Does Culture Trump Politics?

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Mark Steyn says: “. You can’t have conservative government in a liberal culture, and that’s the position the Republican party is in.”

 

Is the “liberal” the correct word to describe our culture today? We certainly couldn’t describe as a conservative culture, could we? Remember when in movies when a man and a woman were getting hot and bothered on a bed, the male actor had to keep one foot on the floor. Remember when four letter words were taboo in radio or television? Young people today would laugh out loud at the morals and mores of the 50?s. And, God? Don’t be silly.

 

Steyn uses todays attitudes on sexual orientation to make his point as he notes on Facebook profiles that people have dozens of gender options to choose from. He reminds us that 28 years ago (not that long ago) a Supreme Court Justice wrote a majority opinion stating  ”there is no such thing as a fundamental right to commit homosexual sodomy”. Can you imagine the Supreme Court making such a ruling today? In the world of jurisprudence nothing has changed in those 28 years except for the culture. Steyn is not very optimistic that conservatives can change the direction of America via the ballot box because we are always playing catch-up to the cultural changes that are taking place so rapidly. He writes:

 

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 Liberals expend tremendous effort changing the culture. Conservatives expend tremendous effort changing elected officials every other November — and then are surprised that it doesn’t make much difference. Culture trumps politics — which is why, once the question’s been settled culturally, conservatives are reduced to playing catch-up, twisting themselves into pretzels to explain (including in the pages of this magazine) why gay marriage is really conservative after all, or why 30 million unskilled immigrants with a majority of births out of wedlock are “natural allies” of the Republican party.

 

Is Mark Steyn right? Has he painted an accurate picture of the dilemma we conservatives find ourselves in? I think he has. The liberals declared war on the American culture 100 years ago. I don’t know for sure when we lost that war; but my guess is that the turning point was sometime during LBJ’s Great Society push.

 

So, what are America’s conservatives to do? Throw in the towel? Of course not! We have to fight to keep what little ground we still have for as long as we can. I don’t know that Pandora’s demons can ever be put back in her box. About the only thing I am sure of is that the world-wide debt bubble,  now at a record $100 trillion, will burst wide open one of these days and America’s and every other nation’s house of cards will collapse. Maybe America’s conservatives should focus their energy on positioning themselves to lead the re-building process.

Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?

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Married Without Children

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San Francy“I would say, you know, if you’re getting married — why are you getting married? Why would you get married? Why would anybody get married?” Nancy Pelosi

Why, indeed?  Of course, San Francy’s all for the institution as long as it’s between a pair of homosexuals, people that have no need for it — in America, they’re already free to shack up at will.  If marriage is fundamentally a societal framework designed primarily for the propagation and protection of the offspring it produces, then support for same-sex nuptials is revealed for what it is: a radical attack on accepted custom designed to weaken traditional families and the culture that nurturesMarried Without Children them.  But neither the Barbary Coast Buffoon nor most of her fellow Democrats have ever been noted for clear thinking and scrupulous logic.  Freedom and license are not the same thing, no matter how passionately the Jackasses wish them Gay Bladeto be.

Barack Obama describes homosexuality as a “fundamental American freedom.” Since when?  The Bill of Rights was not penned in order to free sodomites from the approbation of society or to enshrine their practices alongside freedom of speech, religion, or the right to bear arms.  As consenting adults, they are enabled by law to frolic as they choose these days.  That should be enough for anyone.Phil

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Some Thoughts on the SCOTUS, DOMA and Prop 8

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There are a lot of strong feelings out there today, as the SCOTUS has issued rulings on DOMA and California’s Prop 8.  Both deal with gay marriage, and there are a ton of upset SoCons out there.  The Cultural Marxists won another victory.  I don’t blame the SoCons, and I’m dismayed as well.  However, as a Christian, I know that this type of thing is going to happen.    The world is becoming more and more corrupt.  The Book predicts this, so while it is disappointing, it we’ve know about it for nearly 2000 years.  I trust God, and take him at his word.  He will act in due course, but we need to keep faith, raise our children well, and fight the good fight as we can.  But understand this-it will get worse.  I know, it’s not the most cheerful message, but consider this-we have the book, and the good guys win in the end.

