Skip to comments.Fighting to Win the Culture War
Posted on 03/12/2014 4:36:04 PM PDT by rightwingerpatriot
As a conservative, I have often bemoaned movies, tv shows, and musical acts that relentlessly push a progressive liberal agenda that is anathema to the American character. I know many others look at the entertainment industry and education and throw their hands up in despair or, even worse, meekly accept the garbage being spewed. Too often we are willing to turn the other cheek in the ongoing culture war, and I think that's a colossal mistake. I agree with the late Andrew Breitbart that we need to engage in the culture war as it impacts every facet of our lives and influences younger generations for years to come. It's very true that politics are downstream from entertainment, and I would also throw in education as well.
We've become used to the constant liberal bias in the mainstream media, so many have turned to alternative media such as talk radio and the internet. It is far past time that we do the same with entertainment. The far left bias on tv and in the movies is staggering. The NCIS shows featured Christmas episodes where Christians were cold-blooded murderers and bombers. We have the Law & Order shows where as soon as you see a person who is a businessman, conservative, or a Christian, you know that he's the guilty party. The Cosmos series devotes a good chuck of time depicting the Catholic Church as evil villains. Then we have the comics doing everything in their power to prop up Obama and go after conservatives. We have Jimmy Fallon mocking Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin. There's Will Ferrell and his Funny or Die buddies promoting ObamaCare and sucking up to the man. Every election cycle, we have musicians get in a tizzy and demand that conservatives don't use their music at rallies despite the fact that the music had been licensed by them in the first place. Then there's the musicians and actors who preach to us about global warming while jetting around the world, living a lavish lifestyle that the rest of us can only dream about.
The culture wars extend to the classroom as teachers no longer teach subjects that students need to know but instead focus on rants or digs against conservatives. Wear a t-shirt with the American flag or an NRA logo? Prepare to be disciplined! Colleges are filled with tenured lunatics that I wouldn't trust to change the oil in my car but parents spend tens of thousands per year to have their children be indoctrinated by them.
So what are we to do about winning the culture war? The first thing is to realize that such a struggle won't be won overnight. There is no quick fix and it will take a long time to undo the damage. The best thing that we have going is the real world. When young people leave college, they run into the harsh reality where not everybody gets a trophy or everyone walks on eggshells so as not inflict "micro-aggressions" on the poor dears. Another key step is to be vigilant. Pay attention to what your children are being taught in schools and actually meet and talk to the teachers. Go to school board meetings and stand up for American values. If you feel that your child isn't getting a quality education, don't be afraid to pull them out. My brother and his wife pulled their children out of the public school system due to the inferior quality and enrolled them in an online school, where they monitored everything their kids were doing. In this modern age, the internet is an amazing tool that we need to take advantage of.
One important act we can do to win the culture war is to starve the enemy. If you see a tv show, actor, or musician that promotes values contrary to yours, then don't support them. Stop watching the show or buying their music. Don't buy the dvds or licensed merchandise. Support those who do represent your beliefs. Money does talk even if Hollywood usually appears deaf. Why fork over ten bucks to see a Matt Damon film just to give him a platform to trash you? Voting with your wallet is a powerful tool. Probably one of the hardest things to do is to cut your cable. With bundled cable, money goes directly to far left networks even if you're not watching them. Streaming is becoming more prevalent with individual channels streaming shows along with services like Netflix and Hulu.
Lastly, get involved in the culture war. For decades, we conservatives yielded entertainment and education to the far left. Think about going into teaching or opening up a charter school. If you're creative, then put your ideas into action and get them out to the marketplace. Don't like your kids reading comics that preach liberalism? Then create your own and put them out for all to see. The same goes with movies, art, and books. The bottleneck on entertainment distribution has been demolished with the rising internet. You can easily post your creations on your own website or self-publish. Kickstarter is a great tool that will allow you to support those looking to create projects that are in sync with your values as well as a way for you to garner support for your work. We can also start donating books, comics, and music to schools, libraries, and civic groups to promote the conservative message of American exceptionalism an liberty.
There is so much that we can do to fight to win the ongoing culture war. We've lost a lot of ground to the progressive liberals and it'll be a hard fight to gain that back. It is possible, even if it will take a long time to do so. However, we have the tools to accomplish our goals along with the fact that conservatism works to uplift people while hardcore liberalism does the exact opposite. It's up to us to have the will to use these tools in order to win.
I joined Viewers voice to take part in surveys about television shows.
I agree with you that we can’t simply shut culture out, that is just losing through refusal to fight.
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