As I've been following the OWS story these last few weeks, as the movement both grows and evolves, I've had a recurrent sense that I've heard it all before. And yesterday it hit me: Allen Drury had chronicled this years ago.
Drury's "Washington series" of novels beginning with "Advise and Consent", were the political and social equivalent of Tom Clancy's cold war technothrillers. He was undoubtedly the key conservative novelist ( if the term can be used) of the period, yet today his work is largely forgotten. In many ways, the recurrent themes of freedom vs. collectivism; big government vs. limited; a robust defense vs. an apologetic foreign policy, are far better espoused, and more relevant to America, than in Ayn Rand's two seminal novels. Indeed, that may well be why Drury hasn't enjoyed a renaissance..while each novel stands on its own as a story, a good read; to fully "get" Drury's genius, you almost have to read all seven of the Washington novels. It's a committment, but a worthy one.
It appears that the institutional national Democrat aprty, along with two of its major constituencies, assorted liberal advocacy groups and labor unions, are now about to fully embrace the OWS crowd. Conservatives should devoutly hope this occurs, for it will mean the demise of the Democrat party.
Drury foretold this is his chilling descriptions of the "Movement", the nameless faceless mobs that could be summoned to appear, and demonstrate violently in support of progressive causes. He chronicaled the chilling attempts to erode our freedoms in the name of helping the masses. He foretold of the "One Big Union," which we see happening here today, as unions are much less about helping their members, and far more about trying to secure a radical social makeover of America.
So who is the "Fred van Ackerman", the evil genius of today's Senate Democrat caucus? Harry Reid, Chuck Schumer, or perhaps Sherrod Brown? ( my personal choice)
Note: Many Red Staters are avid readers of history. Drury was a Senate correspondant for UPI from 1943-1945, and he kept a journal. It was published in 1963, ( "A Senate Journal") after the great success of "Advise and Consent", and contains fascinating and insightful information about the Senate leaders during WW II. It's a superb read, fro those interested in this period of our history, and well worth trying to find a copy of the book.