Facets: Paleo-Conservatism – What promoted Liberty & The American Dream


Without knowing who and what we are as Americans, truth is but a dream…

By TLB Contributor: Ken LaRive

America did not get into the shape it is in by accident. There is a sound science to wrest control of government from the people, and our founders emphatically warned us. They might be proud that we made it this far, but would now shake us soundly. The enemy is no longer at the gates, but have made their nest inside of our own government.

You see, what a political group calls themselves no longer matters today, it is what they do that will determine who they are, and what they should be called. America is on the verge of collapse, our liberties strangled, our constitution shredded, and government is to blame… They, and our own ignorant laziness…

There are some now in the White House who should be tried for treason, though at this time they are so powerful, backed by such managed control outside of our country, they are now untouchable. To take our country back, to put it on the right track once again, we will have to organize like never before seen in this country… There is hope, and the suggestion presented below is the only sure avenue to win… It won’t be easy, but nothing of substance, nothing of true value, is. Isn’t America worth the effort?

First, we must see the enemy…. We must look into his eyes, and though this may seem a bit uncomfortable to consider, but only a mirror could do that…

Our own worst enemy might be our ignorance, or our lethargic and trusting nature that has woven itself into the American fabric. But it is more than that. We are being played, and one thing that will rouse us out of our slumber more than anything else is that… Americans do not like to be played as fools

It may not be necessary to truly know the enemy, he is far too complicated, and can change his stripes at will. Like a chameleon, this entity can pull and push us, and wants us to believe that he can destroy us at will, and for some, this fear is most paralyzing… There is only one way to fight an adversary like this, an antagonist who hides in the folds, and has no conscience. Before anything, from truth to action, we must know who we are. Like nothing else, a national identity will give us everything we need, and if we could adhere to that, we would be unstoppable. America could once again be a shining beacon to the world.

If we could define ourselves collectively, as Americans, we could vote into office those who reflect these views… If they are found lying, or corrupt, we should oust them and fast, even before they can finish term. We have no choice but to play hard-ball now. Why? Because they do, the power they weld, puts our very existence is at stake… Indeed, America is broke, we have an eroded infrastructure, and we have significantly lost the ability produce… We are consumers, not producers… and this must change.

Of all of the definitions in political philosophy, from the Right to Left, the Liberal, the Progressive, the Neo Con, the one American Political Philosophy that has been most harmed is the Paleocon. And for good reason. It is the basis of American Conservatism, and our true hope to take America back.

It isn’t taught in our liberal/progressive/socialistic universities for a reason. It takes the power from a top-heavy central government and gives it back to the people, the strength, the truth, and the light of America.

So what is a Paleo-conservitive?

Paleo-conservatism, or a Paleocon, is a conservative political philosophy found mostly in the United States. It is the framework that made us the greatest nation ever to exist on this earth, where freedom, liberty, moral and ethical value, and the very laws of our Republic were struck It was a place where the prosperity of capitalism flourished, and was the shining ideal that made us the envy of the world.

Its principles are what was once termed “the great experiment” and it stressed American traditional family values, individual responsibility, honor, loyalty, and self pride for hard work and a job well done.

It is the revival of our original conservative ideal.

It advocates a limited and non-intrusive government, a civil society based on moral law, anti nationalism, and anti-federalism. It advocates a small but well-defined federal government, dominated by a stronger state government, and generally favors confederation. Our early Paleocons were “anti-federalists” and this ideal later became the Confederacy of the United States.

Understand and note here that Paleo-conservatism does not necessarily adhere to any particular party line. It is dynamic, both collective and personal, and takes historical precedence from both kin and culture.

Opposed to neoconservatives, they have emphatic disagreement on issues such as immigration, affirmative action, open housing, the funding of allies abroad, foreign wars (especially undeclared), and further criticize both social welfare and social democracy. They also refer negatively to the “welfare-warfare state,” “the bias and racism of Church-State,” and opposes government dominance by propaganda, taboo, and deception that promotes “slavery of the spirit,” referred to as “polite totalitarianism.”

