A post in honor of Le quatorze juillet:
One might think that conservation and conservatism have much in common, but not in this country, where conservatism is a perverse amalgam of the defense of privilege, corporate oligarchy, talibany fundamentalism, racism, and misplaced class resentment.
A U.S. Congressman, with no public input, is attempting to change the name of the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refugee to the James L. Buckley Visitor Center. A petition has been gotten up to oppose this renaming by fiat. Also, many are drawing a blank at the name Congressman Bob Turner is proposing. Not those in the small but influential Conservative Party, however, who Turner is trying to score points with. Buckley was a one-term U.S. senator for New York from 1971-1977 who won 38.7% of the vote in a six-candidate race. He represented the Conservative Party, originally formed to combat the liberalism of the state Republican Party (those were the days!). New York ballots allow for cross-party listings, meaning minor parties can have substantial clout by aligning with the two major parties: this essentially boils down to the Conservative Party with the Republicans and the (idiotically named) Working Families Party with the Democrats.
Like his McCarthyite brother William of the National Review, Buckley used his share of their Texas-oilman father’s plundered loot of Mexico to further his ideological birthright. Putting his name on a conservation-orientated building is particularly grotesque.