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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Halting Republican infighting -- By David Keene, The Washington Times

Illustration by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times (Illustration by Linas Garsys, The Washington Times)

The New York Times and veteran conservative rabble-rouser Richard Viguerie are happily predicting a "Republican Civil War" between "establishment" Republicans and populist conservatives that could make the Goldwater-Rockefeller struggle of the 1960s and the Reagan-Ford battle of the '70s look like child's play.

In politics, ambition, ego and profound political differences can lead to internal struggles within a party as new faces appear on the scene or when party elites lose touch with the party members and the voters they supposedly represent. That's what happened in the '60s as a newly emerging conservative movement clashed with a GOP establishment that was clearly out of touch.

The Republican Party of the '50s and '60s wasn't much interested in fighting the increasingly collectivist trend of the age, but in better managing it. The GOP criticism of the Democrats running the New Deal programs bequeathed to the nation by Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman was not that there was anything wrong with the programs themselves, but that the American public would be better served if level-headed Republican managers were running them.

The modern conservative movement emerged with William F. Buckley Jr.'s founding of National Review in 1955 and his taking on the mission of standing "athwart history, yelling 'stop,' at a time when no one is inclined to do so, or to have much patience with those who so urge it." The new conservatives were men and women with little interest in running a more efficient welfare state or learning to get along with the Soviet Union, but in fundamentally changing the nation's thinking on these vital issues.

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