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The conservative project of the past 40 years is clearly an abysmal failure. The right has failed to conserve anything. Even the definitions of male and female got changed. The right could not even keep that. Something so fundamental and obvious as women are the ones who give birth is something the right has failed utterly at maintaining. This is a loss that is so staggering and complete that we can only blame ourselves.
First, we have to define “right.” I mean, what does being on the right mean? That is something no one can figure out, really. The right sits around and talks about minarchy, anarchy, objectivism, libertarianism, classical liberalism, “I’m fiscally conservative but socially liberal,” “I’m fiscally liberal but socially conservative,” constitutionalist, originalist, paleocon, neocon, Austrian school, Chicago school, Jeffersonian, Madisonian, Hamiltonian, Berkian, and on and on and on. For complaining that the left marinates in a lot of BS theory, the right sure marinates in it itself.
The difference is there is little disagreement on the left about where it wants to go and what its vision looks like. It disagrees on tactics. The right disagrees on fundamentals. I think the reason for this is because on the right, there is no coherent unified vision. In fact, there is no vision. Where is the right taking us? “Free markets” is about all we hear. It is the solution to all problems. The market shall fix all. Competition makes everything better. The government makes everything worse. Furthermore, the left actually delivers on its theories, while the right stays in theory mode forever. The right actually never reduces government. The right is against using the government to advance on any issue. So no issue gets advanced. The left is all for using the government for everything. It wins. Game. Set. Match. This has been the paradigm for 40 years.
Look at what the left did to the police. The left has hated the police pretty openly for a very long time. As soon as the left saw an opening to hurt a group it considers to be anti-left, it defunded it in the billions of dollars in cities all over the country. The left has successfully cut more government than the small-government right has ever cut. The pressure to this very day on the cops is that they are afraid to be in any kind of altercation with a constituency of the left that could even be taken the wrong way or seen as abusive. Cops have been neutered. The crime rates go up and up and up. The left put them on notice. Cops coast to coast do not want to be the next one made an example of.
Compare this to when the IRS got outed for abusing tea party voters. What happened? Did the right cut its funding? Did the right call the entire organization corrupt and force it into fear of even looking like it is abusing its constituents? The right kept on funding it. The people responsible got away with no punishment. The same is true of the FBI and Department of Justice. The small-government right never even defunds institutions that have totally failed. We have declined in educational achievement in this country since the establishment of the Department of Education. Its budgets are bigger than ever and have grown under Republican Congresses and presidents. The right endlessly complains about government regulation and red tape and never cuts a penny out of the National Labor Relations Board, Occupational Health and Safety Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, and the list goes on.
The right has been funding and expanding our abusers for decades. The left cuts its enemies at the knees. The left tells U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement that there will be no cooperation with it in California. The left frees illegals out of prison to protect them. The small-government right increases the budgets of the Department of Energy so the next Democrat president can order it to forbid all energy exploration and exploitation and push the Green New Deal. We have a movement and a party that never fought to protect its constituents from government excess even as it said for decades that the government was the problem. The truth about the right is it is far more corrupt and full of crap than the left. The left lies and engages in corruption to advance its goals and serve its progressive base. The right lies and engages in corruption to stab its base in the back and deliver on none of its core principles.
Then these people get mad at you that you went and found an outsider like Trump to represent you. How dare you! You need to take failure and betrayal endlessly. Go read some more biographies on Lincoln as we mention Reagan’s name 40 billion more times to placate you. As we fund your enemies with your tax dollars and enable your abuse, we will tell you platitudes about family values and local government.
And if that isn’t the worst of it, the free-market gibberish turned out to be just that. We handed our manufacturing base and ability to innovate in that sector over to China. Imagine handing over any sector of this economy to an enemy. Imagine if we stopped growing food and said we will let some enemy nation like Putin’s Russia grow all our food. We won’t innovate in that sector anymore. Now there aren’t many jobs in the agricultural sector anymore since we handed production over to Russia. The Russians grow it cheaper. They control a gigantic percentage of our food supply, and it is great all of this opportunity no longer exists in agriculture and control of our food supply lines left our shores because the invisible hand! This insanity was told to working-class men and women who were suffering. To people whose towns were sent into mini depressions over this offshoring. And they were further told oh yeah! Go learn to code. That’s the future anyway. There is no more to do when it comes to industrial manufacturing and engineering. Those disciplines have totally been mastered. There is no more innovation to be had. China should have those capabilities and not us. Free markets. So go! Move your family of four to California where your values are hated, and there is human feces every 12 steps on the sidewalk. And oh yeah! A shack costs $1.5 million, and your standard of living will totally go down, but Adam Smith! You know? So learn to code. See you and your kids in San Francisco at the gay parade! Conservativism!
No wonder these people did not vote for us. No wonder why this isn’t a sell to many working-class people. And when someone a little different came along and these working-class people got behind him, they got nothing but contempt from the intellectual right who wrought all this. The intellectual right was enjoying sitting on its fat butts when it wasn’t on the Washington cocktail circuit promoting its 12 billionth book about leadership and courage, principles and valor, Thatcher and Reagan, Churchill and Reagan, Reagan and Reagan.
I am a new member here, and I am of a new right. Hopefully, a right that can actually call itself conservative with a straight face. A right that will actually conserve something. And I believe that the founding fathers did not establish this government to be poor at doing things. They did not establish it to be a problem. They were wary of government, but they founded it to secure the blessings of liberty. They founded it to promote the general welfare of the people. They founded it to establish justice. They founded it to ensure domestic tranquility. They founded it to make our union more perfect. That does not sound like government being a problem. The government does none of these things today. And a right that will use the government forcefully and righteously to make this a reality and protect our traditions, culture, and institutions is the future. A right with a vision of where it wants to take the country and that establishes real, lasting rejuvenation to the American way and also, dare I say, produces real progress, unlike the left. The right that said the government is the problem and markets are the total answer has failed. Time for a new formula. We need one fast.Published in