Skip to comments.The Need For A Militant Conservative Movement
Posted on 07/01/2011 11:46:16 AM PDT by neverdem
Late last week, the New York State Senate voted to legalize homosexual marriage, giving equality with heterosexual marriage, the foundational unit of every single human society in the last 5,000 years of recorded history.
This is an enormous victory for the gay rights movement and for the American left. Like most of the left's victories in recent years, it could not have happened without the support of the Republican Party (which controls the New York State Senate). Republican fingerprints are all over Roe v. Wade, No Child Left Behind, affirmative action, amnesty for illegals, and the expansion of Medicare. Indeed, gay marriage failed in New York when the Democrats controlled the State Senate in 2009.
It's time for conservatives to face the truth: there is no conservative party in the United States. There is a leftist party, and a slightly-less-leftist party.
Forty percent of Americans self-identify as conservatives. Yet conservatives could not muster enough political support to defend traditional, heterosexual marriage against homosexuals, who comprise less than five percent of the population. But the gays -- whose campaign in New York was fronted by the circus freak Lady Gaga -- have been everywhere, French-kissing on the steps of state capitols from Sacramento to Albany, marching through the streets of San Francisco in bondage leather, throwing condoms and hosts at priests celebrating Mass in New York City, running television ads advocating gay marriage, donating pro bono legal representation to their cause, and enacting vendettas, protests, and boycotts against anyone who disagrees with them.
Gays, a tiny fraction of the population, have been organized and militant. This is true of the left in general. Unions are barely ten percent of the workforce, but (aside from the recent exception of Wisconsin) they almost always get what they want, because they are always ready to strike, demonstrate, protest, intimidate politicians, and threaten violence. Blacks are a mere thirteen percent of the population, but they have practiced the arts of militant organizing, bloc voting, public rioting, and suing everybody in sight for the last fifty years. Consequently, they are given preferential treatment in hiring and university admissions, they are overrepresented in advertising campaigns, they have their own caucus in the House of Representatives, and they have received hundreds of billions in Federal aid programs. It is just about impossible to speak ill of blacks in a nation that supposedly guarantees free speech, no matter what the black-on-white crime rate is, the black homicide rate is, the black dropout rate is, or how many blacks are born out of wedlock and raised in single-parent homes. Blacks and gays are given special legal protection by "hate crimes" legislation that is almost never applied on behalf of white victims of black perpetrators or straight victims of gay perpetrators.
The combined numbers of gays, blacks, unions, and other groups comprising the left fail to outnumber conservatives. Yet conservatives have suffered defeat after defeat on almost every major issue for decades. Conservatives have been disorganized and passive, while leftists have been militant and united in their fifty-year quest to destroy every single traditional, bourgeois norm and value in American life -- while smugly enjoying the security and economic prosperity that was created by those very same bourgeois norms and values.
Leftists have a nearly religious, cult-like devotion to their cause that conservatives don't. They control the K-12 public-school curriculum. They have purged conservatives from the universities and from Hollywood; they patronize leftist businesses and contribute to leftist causes; they refuse to associate with conservatives socially or vote for them. They hire fellow leftists and fire conservatives. They have co-opted the power of government to give themselves preferential treatment by law and access to tax dollars paid into government coffers by the conservatives they despise. Conservatives have stupidly accepted all of this without retaliating.
The political strategy of conservatives and Republicans for the last several decades has been purely reactionary -- to wait for leftists in power to screw up, then reap the electoral rewards. Every major political victory by conservative Republicans in recent memory -- Reagan's election in 1980, the Republican House sweep in 1994, and the Republican House takeover in 2010 -- has been entirely dependent on the overreach or incompetence of Democratic Party leftists in power. But this strategy concedes the agenda to the left. At no time has the right actually been in control of the national agenda in any meaningful sense.
By failing to form a militant conservative movement, defend bourgeois values, and suppress leftist radicalism, the right has created a monster. The left has already gotten nearly everything it wanted -- abortion, pornography, welfare, homosexual marriage, socialized medicine, a submissive and internationalist foreign policy, out-of-control federal spending, and federal interference in virtually every facet of American life. We are now a nation $14 trillion in debt, $1.5 trillion in deficit, our currency devalued, our manufacturing base destroyed, our obese citizens awaiting their next government benefit, our moral character sapped. We are fighting three undeclared wars simultaneously with what are essentially mercenary soldiers because the left opposes conscription. Our left-wing president, whose constitutional duty is to execute the laws of Congress, ignores the laws he dislikes -- such as the Defense of Marriage Act and the War Powers Act -- but the supposedly "conservative" Republican Speaker of the House makes a golf date with him rather than asserting constitutional checks and balances. (Can anyone imagine radical leftists like Reps. Maxine Waters and Sheila Jackson Lee golfing with President Bush after the invasion of Iraq?)
