It was 1848 when young Karl Marx, son of a lawyer, and Friedrich Engels, son of a textile manufacturer, penned their Communist Manifesto. It was a baby-boom era, the baby boom that followed the Napoleonic Wars, and young people were feeling frisky.
But today, a year and a half after the inauguration of Barack Obama, modern day conservatives are feeling frisky. Maybe it's time to pen a "Manifesto of the Conservative Movement of the United States." Here's how it might begin:
A spectre is haunted the liberal west -- the spectre of conservatism. All the powers of the liberal establishment have entered into a secular alliance to exorcise this spectre: liberal left and Islamic extremists, left-wing professors and Hollywood moguls, Democratic politicians and government unions, feminists and gays.
Where is the conservative who has not been decried as "religious right" by opponents in power? Where is the Tea Party activist who has not been calumnied as "racist." Where is the objective reporter that has not hurled back the branding reproach of extremism, against the more advanced conservative activists, or anyone that does not truckle to the reactionary liberal elite?
Two things result from this fact:
I. Conservatism is already acknowledged by all in the liberal elite to be itself a power.
II. It is high time that conservatives should openly, in the face of the whole world, publish their views, their aims, their tendencies, and meet this nursery tale of the spectre of conservatism with a manifesto of the conservative movement itself.
I'll send the full text over to American Thinker. Then, next week, we'll put it up here.