Eric Heubeck

The Radical Right Roadmap – Paul Weyrich and his disciple, Eric Heubeck

To many of our readers, what you are about to read will put into words events and actions that you have watched unfold, but may not have connected all the dots to see the larger picture of what has happened—how it was planned and executed.

In a now out-of-print article from the (liberal leaning) American Prospect, picked up by the Yurica Report, uber-conservative Paul Weyrich stunned the religious right by calling for a retreat from temporal concerns. “Conservatives have learned to succeed in politics,” he wrote in an open letter which is no longer available on the Web site www.freecongress.org. “But that did not result in the adoption of our agenda. The reason, I think, is that politics itself has failed. And politics has failed because of the collapse of the culture.” The right no longer had a “moral majority,” he wrote. The solution? “To look at ways to separate ourselves from the institutions that have been captured by the ideology of Political Correctness, or by other enemies of our traditional culture.” In essence, he said, the religious right should espouse cultural and political separatism–by setting up its own schools, television networks, and even courts of law.

The rest of the country breathed a sigh of relief. No more silly Disney boycotts by southern Baptists. No more flaky school-board members pushing creationism. No more Paul Weyrich!

The whew, alas, was premature. It turns out that what Weyrich and his folks really had in mind was less separatism than guerrilla warfare–a “New Traditionalist” movement that, according to its manifesto, written by Weyrich protégé Eric Heubeck and bearing the grandiose title “The Integration of Theory and Practice: A Program for the New Traditionalist Movement,” would seek “to advance a true traditionalist counter-culture based on virtue, excellence, and self-discipline.” The New Traditionalists–who sound a lot like the old traditionalists–will “reject the materialism, hedonism, consumerism, egoism, and the cult of self-actualization which permeate modern life.” Heubeck elaborates:

“We will not try to reform existing institutions. We only intend to weaken them, and eventually destroy them. We will endeavor to knock our opponents off-balance and unsettle them at every opportunity. . . . We will maintain a constant barrage of criticism against the Left. We will attack the very legitimacy of the Left. We will not give them a moment’s rest. We will endeavor to prove that the Left does not deserve to hold sway over the heart and mind of a single American.

And we thought you’d forsaken us.

A Time Magazine article added to this that;

“The Bush administration is apparently quite cozy with Weyrich.  Each Wednesday Rove dispatches a top administration official to attend the regular conservative-coalition lunches held at Paul Weyrich’s Free Congress Foundation. When activists call his office with a problem, Rove doesn’t pass them off to an aide. He often responds himself. When Weyrich heard a few weeks ago that Bush’s budget slashed funding for a favorite project called the Police Corps, which gives scholarships and training to police cadets, he complained to the White House. To Weyrich’s surprise, Rove called back. “We’ve taken care of it,” Rove said. “The problem is solved.” Weyrich, who says his memos to the Reagan and Bush Sr. White Houses were rarely read, was impressed. “That,” he gushes, “is what it means to have friends in the White House.” More →

If Republicans hate government so much, why do they so desperately want to run (and own) ours?

Author’s note: Next week the Republicans will have their Presidential Convention, and if you listen to the Republican Politicians and the pundits, you can expect to hear a lot of talk about “Small Government”, “Limited Government”, “Low Taxes”, “Deficit Reduction” and the like. This is the first of a series that is intended to examine Radical Right Republican rhetoric vs reality, their talk versus their behavior. I believe the two are at polar opposites.

Ever since Ronald Reagan’s pronouncement that “Government is the Problem”, Republicans have been running against the government, and at the same time, they desperately want to run, or own the government.

I’d like to explore this dichotomy, and try to analyze why it exists, and try to determine if the Republican behavior matches their rhetoric. I suspect it won’t, but will provide my argument and you can decide for yourself.

It seems far more likely to me that Republicans, and radicalized far-right Republicans see maintaining their hold on the levers of government, with its unparalleled ability to organize capital at all levels through the taxing power, is a fine means to redistribute wealth from the general citizenry, you and me, to the wealthy and the power elites, from which they come. In case you’ve never seen President Reagan’s pronouncement, here it is:

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