Happy Birthday, Vast Right Wing Conspiracy!
By Bruce Walker
On Sunday, January 27, 2008, our nation celebrates an important political anniversary. Ten years ago Hillary Clinton (then the First Lady) went on television with Matt Lauer and said:
"This is the great story here for anybody willing to find and write about it and explain it is this vast right-wing conspiracy that has been conspiring against my husband since the day he announced for president."
The truth, of course, is different. The "vast right wing conspiracy" or VRWC lives on today, and is vast -- it includes tens of millions of intelligent Americans who have been systematically marginalized, demonized and defamed in the public debate about America. It has voices because technology, tenacity and innovation gave it voices, in spite of those who hold most of the levers of power in America. Rush Limbaugh worked in the trenches of the AM side of radio and was fired from radio jobs until he created his own place of influence. Anyone who listens to Rush knows that he makes his own mind up, that he panders to no faction, and that he stands up to any critics. This is hardly the stuff of secret groups plotting the destruction of an amoral politician from Arkansas.
The blogs that disassembled the plan to smear President Bush with forged documents about his National Guard service were open, not secret, about their findings. It was the blindfolded Leftist established press with its nonexistent research departments that yawned while the National Guard hoax was foisted on America a few weeks before the 2004 elections. The patriots who exposed the dubious heroism of John Kerry were slimed, not thanked, by the bureaucracy of Leftism which is CBS, NBS, ABC, CNN and all the other acronyms for mendacity. So, the term "Swift Boated" had come to mean something different from telling the truth, although that is precisely what the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth did.