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How Bill Kristol Closed the Conservative Mind
THE AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE ^ | 12/18/2018 | Jack Hunter

Posted on 12/18/2018 10:32:49 PM PST by Forgotten Amendments

“Kristol was trying to remake the Republican Party,” Carlson says.

A significant part of Kristol’s GOP makeover project was portraying antiwar conservatives as heretics.

Carlson recounts, “Years later, writer Philip Weiss described a conversation he had with Kristol in which this [remaking the GOP] became explicit. There are Republicans, Kristol told Weiss, ‘of whom I disapprove so much that I won’t appear with them. That I’ve encouraged that they be expelled or not welcomed into the Republican Party.’”

“’I’d be happy if Ron Paul left and ran as a third party candidate. I was very happy when Pat Buchanan was allowed to go off and run as a third party candidate,’” Carlson recalls Weiss saying of his conversation with Kristol.

This is no secret. The most high-profile conservative proponents of a more restrained foreign policy over the last two decades—Pat Buchanan, Ron Paul, and Rand Paul—were constant targets of Kristol long before the rise of Donald Trump.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: globalists; gope; kristol; libertarians; media; patbuchanan; randpaul; rinos; ronpaul; ronpaulians
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Don't celebrate. These commies ruined the GOP (& FR) a decade ago. They won.

Enjoy sending your children to die in Somalia/Syria, etc.

1 posted on 12/18/2018 10:32:49 PM PST by Forgotten Amendments
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To: Forgotten Amendments
I had Kristol and his sycophants pegged as a bunch of globalist war merchants years ago. Took a lot of sh!t here for it, but I was always measured and reasonable in my remarks (usually, LOL).

It's a shame so many good Freepers were banished or self-exiled over the years over it, but I must say it's a great year when John McCain, GHWB and the Weekly Standard all meet their demise.

2 posted on 12/18/2018 10:37:38 PM PST by Alberta's Child ("The Russians escaped while we weren't watching them ... like Russians will.")
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The most high-profile conservative proponents of a more restrained foreign policy over the last two decades—Pat Buchanan, Ron Paul, and Rand Paul …
OK, so where are the conservatives?

And thanks to draconian rules of engagement put on our military, no foreign policy has been more restrained than that of the USA. People like Kristol were part of that restraint too.
3 posted on 12/18/2018 10:43:44 PM PST by Olog-hai ("No Republican, no matter how liberal, is going to woo a Democratic vote." -- Ronald Reagan, 1960)
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To: Olog-hai

We are now starting to see the first generation of U.S. soldiers serving in Afghanistan who weren’t even alive on 9/11. There’s nothing “restrained” about our foreign policy.


4 posted on 12/18/2018 10:47:11 PM PST by Alberta's Child ("The Russians escaped while we weren't watching them ... like Russians will.")
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To: Alberta's Child

Have the rules of engagement been changed?

If not, restraint still in place. Afghanistan should have been properly conquered and the Taliban just a bad memory.


5 posted on 12/18/2018 10:50:12 PM PST by Olog-hai ("No Republican, no matter how liberal, is going to woo a Democratic vote." -- Ronald Reagan, 1960)
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To: Forgotten Amendments
Real conservatives, today, evidently don't bother about gun control legislation such as the bump-stock ban. Also, we don't give a whit about that Cruz fellow what got some knuckleheads banned. The important thing is to blow out our silly individualistic attitudes and toe the line. Hop to it, Stormy Boys!
6 posted on 12/18/2018 10:52:34 PM PST by golux
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To: golux

Did Buchanan have something on him with his amen corner comment/


7 posted on 12/18/2018 10:59:58 PM PST by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
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To: Forgotten Amendments; All

Bill, I never did anything in my life but inherit Daddy’s money, Kristol is the son of a man that was a Leon Trotsky loyalist in Mexico.

The Apple does not fall far from the tree...

Bill Kristol is a Globalist (formerly known as Communist and Socialist). He hates Nationalism, Christianity and Capitalism. This is why he projects his hate on to President Trump who is the opposite.


8 posted on 12/18/2018 11:38:31 PM PST by Enlightened1
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To: Forgotten Amendments

The wise choice of the American people in electing President Trump is that it thwarted and pissed off a lot of important people who “wanted to remake America”. We like America the way it was founded!!


9 posted on 12/18/2018 11:41:35 PM PST by Dapper 26
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To: Forgotten Amendments; Alberta's Child
The comments on that site are gold.

For such a loved magazine, no one except a few like minded authors are mourning The Weekly Standards passing.

That says how much influence Kristol's really had - none.

11 posted on 12/19/2018 12:20:41 AM PST by Widget Jr
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To: Forgotten Amendments

And I’ll be happy once Bill Kristol is expelled from this Earth. How’s that?


12 posted on 12/19/2018 12:45:06 AM PST by brewcrew1965 (Liberalism is a mental disorder.)
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To: Widget Jr
"... For such a loved magazine, no one except a few like minded authors are mourning The Weekly Standards passing. That says how much influence Kristol's really had - none."

Well said!

Old Bill surely held himself in much higher regard that the overwhelming majority of conservatives.

About the only time he was quoted was by a MSM Trump hating author who would inevitably call him a traditional conservative publication..... that should tell you something?

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I always assumed he was an endowment baby because he didn't seem bright enough or possessing the personality to get ahead in the world.

13 posted on 12/19/2018 12:53:38 AM PST by Sa-teef
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To: Olog-hai

17 years of making war against a country that didn’t attack us is pretty much the definition of “unrestrained”.


14 posted on 12/19/2018 12:57:31 AM PST by thoughtomator (Number of arrested coup conspirators to date: 2)
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To: Forgotten Amendments

Did they restart the draft?


15 posted on 12/19/2018 1:19:06 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: Enlightened1

Bkmrk.


16 posted on 12/19/2018 1:41:14 AM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear
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To: Alberta's Child

We make a mistake branding ourselves as conservative. It is anathema to many young people. The original Republicans were Radical. That’s where we need to be.


17 posted on 12/19/2018 3:01:21 AM PST by steve8714
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To: steve8714

Even Lincoln was not a Radical Republican.

Extremism in the pursuit of liberty is no vice and moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue. - Goldwater (who wasn’t that radical either, especially when he got old)


18 posted on 12/19/2018 3:14:57 AM PST by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (Reverse Wickard v Filburn (1942) - and - ISLAM DELENDA EST)
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To: Forgotten Amendments

Afghanistan is a training ground with live targets you can actually kill.


19 posted on 12/19/2018 3:17:19 AM PST by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (Reverse Wickard v Filburn (1942) - and - ISLAM DELENDA EST)
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To: Olog-hai
"Rules of engagement" and "foreign policy" are two different things.

How exactly would the U.S. conquer Afghanistan?

20 posted on 12/19/2018 3:25:53 AM PST by Alberta's Child ("The Russians escaped while we weren't watching them ... like Russians will.")
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