The right's strategy of conceding the national agenda to the left is exceedingly dangerous. The left's solutions to any one of a number of issues on the table -- deficit spending, cap-and-trade, energy security, Iran's nuclear program, illegal immigration -- could deal a mortal blow to the nation.
There is a historical precedent for the collapse of conservatism, and it isn't a good one. During the 1920s and 1930s, communists and radical leftists sought to subvert Italy, Germany, and Spain, three of Europe's great nations, in the aftermath of World War I. Social democratic and liberal internationalist governments placed their faith in social welfare programs and pie-in-the-sky schemes like the League of Nations rather than sound economic policies and concrete national security interests. Currency values collapsed, economies were ruined; social deviance flourished. When the "trains would no longer run on time," conservatives were no alternative. They had long been discredited by their arrogance, incompetence, and impotence. Instead of a firm assertion of sober, bourgeois, stable conservatism, these countries got full-throated, unrestrained, paramilitary nationalist movements, the excesses of which are well-known and unworthy of emulation.
I hope that that sort of thing won't happen here.
One can hope.
Whatever happened to the NY State Conservative Party. Did it move left too? People in NY are roughly 80 percent leftist; so we can’t do much there, just win an occasional U.S. House seat and then have trouble holding onto it.
Actually, not so. Much closer than that.
Conservatives by nature are law-abiding, common-sense, fulltime-job-working, individualist folk.
We don’t go for mob threats (what protesting really is), exhibitionism (see Lady Gaga and the rest of the pro-homosexual entertainers), or subverting the legal system with corrupt judges and behind the scenes legal deals. We play by the rules...because what good is it to win, if you cheat—and violate your principles—doing so?
If push comes to shove we will violate unjust/unrighteous laws (such as preferences for sexual perverts...i.e. homosexuals) and will resort to force....as an absolute last resort, if/when pushed too far.
I expect in my lifetime things will go too far—and conservatives will go about forming a new country (or immigrating to and taking control of an old country) as the USA is, I believe, pretty well finished...continuing the downhill slide started in the ‘60s and ‘70s.
The fascist left in this country is intent on forcing its will on us all...using “whatever means necessary.” Conservatives, by our ethical nature cannot use whatever means—as we know ends cannot justify means.
Too late for a radical-right “movement.” Only revolution will do the trick now. The Jackboot has been firmly planted on the throat of all Americans.
The reason these noisy minorities get what they want is that the issues they are advocating for (gay marriage, public schools) don’t seem that important to the taxpaying public, who just want to be left alone and doesn’t like confrontation. It doesn’t help that a lot of legislative business gets done behind closed doors in boring committee meetings, away from the eyes of the public.
Now that it’s plain that favored minorities like people in the public employee unions are trying to use government to steal what they can from the rest of the taxpaying public, taxpayers are pushing back through the Tea Party and ballot box. I can only hope that continues.
Otherwise, great article.
There are so many things I disagree with in this article, I hardly know where to begin.
The comparison to Europe between the wars is ridiculous. Their “conservatives” were monarchists, wanting state-funded religion, no free speech, nothing even close to the 2nd Amendment, etc.. Surely that’s not what the author is advocating.
We have long been battling k-12 issues. We *aren’t* losing. *They* are on the defense, not us. Homeschooling is legal, even in Kalifornia. That is huge. Charter schools are popping up, even in places like New York, thanks to conservatives and libertarians. The fight for vouchers is going strong and it’s getting better.
*These* are our fights. It’s not about, “How can we take over the system so we can get our view across.” It’s about asking, “Do we really want the government doing this at all?” Even when not in power, we have been fighting and winning in the courts for things regarding 2nd Amendment rights, castle doctrine laws, education rights, etc.
We have been losing the economic battle because too many conservatives are top-down economic thinkers. You can’t control the economy.
We have been losing the “culture” war because we preach one thing and then watch Family Guy and Glee. Our kids see it and think it’s okay. The trouble is not because their teacher told them, but because of what we tell them by what we watch.
There is a “militant conservative movement.”
It’s called “The Real World.”
Stepping back and taking a historical view of this, we can see that the American Revolution was a reaction to a tyrannical suppression of the people’s natural rights, so the dynamic which the author speaks of has been in play since our country’s founding.
This is a problem as old as time itself, it seems. Normal people, i.e., conservatives, simply want to be left alone to flourish and prosper on their own. They’re not natively given to beating others over the head for the basic right to live and let live.
The Tea Party sprang up as a reaction to the excesses of Obama and his Marxist minions, and it will likely grow, strengthen, and become more active, until such time as the core threat to our American way of life is crushed to insignificance.