Paleo-conservatives view their political philosophy to be fundamental and legitimately American, a typical American conservative tradition that dates back to our framers, to the very core of our Republic based on Law.

To further understand Paleo-conservative though read the Rockford Institute’s Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture, where Pat Buchanan became, early in his life, a staunch advocate. He helped create another renowned Paleocon publication called The American Conservative, trying to revive the Libertarian standard we once were. Single Issues by Joseph Sobran, also defined social conservatism as expressed in the late 20th century.

Though most Americans are swept along by their immediate wants and needs, some, so disenfranchised and disenchanted, refuse steadfastly to participate in the system. And what the Obama administration is advocating is becoming more and more clear to all: The Progressives and Neocons on both sides of the isle have the same mindset, gig dominating government, with country populated with easily controlled people..

There is a revival of Paleo-conservatism in the grass-root “Tea-Party” movement, though most cannot yet identify with that ideal, or even define the term. None-the-less, the idiom Paleocon is at the center of this movement, and is the strength and conviction we need to win our country back.

You see…

When we get to the point when we can define who and what we are, we will find the path open and unimpeded. You see… it is an old and emphatic idiom: the world gets out of the way for anything self directed, especially a righteous cause. And yes, Paleo-conservatism is only one of many paths America has and can take. There are many, but this ideal is the true essence of what promoted liberty and the American dream. Read about that in The Federalist Papers.

Author’s note: Wikipedia: James Burnham, left an important influence on paleocons, especially on Samuel Francis. Paul Gottfried said that the two men believed that social forces create ideologies—and that “moral visions are the mere accompaniments of the process by which classes make themselves economically dominant and try to control other groups.”

Burmham wrote in 1967:

“In real life, men are joined on a much less than universal scale into a variety of groupings—family, community, church, business, club, party, etc.—which on the political scale reach the maximum significant limit in the nation. Since there is at present time no Humanity or Mankind (socially and historically speaking), there cannot be a World Government—though conceivably there could be a world empire.”

Core beliefs from Wikipedia: The prefix paleo derives from the Greek root palaeo- meaning “ancient” or “old”. It is somewhat tongue-in-cheek—and refers to the paleocons’ claim to represent a more historic, authentic conservative tradition than that found in neoconservative. Adherents of paleoconservatism often describe themselves simply as “paleo-.” Rich Lowry of National Review claims the prefix “is designed to obscure the fact that it is a recent ideological creation of post-Cold War politics.”

The paleoconservatives use the suffix conservative somewhat differently from some American opponents of Leftism. Paleocons may reject attempts by Rush Limbaugh and others to graft short-term policy goals—such as school choice, enterprise zones, and faith-based initiatives—into the core of conservatism. This is mainly due to the paleoconservative’s desire to see these incorporated as long-term institutional goals, rather than short-term victories for the movement itself. In this way, paleocons are generally regarded as taking the “long view” toward American conservatism, willing to suffer temporary setbacks while never taking their aim off the goal of establishing the primacy of conservative thought into American politics.

Moreover, Samuel T. Francis, Thomas Fleming and some other paleocons de-emphasized the “conservative” part of the “paleoconservative” label, saying that they do not want the status quo preserved. Fleming and Paul Gottfried called such thinking “stupid tenacity” and described it as “a series of trenches dug in defense of last year’s revolution.” Francis defined authentic conservatism as “the survival and enhancement of a particular people and its institutionalized cultural expressions.”

He said of the paleoconservative movement:

What paleoconservatism tries to tell Americans is that the dominant forces in their society are no longer committed to conserving the traditions, institutions, and values that created and formed it, and, therefore, that those who are really conservative in any serious sense and wish to live under those traditions, institutions, and values need to oppose the dominant forces and form new ones.

The earliest mention of the word paleoconservative listed in Nexis is a use in the October 20, 1984, issue of The Nation, referring to academic economists who allegedly work to redefine poverty. The American Heritage Dictionary (fourth edition) lists a generic, informal use of the term, meaning “extremely or stubbornly conservative in political matters.” Outside of the United States, the word is sometimes spelled palaeoconservative.



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