A Memo to the Conservative Action Project
Recently, a group known as the Conservative Action Project has been issuing “Memos to the Movement,” meaning the conservative movement. All the Memos are signed by several significant conservative movement activists. The Memos address various policy issues and appear designed to present a unified and authoritative voice of conservatism and from which disparate activists can take both talking points and policy direction. Not every memo is signed by the same people, but there are some regulars.
The Purpose of the Conservative Action Project appears in the heading of the Memos.
The Conservative Action Project, chaired by former Attorney General Edwin Meese, is designed to facilitate conservative leaders working together on behalf of common goals. Participation is extended to leaders of groups representing all major elements of the conservative movement—economic, social and national security.
This alone is not objectionable although those of us on the paleo or alternative right should be forgiven if we see an attempt to perpetuate “three-legs-of-the-stool” movement conservatism in that last line. Most of the Memos so far have been largely acceptable form an alt-right standpoint although they have been predictably movementy. For example the Memos on the Health Care Bill and the Stimulus Package provide wonkish critiques and measured responses but fall short of assailing them both as the unconstitutional usurpations that they are.
Unfortunately, the Conservative Action Project really showed its true movement colors with their latest offering on missile defense. The “national security” they refer to in their nod to the three legged coalition does not seem to be the actual security of the United States, but the security of Poland, the Czech Republic, Georgia, Israel, etc. (Funny but I don’t find protecting Poland anywhere in the Constitution.) The reaction on the alt-right has been harsh and deservedly so.