immorality. They are putting us at greater risk
of attacks by terrorists. They are destroying our medical system. These
actions can only end in a disaster; when they do, the country will
turn either to conservatives or neocons.
If the neocons maintain a stranglehold on the Republican Party, they
will probably benefit from the coming disaster. If their stranglehold
is broken, there may be a rebirth of liberty.
Neocons love the pomp of military power without the decades of self-denial
that goes into making a good general or admiral. Their foreign policy
is aggressive in parts of the world where America’s interest
is minimal. They have raised to over 100 the number of countries in
which American troops are posted. There is a real danger that if the
liberals achieve their trainwreck, a neocon on a white horse (or at
least one in a camouflaged Humvee) will offer himself to save the country.
Such a new leader in a crisis brings a threat of tyranny.
We can avoid this by creating a new conservative majority without
neocon infiltration. Conservatives must reach two groups: Americans
concerned by the overreaching of the federal government, and Americans
concerned about the moral decay of the country. Both groups are needed
to achieve a majority. If neocons plot to increase the overreaching
of the federal government, the majority coalition will collapse in
This means we must gather together people who are seriously committed
to reduce the size of the federal civilian bureaucracy at a minimum
to that of the first term of Ronald Reagan. These people must tell
the truth about immigration, even if it is politically incorrect. These
people must be committed to a return to a country that supports decency,
the right to life, public honesty, and law and order. These people
must be truly serious about re-creating a country in which the federal
government keeps its nose out of our business and the city government
keeps the criminals off of our streets. These people must be serious
about disengaging from foreign conflicts that have little effect on
If we cannot do this before the current liberal recklessness finally
creates a disaster that the people find intolerable, we may have to
live with a demagogue who calls himself a conservative but expands
the iron grip of the federal government. These are crucial times, and
the alternatives are stark: liberty or a strong man.
The Confederate Lawyer column is copyright © 2009
by Charles G. Mills and the Fitzgerald Griffin Foundation, www.fgfBooks.com.
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Charles G. Mills is the Judge Advocate or general counsel for the
New York State American Legion. He has forty years of experience in
many trial and appellate courts and has published several articles
about the law.
See his biographical sketch and additional columns here.
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