in their own words

By Diogenes (articles ) | Jul 14, 2006

The dominant trend in American conservatism today is made up of people who are "enemies of freedom, antidemocratic, antiequality, highly prejudiced, mean-spirited, power hungry, Machiavellian and amoral."

OK, I found that claim in a op-ed piece, published in the pages of the notoriously liberal Boston Globe. So you might think the writer is just a few degrees off true magnetic north when it comes to objectivity.

But wait. The writer is citing the work of a "leading researcher" (funny; he doesn't name him). More remarkably, that string of epithets is not something the writer or his "researcher" friend made up, but "how these people have consistently described themselves when being anonymously tested, by the tens of thousands over the past several decades."

If you were being anonymously tested-- and there's a good chance you were, since "tens of thousands" of people have been-- would you describe yourself as "highly prejudiced, mean-spirited, power hungry, Machiavellian and amoral." That's what our op-ed writer claims.

So here's what it comes down to: Are you going to accept that description as factual? Or are you going to be so suspicious (as well as highly prejudiced and amoral) that you doubt the word of Watergate mastermind John Dean?

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  • Posted by: Eleazar - Jul. 17, 2006 7:44 AM ET USA

    If by "enemies of freedom, antidemocratic, antiequality, highly prejudiced, mean-spirited, power hungry, Machiavellian and amoral,” he means people who will look the evil that has become American culture in the face, point out its many failings and call it to repentance, I say, please God, send us more!

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Jul. 15, 2006 4:28 PM ET USA

    Dean reminds me of some lapsed Catholics. Nobody can hate the Church more than somebody who, for whatever reasons he may have, has decided to leave her. With Dean, it's conservatism in general and the Republican party in particular that he has come to hate---with a burning hatred beyond all reason.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 14, 2006 6:21 PM ET USA

    Oh my. I feel so wounded being criticized by the leading moral paragon of our age, John Dean. Take two Watergate scoundrels, Dean and Chuck Colson and tell me who has redeemed his life? Which one has dedicared himself to service of others? Which one has made Jesus Christ the center of his life? When Chuck Colson sees fit to criticize me, I will listen. And the Globe gives a platform to John No Honor Among Thieves Dean. Give me a break!

  • Posted by: - Jul. 14, 2006 10:06 AM ET USA

    Actually, I would so describe myself. I think I have done so. I didn't know I was being tested at the time, though.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 14, 2006 8:41 AM ET USA

    I say, look around and put the finger on the "authoritarians" who have infiltrated the conservative movement. Have them locked up at Guantanamo. If there are questions of truth, have a panel of leading authorities (selected from leading researchers at a variety of our Institutes of Higher Education) judge whether or not they are truly "enemies of freedom". Then we can persuade John Dean to rejoin us in the conservative movement. We must purge the authoritarians! Thanks, John.