From one end to the other. It’s long, but we found ourself nodding so furiously all the way through that we’re afraid that we’ve irreparably damaged our cervical vertebrae.
An excerpt about the so-called “Right” of today, but do go read the whole thing. LC Ironbear nails it to the wall.
the Right has been the losing team for a long time now.
I suspect that’s why they’re so opposed to Trump. They’ve been losing the culture wars for so long, and ceding all the ground to the Left for so many yars, that when faced with someone who actually fights, they’re terrified of him. Becuase if the Right and the GOPe ever actually fight like they mean it, they might actually win… And then they’ll have to figure out just what the hell to do next.
Because it’s not enough just to win the battles, or the war: after you do, you have to figure out what the hell to do with your victory.
And that’s an awfully scary thing. Once you win, you have to rebuild and move on. You have to have some idea of what the hell you want to build in place of the enemy ideology you’ve defeated, and to replace the institutions enemy has taken from you and corrupted during their long march, you know: back when you weren’t fighting to win.
Mainstream and Buckley Conservatism has been morally and intellectually bankrupt as an ideology for almost as many decades as I’ve been alive. They’ve been “opposing” the Left for so long now that the only thing that defines them is their nominal “opposition” to the Left.
Take away that opposition, and suddenly they have to face the reality that they no longer have anything to oppose, no idea what it is that they’re really conserving, and no idea of what to build on their victory.
That, I’m pretty sure, is why, no matter how many times the Right holds the White House, no matter how many Senate seats they have, no matter how many Congressional seats, no matter how many governorships and state legislatures they control, and no matter how large a portion of the Supreme Court…
They never seem to ever find a principle they can actually stand on and do anything with. And so it becomes increasingly obvious that they never really accomplish much of anything once they hold power.
It becomes increasingly obvious to the voters that the Right doesn’t intend to do anything. At least, not anything that the voters consider to be important to them.
The Democrats have become the face of the Political Left writ large. The Republicans have become the Political Left Only Slower.