As for the political end of the equation, I find myself agreeing with Steve, over at America’s Watchtower.   We don’t want government defining marriage…

  My take on this decision is not going to be popular with many conservatives, but here goes:

  I firmly believe that the government should not be involving itself in the issue of marriage; what two or more consenting adults do in the privacy of their homes is their own business, it is not the business of the government. But the government has involved itself in marriage and until or unless the government removes itself from the issue of marriage–or the people remove the government from this issue–I think it is important that government involvement be contained to where it should be.

This reflects Matt’s First Law of Politics…

Any legislation should be viewed through the prism  of how it will one day be abused. 

You give the Government the ability to define marriage?  Great, you won-for now.  But what happens in 10-20-30 years, when liberals take over and make it legal to marry a five year old, or a pretty pony?  You see, you gave them the power, and so day, that power will be turned against you.  It is an inevitable lesson of history.  Ignore it at your own peril.  I agree with Steve in the the only real solution to the marriage situation is a Constitutional Amendment.

In terms of some of the reactions I’ve read-namely people questioning the SCOTUS, I have to say that they ruled correctly, under the laws of our Republic.  Remember this, from John Adams…

“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

Our Republic hasn’t failed us, we have failed it.  Our entire system of government is predicated on a populace that takes care of itself, that morally regulates itself, and does not need the heavy hand of tyranny to maintain social order.  This is where the Cultural Marxists have done so well.  They identified the weakness of our Republic, namely us, and targeted those things that underpin our culture.  By eroding morality, they create chaos and disorder.  And, since the attack is against the people and their basic morality, the only “solution” to the “crisis,” is to give the government more and more power.

Then, we can have a government just as corrupt and so many of our people are.

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Taking America Back One Bit At A Time Part 1: Introduction

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On November 26, 2012, I wrote a post titled Is It Time For Conservatives to Start Thinking Long Term? Support from my readers was less than I had hoped it would be. As part of that post, an article by Andrew Klavan was linked and I asked that readers review and share their opinions  on Klavan’s long view plan for taking back America. Klavan addressed three areas of gradual attack: bringing balance back to news media, bringing balance back to the entertainment industry, and bringing our Judeo-Christian God back into our culture. All lofty goals to be sure. For my part, I wrote about the process of creating short-term, mid-term, and long-term plans.

One commenter to the post was by a dear friend and long time supporter of this blog. She wasn’t buying what I was selling. She said her opinion was we would never get our country back in bits and pieces. She believed that our only chance was to rebuild after a total collapse. That opinion is shared by many. I am less than optimistic about that possibility and so, in part, I am embarking on this series of post to try to do a better job of convincing my friend and as many others that I can, that the long-term approach I am talking about is the most likely path to an American Renaissance some day.

Another long time friend showed his frustration with Klavan’s ideas. Paraphrasing, he said something like this: “Jim, do you seriously think we are going to change the way people think? What is Klavan thinking? That is crazy talk.” But why is it crazy talk? Isn’t that the way America was taken from us; by a small  group of people who believed over time they could change the way Americans think? Isn’t that how they changed our culture? They were dedicated to an idea and committed to their long-term mission. Are we any less intelligent than they?Can we not be just as dedicated to a mission that some future generation will know once again the beauty of the idea that is or was America? Some argue that part of our problem is our belief in individualism and because of our individualistic nature we have problems working together for a common goal.  Can conservatives be so blind and dull that we can not see that the only way for future generations to have the opportunity to enjoy the fruits of individualism is by working collectively with as much commitment to the mission of taking America back over time.

So, with that in mind, I have an initial outline of what I want to do with this series of articles.  I will start Part 2 with a review of the Making of America and the Taking of America. That may turn out to be two parts. I don’t yet know. Then there will be a part on what the concept of Taking Back America A Buit At A Time might look like. I will bring back Andrew Klavan’s article and talk about it in more detail. There may be a post where you and I can speculate what the period of chaos might be like after the debt addiction bubble breaks and before order is restored. Lastly, I’m thinking about a discussion of “leadership” and “salesmanship”. Two qualities in short supply that will be critical to the process of retaking America.

