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:
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?