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FP: Wait, are you saying the Right should start fighting with no sense of shame either?
Walsh: Yes. Shame is for chumps. The right needs to learn to fight the way America fought in World War II, giving no quarter and expecting nothing less than unconditional surrender; after all, that’s what the Left explicitly does, and is proud of us. Some on our side are too squeamish, or think it’s beneath then, but when the President of the United States talks about “hand-to-combat” after the election, he’s not kidding, metaphorically speaking. The Left’s favorite word is “fight.” The Right’s is “negotiate.” But negotiation is almost always undertaken from a position of weakness, disguised as moral strength. We should negotiate with the Left the same way Patton negotiated with the Wehrmacht.
FP: Why did you invent “David Kahane”?
Walsh: Because the truth is often more effectively delivered when it’s disguised as parody or satire. Most of what ”Dave” has been saying for the past three years has in fact now come true — not because I’m clairvoyant, but because no idea is too ridiculous for the Left to promulgate. Remember that in a siege, the besiegers don’t have to knock all the walls down: they only have to breach one of them, and then they can come pouring through. Academe is now their base camp and the media is their trebuchet. Conservatives can no longer hope the walls hold, but instead must go forth and engage the enemy on the field of intellectual battle. As Milton writes in the Areopagitica, “I can not praise a fugitive and cloistered virtue, unexercised and unbreathed, that never sallies out and sees her adversary, but slinks out of the race, where that immortal garland is to be run for, not without dust and heat.” It’s long past time to stop pretending we’re too good to get down in the mud with the Left — we’re already in the mud. Now the only question is whether we’re going to fight.
FP: We’ve read that you were once a progressive yourself, is this true?
Walsh: Never! I attended college from 1967-1971 and while I may have looked like a hippie back then, I relished the intellectual combat that took place every day on campus. It was my first look at the unvarnished, spiteful and hateful face of the hard Left, always so full of rage and unearned moral dudgeon, and it’s stayed with me forever. When Obama shouted about the country’s being “five days away from fundamental transformation,” I knew exactly what he was talking about. And now so does the rest of the nation.
FP: Your thoughts on the Left’s behavior in the terror war?
Walsh: As disgraceful as its behavior in any other sphere. For a month or so after 9/11, I had friends on the left coming up to me and saying things like, “It’s a good thing your guy Bush won the election; can you imagine if Gore had won?’ But they soon lost their fear and were back to their old tricks, which is sedition under the false flag of patriotism. The evil that Alinsky did lives on after him.
FP: What do you hope your book will help achieve?
Walsh: That people on both sides will listen to my alter ego, “David Kahane” and realize that he’s speaking the truth. There are no words, concepts or ideas that I put into his mouth that I have not heard seriously floated by the left; they’re almost beyond parody, although I’ve certainly tried. Most important, I want conservatives to wake up and realize that they’re in the fight of their lives, that (as Obama says, referring to the Left) “this is our moment.” And to take it as seriously as the Left means it. They really do think this is their moment: of triumph, of revenge, of payback. And they won’t let it go without a, to use their favorite word, fight.
FP: Michael Walsh, thank you for joining Frontpage Interview.
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