If nothing else good comes of this presidential election than at least we’re seeing the farce known as the modern conservative movement exposed for what it is.
Others have documented much more thoroughly than I how conservatives have essentially become anchors dragged behind the progressive ship. Their values are today what liberals advocated 20 years ago.
At the same time, they accept the Left’s frame of a discussion time and time again. They assume whatever premise is offered. Then they turn around and insist true believers on the Right adhere to these newly adopted rules.
There’s a reason why there’s the term cuckservative and no equivalent for the Left because they don’t turn on their own or sell them out to the Right.
It’s gotten to the point where conservatives not only embrace the inclusion of women on the front lines but openly call for their daughters to be drafted in service of the state.
Having your sons conscripted is a tragedy; having the daughters conscripted is an affront against the natural order of things.
They’ve also helped aid the total destruction of the institution of marriage yet tell young men to “man up” and marry. They bought into the phony 1 in 4/5 college campus sexual assault myth that has been thoroughly debunked.
Yes, they’re fighting the whole transgender movement. For now. But how long will that last? We’re here arguing about it because they lost previous battles. Not only that, but these same people send their daughters and sons to schools where they are taught to embrace these values. What they fight against the next generation will think is perfectly normal.
As Malcolm X said, only a fool lets an enemy educate his offspring.
You can see the fragility of the conservative position in how they feebly attack Trump. It’s not that he’s always right or even mostly right. It’s that they can’t articulate what it is they believe compared to him because they don’t stand for anything specific. And even if they do their claims don’t match the record.
In other words, what are they trying to conserve and how well have they done it?
The only thing they’ve done is acted as controlled opposition so they can receive checks from concerned Americans while selling them out as soon as the check is cashed.
Gregory Hood at Radixjournal writes:
This is a key difference between conservatives and progressives. While progressives work to pull their institutions (and by extension, the culture) to the Left, conservatives constantly try to triangulate between their “friends” on the Left and the hated white constituency who actually reads or views them on TV. If the opportunity arises, they’ll jump ship altogether. Conservative journalists and even activists have no real stake in the success of their own movement. Indeed, the “worse” things get, the more money than can make. Who can doubt the Beltway Right is salivating at the financial prospects offered by another Clinton Administration?
The result is the old pattern of the American Right losing in slow motion, with the timeless “conservative values” simply being today’s progressivism after a few years delay. Insofar as there is a “populist” tone to American conservatism, it combines paranoia with political correctness, leading to idiotic campaigns about secret “Islamist” plots to impose Sharia rather than rational discussions about the implications of racial reality and demographic change.
There’s rhetoric about limited government and freedom we hear from conservatives, but what do they have to show for themselves in the last 30 years? We live in a surveillance state and have to let TSA agents search our bodies before we board airplanes.
Recall that their patron saint Ronald Reagan couldn’t even kill off the Department of Education back in the 1980s. When Republicans controlled all three branches in the early 2000s we got Medicaid Part D. They’ve gone from the anti-interventionist stance of the 1930s to “let’s bomb everything that looks remotely unAmerican.”
About the only thing they’ve not compromised on completely has been guns.
We’re seeing a realignment of the political spectrum. It used to be Left v. Right, conservative versus progressive. Now it will be nationalist versus globalist.
Unfortunately for the libertarian it is a poor choice to make.