During my service as an Ambassador and Assistant Secretary of State under President Reagan, a quiet but constant tug of war went on between the Reagan conservatives and the Bush Republicans, though supposedly all of us were pulling in the same direction. My brief as Assistant Secretary for International Organizations (IO- the bureau that, among other things, keeps track of the goings-on at the United Nations) included implementing Reagan’s policy of withholding U.S. contributions to the UN until real management reforms were agreed upon and carried forward. I also got involved with issues that reflected Reagan’s principled pro-life stands, and his strong commitment to defend Israel from the Arab inspired lynch mob more or less permanently on call throughout the UN system during those years.
Apparently one of the more polite terms of opprobrium the Bush forces used to pan conservatives like me was that we were excessively “ideological”. To tell the truth, I always wore the intended slight as a badge of honor, since it signified their reaction to my consistent efforts to make sure my actions served the ideas and principles Reagan stood for.
Meanwhile whether in or out of power the leftists who control the Democrat party have had no qualms about being “excessively ideological.” While the Bush Republicans obligingly kept real conservatives running in place throughout their years of pre-eminence (while sopping them periodically with rhetoric and phony gestures of support), the Democrats looked for ways to promote their agenda of abortion, state atheism, and the erosive destruction of the traditional family (It’s the major obstacle to totalitarian government control of the society.) Now that the leftists are surging with confidence, Obama shows no qualms about promoting “excessively ideological” extremists like Chas Freeman and Kathleen Sebelius to positions of controlling authority in the areas where they can do the most harm (from a conservative point of view.) Instead of running in place, they’re poised to rush forward, like a good running back exploiting the chink of daylight that signals the way to at least a first down and who knows what more beyond that.
When are conservatives going to wake up and ponder the fact that the acronym for Running In Place is- R.I.P.