The New Counterculture
Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2003
On Nov. 7, 1972, the New Left, also known as the “Counterculture,” suffered a major defeat at the polls when Leftist presidential candidate George McGovern lost 49 states to Richard Nixon.
Nixon’s joy was short-lived. His re-election caused a furious counter-reaction by the emerging Hard-Left ideologues like Hillary Rodham Clinton. This movement, nurtured on the dreams of a Marxist-style revolution, had to settle instead for grown-up pragmatism that had as its basic tenet that to destroy the hated “system,” you first had to join it.
They left the romantic Counterculture behind and moved into positions in American institutions that would most likely provide the corrosive powers denied them in the voting booth.
In two short years, the passion that supported a quixotic McGovern presidential bid was used to monkey-wrench the hated Nixon administration. They forced Nixon to resign, and American politics has never been the same.
Republicans for their part have been unable to admit that while they won the election in 1972, those same hate-filled political opponents they faced were able to undermine Nixon’s popularity so that he dropped from being a very popular president to being one of the most hated. Most Republicans preferred to believe instead that what had happened to Nixon was good, old-fashioned politics – mean-spirited to be sure, but as American as apple pie.
Many also preferred to believe that the New Left simply faded away after McGovern’s remarkable defeat, but those who persist in believing a “warm fuzzy” fiction in spite of the facts do so to the detriment of the Conservative Movement and the very future of this nation as we remember it.
Conservatives were mistaken when they believed the fall of the Soviet Union meant the defeat of worldwide Communism. Conservatives made fighting the Cold War a foundation upon which they built a successful movement.
Never mind that China, North Korea, Cuba and just about every Arab nation maintained Marxist-style dictatorships. The temptation to declare a major win and to announce that all was well was just too good to resist. The loud clinking of champagne glasses at VIP victory celebrations drowned out the warnings that our own homegrown Socialists and Marxists were still very hard at work, and that they were winning!
Burrowing deeper in our institutions, these termites never wavered from their dreams of weakening the United States by demonizing Capitalism, throwing out Judeo-Christian influences, and further empowering the greedy, bureaucratic United Nations that held for them the promise of world-wide Socialism.
In 1972, those on the Right who fancied themselves historians and political pundits declared the New Left dead, if not buried. They then marched off to slay other dragons and to set up guard posts on the fronts they believed more important to the Republic.
Whatever concentration they gave to the so-called “leftover Communism” fell on distant shores, and they ignored repeated warnings that the New Left was not gone at all but, like the Mafia, had decided to go “legit.”
Before and after McGovern’s defeat, Communist Party USA member Saul D. Alinsky was mentoring a young Hillary Rodham, encouraging her to become part of the system the Left hated so much. Hillary took Alinsky’s advice and joined her Leftist friends on the Senate staff of the Committee to Impeach Richard Nixon.
The Conservatives had their mentors and authors and philosophers, too, like Ayn Rand, Russell Kirk and Milton Friedman – but the difference was that our movement was based mostly on honestly, self-reliance and hard work. In other words, Traditional American Values.
But Alinsky was an accomplished liar, meaning the major component used for victory in his movement was just the opposite – it was the generous use of the “lie.”
Alinsky taught Hillary and thousands like her that the truth was relative, and that truth should be used as a simple “tool” to apply to any situation to ensure a win. Alinsky understood that if you could not win, you would not have power to rule and make change.
Alinsky also understood that while lying was considered by most to be unethical and unseemly, it was certainly not illegal when used in the political theater – and after all, that was the stage upon which they would accomplish their agenda.
In 1993, Bill Clinton became president, guided by Hillary and the ghost of Saul Alinsky. They won the White House with only 20 years of hard work, and enjoyed two terms in office. The political wing of the Hard-Left finally joined the rest of the American institutions, already corrupted by the Hard-Left termites.
From the mainstream media, to academic professors proudly proclaiming their Marxist ideology, to a demented Hollywood in love with the Hard-Left’s “Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll” – everywhere you look you can find the degrading and demeaning influences of the Hard-Left, who simply followed the powerful political guidebook written by Saul Alinsky.
Their best achievement has been the federal court system. When President Bush tries to alter the course of any one of the institutions – especially the system obviously hijacked by this very dangerous political movement – the Alinsky-ists react in a fury reminiscent of their post-McGovern outrage, and find a way to stop him.
Republicans and many Conservatives continue to ignore the growing evidence that the New Left has matured into a “Hard-Left” that even now is beginning to worry traditional Democrats like Sen. Zell Miller. Sen. Miller broke ranks with the Democratic Party leadership when he wrote a book detailing his concerns.
In following the advice of political tacticians like Saul Alinsky, the New Left Counterculture has become the Establishment in less than 20 years. They easily elbowed out of the way the honest, decent, patriotic Republicans – especially Conservatives who still insist we are dealing with good old-fashioned politics rather than a dangerous force determined to destroy forever the America that some of us still remember.
Remarkably, the Hard-Left has also fooled their own party faithful, the Heartland Democrats. These good people neither comprehend, nor would they ever agree with, where Alinskyism is taking us all.
Alinsky, being the faithful Marxist that he was, had no other destination than outright Marxism for America; but don’t count on the timid and gentle Republican Party to save us from this destructive path. Apparently, the GOP would rather live in its own lie of defeating worldwide Communism than to admit that it failed to maintain a watch within our own borders.
Maybe the Heartland Democrats can save the day. They are not as naive as their friends on the Conservative Right who cannot, or will not, believe there are citizens born and raised here who for some reason hate this country and are determined to bring it down.
I call them Alinsky’s Marxists, and Hillary Clinton could be their queen. They are today’s mainstream – they are now “the hated System.” And that makes those of us who know the enemy – and are determined to fight this dishonest, debilitating and insidious corruption – the “New Counterculture.”
Gary Aldrich is the author of the recently released hard-hitting book, "Thunder on the Left: An Insider’s Report on the Hijacking of the Democratic Party," an exposé of the clear and present danger the Hard-Left’s agenda presents to our national security and our freedoms. Available now at Amazon.com!
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