MT. AIRY, MARYLAND — Charles Bloch’s recent posting on
VDARE.COM about Human Events distancing itself from Pat Buchanan’s
recent syndicated column “Did
Hitler Really Want War?” picks
away the scab that defines the American Right: the modern “conservative” establishment.
Buchanan’s column was pulled from Human
in the wake of liberal Jewish criticism. Bloch, a Jewish supporter
of Buchanan, criticized the decision to remove the column.
The growing menace of political correctness and increasing political
persecution from the intolerant radical Left reveal the spinelessness
of Conservatism, Inc., in defending bedrock positions that once defined
the political Right.
As a fixture on the Washington political scene, Human
Events and other
editors and owners of “conservative” publications tread
carefully around “controversies” that can run afoul of
the “PC” police.
The current owner and the former editor of Human
Events crave political
access — to political insiders on Capital Hill, executive department
agencies, and the mass media — and accessibility requires acceptance.
Anything that jeopardizes this fragile arrangement could sever this
The core beliefs that defined the Old Right were limited government,
individual liberty, restraint in foreign intervention, a robust national
defense, and opposition to egalitarian “social justice.” These
policies are increasingly perceived as political liabilities to the
conservative establishment — an institution that buckles to political
correctness in order to remain in good standing with the political
culture of Washington.
Access to power involves compromise and concession; principled views
and beliefs are rendered expendable for political expediency. Hosting
parties and schmoozing with politicians, committee chairmen, congressional
staffers, political consultants, and journalists are more important
than speaking candidly about politically inconvenient truths.
Pat Buchanan is one of the few exceptions to this trend on the Right.
He believes in speaking freely in a “free” society and
letting the chips fall where they may. Buchanan is willing to take
the flak for stating unpopular truths. The fact that all too many conservative
careerists require backbone replacement surgery has allowed the political
adversaries of the Right to gain the moral ground in terms of what
is acceptable to and what is off-limits from civil discourse.
The real irony is that Buchanan’s recent column would have fit
right in with the pro-isolationist views of the founding editors of
Human Events (Felix Morley and Frank Chodorov). The America First Committee
(AFC) mailing list was used to build the publication’s initial
subscription base in the mid-1940s. Diplomatic Historian Charles C.
Tansill, Pearl Harbor author and Chicago Tribune editorial writer George
Morgenstern, attorney and author John T. Flynn, financial journalist
Garet Garrett, Edna Lonigan, author and Soviet Union expert William
Henry Chamberlin, Major General J. F. C. Fuller, and leading anticommunist
author Freda Utley were regular contributors to Human Events.
One hero of Thomas Winter, Human Events’ long-time co-owner
and current editor-in-chief, is John T. Flynn. Flynn, a lawyer, author,
and prominent critic of the Roosevelt administration, headed the AFC’s
New York chapter and rallied the organization into effective opposition
to FDR’s interventionism. He introduced aviator and conservationist
Charles Lindbergh during an AFC rally at Madison Square Garden.
Winter opposed Buchanan on a number of issues and would not have published
his columns had Buchanan lacked substantial appeal among grassroots
conservatives. Winter disliked “think” pieces (reflections
on The Bell Curve or any politically disruptive thoughts) and instead
preferred boilerplate “conservative” rip-and-read diatribes,
such as “Hillary Watch” and “Jihad Watch” columns.
He routinely referred to critiques of multiculturalism as “boring.”
It is pathetic that Human Events, a pillar of the Old Right,
has become intellectually hollowed out over the years. The publication
continues to cave in to its critics and detractors. Over the years
one could find on the pages of Human Events articles by southern
author Richard Weaver; North Carolina Senator Sam Ervin, Jr.; awarding-winning Washington
Times columnist Sam Francis; Georgia Rep. Larry MacDonald; and
a number of stalwart “Old Right” luminaries. The publication
— which once led the way in opposing the Martin Luther King, Jr., federal
holiday and supported the dismantling of the Department of Education
(DOE) — remained silent on the issue of closing down DOE in order
to placate former Bush Administration “outreach” liaison
Had Heidi Beirich of the Southern Poverty Law Center been a radical
activist during the early years of Human Events, she would
have faced astronomic phone bills — and major opposition — in her
quest to sanitize the ranks of the Right and make America a safe-haven
for radical egalitarianism. The fact that the “conservative” movement
is filled with spineless social climbers willing to sacrifice the truth
for short-term political expediency becomes more and more evident,
as Charles Bloch reminds us, when fellow political colleagues become
complicit in their adversary’s “Reign of Terror.”
Lamb Amongst Wolves column by Kevin Lamb is copyright © 2009
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Kevin Lamb, a columnist and writer, served
as managing editor of Human Events from 2002-2005.
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