6/25/08

Conservative Values Lesson One: Keep an Enemies List

1. Keep an enemies list.

Current Instance: The Press, or the Media nowadays, is liberal and biased and on my enemies list.

From the National Review
Obamaweek in Review
Reading Newsweek so you don’t have to.

By Mark Hemingway

Conservatives have long complained about media bias. There’s been much gnashing of teeth and rending of garments over the topic, and not without reason. So many articles (and even books) have been produced on the matter that to add one more to the list seems to be an exercise in post mortem equine sadism. >>more ad nauseum>>
Historical Precedent: This conservative value was explained most succinctly in the principle behind the Nixon enemies list:
In a memorandum from John Dean to Lawrence Higby (August 16, 1971), Dean explained the purpose of the list succinctly:
This memorandum addresses the matter of how we can maximize the fact of our incumbency in dealing with persons known to be active in their opposition to our Administration; stated a bit more bluntly—how we can use the available federal machinery to screw our political enemies.
P.S. I'm going to work hard to research and uncover other conservative values. Right now though, I can't think of any...

3 comments:

John D. Enright said...

Lots of people keep enemies lists. Here are just a few of them, and I don't think these people are conservatives. Get a grip and report things fairly and honestly.

Bill Clinton's Enemies List by the Politico.Com;

Keith Oberman's Enemies List;

The Scientology Enemies List;

Victoria Beckham's Enemies List;

ESPN's Enemies List;

etc.

Tzvee said...

Seems like you didn't read what Dean said was the purpose of maintaining this conservative political value -"stated a bit more bluntly—how we can use the available federal machinery to screw our political enemies." See it's not just a list of people you disagree with... oh never mind, think whatever you want.

John D. Enright said...

Just what do you think Clinton's list and the others are for? So they know who shouldn't get invited to Thanksgiving Dinner?