Part of the Problem
- Mar 20, 2011
The funny thing is Dirksen is a key person in the shift away from real conservatism in the US which was isolationist, anti-imperialist, and supportive of labor unions. Dirksen represents the shift toward international anti-communism against the "Moscow Puppets" and "closet socialists" like Robert Taft who was opposed to Cold War escalation and supported low income housing (though had a poor record on labor unionism).
It's always hilarious to me how the "moderate" wing of the party accuses the Right of being socialists and unpatriotic before steering the country into unnecessary wars and acquiescing to the Left's plans to expand government, be it failing to roll back the Great Society while ramping up in 'Nam, the crushing of the Tafties or, most recently, that "Unpatriotic Conservatives" article in Bill Buckley's no-account rag.