I don't want to alarm Wall Streetfolks there toy with my
retirementbut has anyone else noted the fiendishly clever plot to make
conservatives look foolish and venal?
I finally caught on to it last week when I read a Washington Post
story about conservative opposition to an endowed chair honoring
University of Oklahoma law professor Anita Hillthe woman, you
remember, whose picturesque testimony nearly did in the Clarence Thomas
The conservative opposition is led by someone calling himself "E.Z.
Million"a name I swear the Post reports with a straight facewho says
he's president of something called the Oklahoma Conservative Committee,
and by a Republican state representative named Leonard Sullivan. His
name is more plausible than E.Z. Million's, but listen to his reasoning:
"All I want is to see Anita Hill in prison. . . .The left wing
drafted Anita Hill, wrote the story and promised her a chair in return.
If she can prove otherwise, let her prove it."
A solon, a wise and skillful law-giver, putting the burden of proof
on the accused? Teamed up with somebody named E.Z. Million?
That's when I remembered Dick Tuck.
Hang on. This will all fall into place in a minute.
Dick Tuck was a political prankster back in the sixties who liked
to infiltrate Republican ranks and play tricks on the The Trickster
himself, Richard Nixon. The most famous came in 1960 when he passed
himself off as part of Nixon's entourage on a whistle-stop campaign. He
put on a train crewman's hat and signalled the engineer to pull out of
the stationjust as Nixon began his speech from the caboose platform.
Tuck was the Democratic forerunner of Nixon's 1972 Dirty Tricks
Squad who played even nastier jokes on the opposition. In both cases,
though, the strategy was the same: pretend to be one of those you want
And that, I've decided, must be what's going on in the Anita Hill
case. E.Z. Million, I imagine, is someone dreamed up by a gang of aging
radicals from the sixties, their collective consciousness forever
altered by reefer madness, who've been writing whacked-out scripts for
their invented "conservatives" to follow. Sullivan, too, is a left-wing
invention. Even in Oklahoma, real state legislators don't make
accusations, then tell the accused to prove them false or go to jail.
Once I caught on to the game, I began seeing it everywhere.
For example, someone calling himself "Cal Thomas" pretends to be a
conservative columnist and writes, "If we will not be constrained from
within by the presence and power of God, we must be restrained from
without by the power of the state, acting as God's agent, in order to
conform people to a standard of righteousness. . . ."
So much for separation of church and state.
The Truth, Mainly
But if you buy my theory, you'll see that "Cal Thomas" is a
fabrication created by the radical left to discredit traditional
conservatives like Barry Goldwater. He argues "there is no place in
this country for practicing religion in politics," and keeps insisting
that the purpose of the state is not to act as God's agent, but to "stay
out of people's private lives. . . to stay out of the impossible task of
Or take the case of the ex-president's two sons, Neil and Marvin
Bush, his Secretary of State, James Baker, and his White House Chief of
Staff, John Sununu. They went with George Bush to Kuwait in April,
watched him be showered with medals, honorary degrees, and expensive
gifts, then stayed on to try to swing big-buck deals with Kuwaitis still
grateful for the liberation of their oilfields.
In his story in the Sep. 6 New Yorker, Seymour Hersh contrasts
those four with Gen. Norman Schwartzkopf, another hero to the Kuwaitis,
and someone who, like Goldwater, might be seen as a real conservative.
"American men and women were willing to die in Kuwait,"
Schwartzkopf said in explaining why he turned down offers to make
millions dealing with Kuwaitis. "Why should I profit from their
Although Baker, Sununu, and the Bush boys broke no laws, Hersh
says, they "may have damaged established notions of propriety and common
sense" by their efforts to cash in on Kuwaiti gratitude.
But of course they weren't the real Baker, Sununu, and Bush boys.
They were impersonators clumsily trying make conservatives look bad.
So the next time you hear a self-described "conservative" sounding
a little too flakyOllie North, Pat Buchanan, Rush Limbaugh come to
mindsee if you can hear Dick Tuck and his left-wing crazies giggling
in the background.
I know conspiracy theories like this are a little scary, but I'm
just trying to put these sham conservatives in the best light. What's
really scary is the remote possibility they're genuine.
Satterfield is a college professor and writes as a means of discovery.