If you really want to take a hike back to yesterday where conservatives were thundering that government governs best which governs least and wrapping themselves around Washingtons Farewell Address warning against entangling alliances, the days of the celluloid high collars, William E. Borah, high button shoes and Henry Clays high protective tariff, read The American Conservative magazine which, unfortunately, is put out by a good man gone so far right hes dropping off the edge of his flat world, Pat Buchanan. To read it is to get a whiff of the 19th century. Theyre still fighting our entry into World War II, still threatening to saw off the east coast and let it float out to sea. The most rabid of the lot isnt Pat who dances close to the edge but returns to home base occasionallyits none other than Paul Craig Roberts, the once sound supply side economist who used to write editorials for The Wall Street Journal but now crusades fervently to return us to Fortress America. Pat can at least write and is entertaining with inflammatory doggerel. To think that Roberts was once a major domo in Jack Kemps presidential campaignand now hes come to this.
Roberts and Howard Dean are ideological soul-mates with Roberts writing favorably about Mahathir Mohamad the former prime minister of Maslaysia who spoke at a rump Human Rights Conference asking who are the terroriststhe Iraqis or the Americans? Believe it or not Roberts summarizes his column with the whole world is asking this question. One shouldnt get too upset about these Full Mooners, however, since it proves that conservatives now are so numerous they can afford to have their own brand of nuts. In the mid-1950s when the paleo right were dangerous with the John Birch Society tinted with anti-Semitism which threatened to engulf the entire movement, Bill Buckley helped excommunicate them from conservatism. The paleos dont warrant being hounded out of the right now because they are so far outnumbered.