Meet The New Counterculture: Modern Conservatives Employ Tactics Formerly Associated With Radical Left

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This is reported from the perspective of a highly regarded liberal media institution regarding conservative culture as an alien, unfamiliar phenomenon. (even though conservatives occupy about 90% of the land mass of the U.S.) so the Post‘s unavoidable bias is hard to miss. There are (or will be) better, more balanced articles about this, but this one certainly has its merits.

For the The Washington PostPhilip Bump reports:

The American counterculture was once defined by hippies marching on the streets of San Francisco or taking over buildings at Berkeley. This overlapped during the 1960s with the Supreme Court of Earl Warren, the popular benchmark of an activist judiciary.

“John Hawkins suggested that conservatives ‘learn from what he wrote and give the Left a taste of its own medicine.'”

[Also see – Packed Murrieta Town Hall Sounds Alarm On Illegal Immigrant Invasion]

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A scene from Murrieta. (REUTERS/Sam Hodgson)

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That was then. Now, this group is older, whiter, and much less likely to have voted for Eugene McCarthy.or-die

“Townhall.com ran an essay arguing that conservatives should see Saul Alinsky’s famous how-to guide Rules for Radicals not as a reason to mock their opponents, but as a useful guide for their own protest.”

In Murrieta, California, scores of conservative protesters block buses filled with immigrants from arriving in the city. In Nevada, hundreds rally to bolster rancher Cliven Bundy’s fight against what they see as improper government intrusion. These are to some extent offshoots of a broader, fading movement — the tea party — which saw protests at statehouses, over phone lines, and at the Capitol as a critical form of engagement.

Meanwhile, in Washington, the Supreme Court rejects forcing employers to pay for birth control against their religious beliefs. It rolls back the Voting Rights Act and campaign finance laws. House Speaker John Boehner goes so far as to ask the courts to intervene against President Obama’s executive actions — shortly before the court rejected one example of Obama acting outside of the constraints of the legislature. In Mississippi, a conservative politician hopes the courts will overturn the results of an election.

In 2012, the conservative site Townhall.com ran an essay arguing that conservatives should see Saul Alinsky‘s famous how-to guide Rules for Radicals not as a reason to mock their opponents, but as a useful guide for their own protest. Listing Alinsky’s 13 rules for shifting the balance of power between the Haves and Have-Nots (which Alinsky framed in economic terms), the site’s John Hawkins suggested that conservatives “learn from what he wrote and give the Left a taste of its own medicine.”

They were already doing so. The Occupy movement — an effort by the economic Have-Nots to put pressure on the Haves — was clearly inspired by the radicalism of the 1960s. But so were the tea party protests that were happening at about the same time. This wasn’t a cohesive, deliberate application of a national strategy, but it was (and is) driven by the same spirit. The Haves that the tea party Have-Nots are protesting aren’t the wealthy, or aren’t only the wealthy…(read more)

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