I’m talking to you “fiscally conservative but socially liberal” types, aka “low-tax degenerates.” I’m also talking to you “compassionate conservatives,” aka Jesuit priest Republicans who have turned “lukewarm” into a sacrament.
You’re toast in this culture war. You have absolutely no shot with your nicer-than-Jesus pablum. You are doomed.
Other than that, though, you are doing great.
Besides the problem of your fundamental cowardice, your entire act is clearly a de facto apology instead of a premise to those whose demonic side you claim to oppose. “We aren’t really that bad” isn’t a compelling narrative. And as such, the enemy smells weakness that it happily manipulates to its own propagandist advantage, rather than hearing and seeing a lion it risks being devoured by if not properly respected. And let’s face it, Republicans have not been worthy of respect for a while now, nor should they be. That’s exactly how we got Trump. Most of the massive presidential field back in 2015 and 2016 were so unworthy of it that a former Democrat from New York, who was on his third wife and never asked for forgiveness from God, proved to be the golden child to a desperate people.
Make no mistake: Trump didn’t hijack a political party. No, that party forfeited its right to govern as it did for far too long, because it became apparent that not only did it never intend to keep its promises, but it actually hated its own base.
But now, in the aftermath of the COVID, 2020 election fraud, and Jan. 6 psyops that plague us still as the Great Reset carries on, we are seeing Team GOP prove the Lord was right when he declared that “the dog returns to its own vomit.” Team GOP’s version of a coming red wave in the midterms is to take us back to the good old days of rhetorically hammering Joe Biden with fake tough-guy majority-speak while doing absolutely nothing substantive or lasting with the actual constitutional power the party has.
Team GOP just doesn’t understand the nature of the enemy, mostly because it doesn’t want to. Here in my fairly red home state of Iowa, the enemy’s zealotry carries on shamelessly regardless of how many readers and elections it loses. The editorial board of the Des Moines Register wrote that it is OK for school districts to withhold information from parents about their children’s sexual confusion, as well as punish students and staff who won’t go along with the depraved farce, but then refused to allow Gov. Kim Reynolds to rebut them with an op/ed of her own unless she used their approved Newspeak.
Because they don’t care how nice you are if you disagree with them. Heck, they don’t even care if you agree with them unless you are willing to punish, groom, and pillage like them. They are the total state, and you are meant to believe nothing other than what you are told to believe. And neither low-tax degenerates nor Jesuit priest Republicans have any shot whatsoever up against that level of demonic nihilism.
There are simply no terms you could offer with which the Spirit of the Age will ultimately compromise. So don’t even try with your latest adventures in neo-neo-through-a-certain-point-of-view conservatism. That’s not what time it is.
Here’s what time it is: Thunderdome. As in two worldviews enter, and only one leaves. The Spirit of the Age has declared a zero-sum game here, so to pretend otherwise makes you at best its unintentional collaborator. You have no chance to defeat an enemy you refuse to honestly recognize.
Yes, that will be hard, messy and ugly, but at least it will be true.