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And I just ate breakfast, too.

The State of Conservatism - NYTimes.com:
Also present was The Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker, prom-girl pretty and winner of a Pulitzer this spring for “gracefully sharing the experiences and values that lead her to unpredictable conclusions,” including a rebuke of Sarah Palin. “Like all the best conservatives, I started off as a liberal,” she trilled.

As a lifelong Falangist, I'd be pretty insulted by that little crack, if I gave a rabid rat's ass about her opinion. I don't think Kathleen Parker would know what conservatism is if it slept with her for a thousand and one nights, leaving roses on her pillow in the morning and bringing candles and bubbly to bed in the evening. What an utterly disgusting woman.

(Moe Lane)


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Jun. 14th, 2010 05:03 pm (UTC)
Just for my education, why does that line bother you?

Just so's ya know's I find the line, "At twenty a young man should be liberal, at fifty he must be conservative." pretty...useless, I guess. Which mean we might not be all that far off the beam from each other.

ETA: Or maybe not. I just looked up "Falangist/ism" and am throughly confused. (Not just Wikipedia, but Consevapeida, and an online dictionary as well. So I'm generalizing from THREE examples...)
Jun. 14th, 2010 05:55 pm (UTC)
Having been a pro-military, Catholic conservative (=Falangist) ever since I could remember, I find the line profoundly insulting. Especially from an intellectualoid who was one of the "Obamacons" who declared their support for Obama in the 2008 election. WTF kind of conservatism is that? As far as I'm concerned, for someone like her to lay claim to being "one of the best conservatives" is vile and contemptible. B as in B, S as in S, as Joe Soucheray is fond of saying.

That line about liberals and conservatives (I've seen it as "If a man is not a liberal at the age of twenty, he has no heart; if a man is not a conservative at the age of forty, he has no brain") is more amusing than accurate, as you say.

Falangism can be pretty confusing, depending on where in Spanish history you look at it. I don't seriously believe in an authoritarian Catholic regime myself, but it's useful shorthand to describe myself, because I don't really fit in with the National Review crowd, the socially-liberal libertarians or the social conservatives in the military. I'm in the middle of all three groups.
Jun. 14th, 2010 10:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the info! Part of my confusion about Falangism is due to my thinking it was some sort of faanish thing, due to my reading it as Fananglisim...

It seems to me the "If a man is not..." quote is one of Churchill's, right?
Jun. 15th, 2010 12:48 am (UTC)
I've seen it attributed to Winston Churchill and also to Georges Clemenceau, who like Churchill was known for having a sharp tongue.
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