David Frum

05.24.12

Another One Leaves the Movement

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Protesters, including Linda Dorr of Laguna Beach, Calif., demonstrated against the Affordable Care Act outside of the Supreme Court on Monday, as the court began hearing arguments against the law's constitutionality. (Jacquelyn Martin / AP Photo)

Michael Fumento, perhaps best known for his controversial book, The Myth of Heterosexual AIDS, resigns from conservatism as it is now defined:

All of today’s right-wing darlings got there by mastering what Burke feared most: screaming “J’accuse! J’accuse!” Turning people against each other. Taking seeds of fear, anger and hatred and planting them to grow a new crop.

Conservatism has also historically emphasized empiricism. Joe Friday of “Dragnet” must have been a conservative: “All we want are the facts, Ma’am.” When President Reagan famously said, “Facts are stupid things,” he meant to quote President John Adams’ observation that “Facts are stubborn things.” But how much fact was there in Heartland’s billboards, whose shock purpose has been likened to tactics of the hard-left animal activist group PETA, with whom I’ve repeatedly locked horns.