Mary Grabar

The Countculturalists and Gitmo North

2009 December 26

Who is responsible for Guantanamo detainees ending up here?

Editor’s note: Click here for a collection of the previous exchanges between Pajamas Media’s Mary Grabar and NewsReal’s David Swindle in this dialogue regarding marijuana legalization, conservatism, and the counterculture.

David, thank you for letting me reply once more.

You’re right:

“It’s not pot-smoking counterculturalists that are sending Guantanamo detainees to Illinois.”

But the counterculturalists voted and campaigned for Obama and company, who are sending Guantanamo detainees to Illinois.  And though it is true that Harry Reid and Howard Dean adopt the veneer of respectability in terms of their lifestyles and appearances, they are the ones carrying out the counterculture’s aims.  (And how much more counterculture can you be than being a “community organizer”—the first profession of Bill Ayers?)  And it is the counterculture that is instituted in education at all levels that very deeply indoctrinates future voters (and at levels most have no inkling of).  I’ve seen that and written about it. read more…

Marijuana, Conservatism, and the Culture Wars

2009 December 23

Read Mary Grabar’s original Pajamas Media article here.

Read David Swindle’s NewsReal rebuttal here.

I will respond to your post, David, because it, like many of the posts in response to my column points to a very important divide in the conservative/libertarian movement.  Thank you for the opportunity.

Your post also points to a war of ideas, a war that conservative strategists have ignored to their peril.  We lost the last election because we lost the culture war.  I make that claim based on my experience of teaching college for almost twenty years.  I have been in the middle of the culture wars, have seen its impact on young people and seen it played out on the political field.  Make no mistake about it: The Left strategized for the long term and outlined their plans in 1962 in the Port Huron Statement.

Conservatives have been playing defense ever since.  My tenured Leftist colleagues declare victory publicly and loudly.

Many, including those on our side, have simply forgotten the traditions and values that inform the fight. read more…

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