Written by someone who lived under Communist rule and saw the end of it makes an interesting comparison between the Communist leaders of his country and youth with today’s GOP and their media cronies.
And many times it has been asked when the GOP started down the path they are on and the answer has been, many times, Newt Gingrich as Speaker of the House. Mr. Klavana found a much earlier indicator of where the party was going: Ronald Reagan, 1964.
…”as much as I admire Ronald Reagan and his role in the defeat of communism, I must start with his 1964 speech in support of Barry Goldwater, “A Time for Choosing.” The speech’s impact on conservative politics was enormous and largely laudable, but it also contained an early sign that something might have been a bit off with the movement he was helping to build. It was like watching small shoots of weeds that over decades were allowed to grow, eventually killing the crops of an honorable party.
In 1964, Reagan and Goldwater redefined politics on the right, making it more idea-driven and goal-oriented instead of just pragmatic. The strategy would succeed beyond the Gipper’s wildest dreams. Still, Reagan’s address includes this paragraph:
I’d like to suggest there is no such thing as a left or right. There’s only an up or down: [up] man’s old—old-aged dream, the ultimate in individual freedom consistent with law and order, or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism. And regardless of their sincerity, their humanitarian motives, those who would trade our freedom for security have embarked on this downward course.
The mode of thought to which this passage opens the door is dangerous. It implies that the other side is not just wrong on specific matters of contention, but dangerous—that it is pushing in a potentially deadly direction. No longer do we have the realm of democratic politics in which two parties spar over the right course of action yet, regardless of who wins, the system remains intact.” (Emphasis added)