I can’t make any promises, but I intend to try to keep each post under a thousand words. I’ve not been very successful at doing that of late, but I am going to try. Maybe that way I can keep the reader’s interest.

Well,now you know what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?

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Without a Rudder or a Sail

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Will Rodgers once said:  ”I am not a member of an organized political party. I am a Democrat.” He would have made the same point if he had said he was a Republican. I am going to extrapolate Will Rodgers’ words and say: “I am not a member of any organized culture, I am an American.” One would be hard pressed today to describe American culture in a few words. That was not always the case. In the eighteenth century, American culture was dominated by the WASP (White Anglo-Saxon Protestants). As the nineteenth century progressed and the country grew through immigration, our culture morphed into a Judeo-Christian dominated society. The twentieth century has become known as the socialist or statist era. Now in the twenty-first century, some would say that socialism is on the wane and will be replaced by a form of fascism. I have to wonder if President Obama is purposely dividing us in order to control us, or is he merely taking advantage of the lack of cohesion in American society today?

George Scaggs, in his article Beyond the Ballot Box demonstrates many of the same concerns that I have; but he is able to  express himself much more eloquently than I am able. Here are some excerpts:

Rather  suddenly, the incremental erosion that has haunted America for decades seems a  distant memory.  Under the Obama administration, particularly within the  last couple of months, America has now accelerated headlong into the wholesale  destruction of constitutional limitations and inalienable  rights.

“Laws”  are now created by simple proclamation, while other laws are rendered  irrelevant.  Some are even subject to public pronouncements that they will not be enforced by those constitutionally charged to do  so.

The  concerted level of ignorance, apathy, and selfishness necessary to deliver  America to this rather dismal station is becoming ever clearer, and the extent  to which a lack of personal responsibility by some subsequently results in a  loss of freedom for all has never before been so present.

As I see it, the Judeo-Christians are still the majority in this country. But, we are anything but united. I see the Judeo-Christians divided into three groups: Two are politically engaged as either “conservatives” or “progressives” and the third group are totally disengaged from the political process. That makes us vulnerable to those who want to rule over us. Mr. Scaggs excellent article ends with these thoughts:

Though  Mr. Obama and his congressional ilk need to be vanquished in November, America  will find many of the solutions to what ails her lie beyond the ballot  box.  There is an anchor weighing on the nation’s ability to reverse  course.  It is interwoven throughout our entire culture, and it has been  strengthened for decades.

Regardless  of what unfolds in November, and long after Mr. Obama is gone (whenever that may  be), peril awaits.  Dealing with the uncomfortable reality that America is  destroying itself is the true measure of the task which lies  ahead.

Strangely enough, I started out today to write a positive post about reclaiming the vaunted American spirit. It didn’t work out that way, did it? Frankly, I don’t know what it would take to turn America around. Maybe we need a conservative version of Will Rodgers to remind people what we once were and what we could be again. A culture without a sense of unity is no culture at all. We seem to be a ship without a rudder or even a sail.

Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?

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What the Hell has happened to America?

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Without being so crude, that is the same question asked by Peggy Noonan in her Wall Street Journal articleAmerica’s Crisis of Character.

… I’ve long thought that public dissatisfaction is about more than the economy, that it’s also about our culture, or rather the flat, brute, highly sexualized thing we call our culture.

Now I’d go a step beyond that. I think more and more people are worried about the American character—who we are and what kind of adults we are raising.

I found her article very disturbing. I have no intention of parsing this article. There is nothing I could add to it. I am asking you, dear readers, to read it and tell me here your reactions. I think the issue of our character as a people is something worthy of our discussion. For years, in the name of “social justice”, we have been lowering our standards. The Romans invited the barbarians through their gates. We are breeding our own barbarians.

Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?

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