Mar 30, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 28 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
If you harbor any doubts that “conservative” is an all-purpose epithet in the press, then Simon Denyer, the Washington Post’s China bureau chief, will happily erase those doubts. Writing last week about threats to freedom of speech and scholarly inquiry in the former British colony of Hong Kong (“In Hong Kong, fears of Chinese restrictions on academic freedom grow,” March 15), he made it clear where the problem lies: It’s the People’s Republic of China “and its conserv-ative backers in Hong Kong” who want to censor speech and shut down academic freedom.
Never mind, of course, that the People’s Republic of China—or Red China, as we unreconstructed types used to call it—is stepping up its commitment to Marxist ideology, to Communist principles, and to the doctrines of its founder (and sometime left-wing hero) Mao Zedong. According to Denyer, the enemies of personal liberty, free speech, and intellectual inquiry in Hong Kong are on the right, not the left. He tells us that Hong Kong’s Communist governor, Leung Chun-ying, “is accused of appointing supporters and conservative figures to university governing councils,” and that “academics are concerned that China and its conservative backers in Hong Kong are trying to . . . rein in criticism and silence a source of unrest.”
The Scrapbook assumes that Denyer, the former Reuters bureau chief in Washington, is aware that “conservatives” are, in fact, the people who don’t like Marxism, call themselves anti-Communist, are appalled by restrictions on freedom of speech on campus, were worried when Britain handed Hong Kong over to Beijing (1997)—and regard the People’s Republic of China as a long-term threat to American freedom and security.
To our knowledge, the people who like Beijing and revile Taiwan are called liberals, and the people who think Hong Kong would have been better off under continued British rule are called conservatives. But not by Simon Denyer’s reckoning, and he and his colleagues are consistent on the point.
For example, the hard-line, anti-American Islam-ists who have governed Iran since 1979 are “conservatives” to the Simon Denyers of the world—even though “conservatives” are the Americans who oppose the Obama administration’s appeasement of Iran. Indeed, this rhetorical sleight-of-hand is nothing new: In the days of the old Soviet Union, it was “conservatives” in the Kremlin who suppressed political freedom and opposed free markets, while liberals in America favored appeasing Moscow. A mirror image, as it were, of the truth.
But the point, then as now, was not to clarify meaning, or depict reality, but to enshrine political prejudice in journalism. Liberals are the Good Guys in the media serial, while conservatives, under any and all circumstances, are just plain Bad. And who cares if Truth must be twisted and turned? If the Beijing leftists/Communists/Marxists prevail in Hong Kong, it will be the fault of conservatives!
10:10 AM, Mar 2, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Roger Williams, a two-term congressman from the Dallas suburbs and longtime GOP fundraiser, will be the new chair of the House Conservatives Fund, a federal political action committee that’s been practically dormant for several cycles. The 65-year-old Williams, who cut his political teeth as a fundraiser for George W. Bush’s gubernatorial and presidential runs, says he plans to be a major fundraising force in the 2016 House races.
Why the left can’t tolerate this movie.Feb 2, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 20 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
"So-called ‘sand movies,’ the term Hollywood sometimes uses for films set in Afghanistan and Iraq, have a terrible box office track record,” noted the New York Times. Or rather, they had a terrible box office track record. The release of American Sniper, a biopic about Iraq war veteran and legendary Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, has changed all that.
They wanted a public drama, and got it.Jan 19, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 18 • By FRED BARNES
"I'm for the most conservative outcome that we can get,” Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell told Politico’s Manu Raju last summer. House speaker John Boehner would agree with that goal. But critics to their right disagree. They are for the most conservative outcome they cannot get.
The populist backlash against immigration and the EU superstate continues. Dec 22, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 15 • By DOMINIC GREEN
"The winner,” ABBA advised in 1980, “takes it all. The loser has to fall.” But not in Swedish politics, where proportional representation has created a smorgasbord of parties and has now contributed to a crisis of democracy.
Britain’s UKIP raises the question: Can an anti-political party ever be a political success?May 26, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 35 • By TED R. BROMUND
10:46 AM, Mar 5, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Darrell Issa asked Lois Lerner a serier of devastating questions about her involvment in the IRS's targeting of conservatives.
[Slide 1] In October 2010, you told a Duke University group: “The Supreme Court dealt a huge blow, overturning a 100-year-old precedent that basically corporations couldn’t give directly to political campaigns. And everyone is up in arms because they don’t like it. The Federal Election Commission can’t do anything about it. They want the IRS to fix the problem.”
11:06 AM, Feb 11, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Another conservative organization has endorsed congressman Paul Broun in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate in Georgia. The Madison Project, headed up by former Kansas congressman Jim Ryun, endorsed Broun over four other major GOP candidates.
1:58 PM, Jul 17, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Career IRS employees have testified on Capitol Hill that the federal agency's chief counsel played a part in the scandal of targeting conseratives, the House Ways and Means Committee announced today in a press release. As a result, House Ways and Means Committee chair Dave Camp, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chair Darrell Issa, Ways and Means Subcommittee chair Charles Boustany Jr, and Oversight Subcommittee chair Jim Jordan have sent a letter to the IRS requesting "new documents related to IRS employee discussions about the 2010 election, the Citizens United Supreme Court decision, and the tax-exempt status of Tea Party groups," a press release announces.
Republican attorneys general: the unsung heroes in challenging the Obama agenda Jul 22, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 42 • By FRED BARNES
Can you name the attorney general of your state? I’m betting most folks can’t. There’s a reason. Campaigns for attorney general get scant media attention, causing voters to ignore down-ballot races. This is unfortunate, especially if you reside in a red state. Because in the past few years Republican attorneys general have become a growing force in national affairs. They’re not quite a conservative juggernaut, but they’re headed that way.