That said, once the threat is removed, conservatives, i.e., normal people, will most likely go right back to living as they always have.
He is setting up an infrastructure that he hopes will replace the dinosaur media.
I joined for $100. If you're serious about changing things, here is somebody who has a plan.
It beats waiting for the other side to surrender.
“We are fighting three undeclared wars simultaneously with what are essentially mercenary soldiers because the left opposes conscription.”
Stepped over the line there, Sparky: even conscripted military members draw a salary. Doing pretty well till then...
Militant leftists have the full support of the Democrat Party, not to mention the FEDGOV, Wall St., the Corporate Media, Foundations, Trusts, the entire education system, etc. Conservatives, on the other hand, are sabotaged and restrained by the GOP at every turn and the only right wing groups that are funded by Big Money are of the Quisling variety.
BTW, most of the middle class and many of the wealthy are supporting by debt, waste and bureaucratic oppositions against real production.
A fun way to do that is create an open-source crypto-currency lotto, where people all over the world suffering from socialism could buy a $1 lotto ticket every week that would pay the equivalent of $40 million tax free to move to the new country. The lotto would pay out 100% with no house percentage. $1/week is a small price to pay for the hope it would bring billions of people. And it would act as free advertising for conservative principles. The lotto would result in the new country being very wealthy with newly rich conservative patriots moving in every week. If winners were not willing to take an oath of allegiance to the new country's conservative constitution, they could pay 70% in taxes to their home socialist country and stay.
A key target demographic of USA v2.0 is doctors fleeing Obamacare. The new country should cater to medical tourists that want the very best in doctors and medical care, without lawyers shaking down the system. A new country within an hour flight from Florida would be ideal. There are hundreds of miles of shallow Atlantic waters south of the Bahamas, often just 10 feet deep. New land could be dredged from the sand for a lower cost than buying existing land.
Time for the tide to turn
Outstanding article. This is the most concise analysis I’ve seen. My blood is boiling. Those whom we’ve entrusted to ‘hold the line’ a.k.a. republicans are traitors as much as those in this administration. They’ve contributed to the current situation as much as the democrat/communists. It is appalling and as this author indicates, it’s time for conservatives to become militant. It’s becoming worse by the day; by the hour as they plot and plan their next takeover. And the deviant, depraved, corrupted Republicans are more than happy to assist; that is as long as ‘their world’ doesn’t get rocked. In the meantime, those of us in the citizenry must pay for every damn thing that is being done and our response seems to be: whip me, beat me (some more) and make me write bad checks.
Time to go Galt? Hell no, it’s time to go Postal.
When the "trains would no longer run on time," conservatives were no alternative.
In my genealogy research I obtained a letter from my great-grandmother's brother in Germany to her (in the U.S.) in the late 1930's. Their sister had been a nanny to the last Emperor's family before WWI, and he was a prominent physician.
In the letter the elderly doctor feebly laments the failure of the conservatives in the Weimar Republic and says their ways had failed, and that they just had to go ahead and try the new ways and accept the new thinking of the next generation, sheepishly mentioning how he and his son were having to join the Nazi Party, SS, and other Nazi organizations now to remain relevant and respectable in their work.
I look at his letter and look at the Establishment wing of the Republican party and see too much alike. They wouldn't know real conservatism if it bit them, but they are convinced it has failed. They are blind to the social apocalypse they are ushering in as an alternative.
“The Jackboot has been firmly planted on the throat of all Americans.
Not quite, but almost. If 0bamaCare is held to be constitutional, we’re dead meat.”
They don’t even need warrants anymore—no 4th amendment.
I’d say the Jackboot is firmly planted—ObamaCare is icing on the cake.
“They dont even need warrants anymoreno 4th amendment.
IIRC, that was a state court decision (Indiana?) which will be overturned.”
“Patriot” Act—no court order warrants needed for some circumstances, GPS on your car without court warrant/probable cause, phone tapes without warrant, TSA searches and seizures without probable cause...just to name a few.
There were about 16 people in it, and half of them were clueless.
What good is it to win if you cheat, you ask? A better question, how can you do better by losing?
All I’m saying is, if what we’re trying to do is uphold decent American, dare I say, “Christian” values, we cannot do that by compromising on those values on the altar of expediency. The Left says “by all means necessary” and that is a collapse of ethics—which is to be expected of them, as leftists have always been relativists—one reason why socialistic relativism doesn’t work...in the long run.
We do not create a more ethical (and constitutional) America by using unethical (and unconstitutional) means.
It really is better—in light of eternity—to lose a battle honorably than to win by corruption. In the long run you win more by losing well...than winning rottenly. Of course our goal should be to WIN with honor, but never to win by any means...