Matt Lewis unwittingly sums up my take on mainstream conservatism:
“Count me among those conservatives who sincerely hope for a colorblind society — who believe that people should, as Dr. King said, “not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
The problem is, at some point, mainstream conservatives started believing this — and liberals stopped.”
Mainstream conservatism is nothing more than yesterday’s recycled liberalism. Robert Lewis Dabney saw it clearly 119 years ago:
“It may be inferred again that the present movement for women’s rights will certainly prevail from the history of its only opponent, Northern conservatism. This [Northern conservatism] is a party which never conserves anything. Its history has been that it demurs to each aggression of the progressive party, and aims to save its credit by a respectable amount of growling, but always acquiesces at last in the innovation. What was the resisted novelty of yesterday is today one of the accepted principles of conservatism; it is now conservative only in affecting to resist the next innovation, which will tomorrow be forced upon its timidity and will be succeeded by some third revolution; to be denounced and then adopted in its turn. American conservatism is merely the shadow that follows Radicalism as it moves forward towards perdition. It remains behind it, but never retards it, and always advances near its leader. This pretended salt hath utterly lost its savor: wherewith shall it be salted? Its impotency is not hard, indeed, to explain. It is worthless because it is the conservatism of expediency only, and not of sturdy principle. It intends to risk nothing serious for the sake of the truth, and has no idea of being guilty of the folly of martyrdom. It always when about to enter a protest very blandly informs the wild beast whose path it essays to stop, that its “bark is worse than its bite,” and that it only means to save its manners by enacting its decent role of resistance: The only practical purpose which it now subserves in American politics is to give enough exercise to Radicalism to keep it “in wind,” and to prevent its becoming pursy and lazy ,from having nothing to whip.”
After the TruCons lose on the transgender issue, the Left will move on to normalizing the next type of insanity, maybe something like grown men who enjoy LARPing as dogs in rubber suits. A few years after that, TruCons will start insisting they were always for gay marriage and that the liberals are the real homophobes.
David Marcus (@BlueBoxDave on Twitter) is crying about the rise of White Nationalism over at The Federalist:
“I opened Twitter recently and saw 20+ notifications. Most of the time that means the new generation of white nationalist Twitter trolls are filling my feed with racist and anti-Semitic cartoons. It was the trolls, but this was different. They were celebrating my use of the word “anti-white” in a tweet. They saw it as a victory that a “mainstream conservative” was using this term that for so long has been their calling card. …
One can teach against white supremacy by encouraging students to treat everyone as equal, or at least as individuals not defined in important ways by their race. Privilege theory does not allow for this approach. It demands that differences be front and center and that we always consider a person’s race in considering him. This focus on “valuing differences” over “the colorblind model” unlocked the door to the white supremacist revival that today’s anti-white rhetoric has kicked open.”
After toying with “the colorblind model” at the height of the Civil Rights Movement, the radical Left rejected it several years before Martin Luther King, Jr. was in his grave. We are now in our fifth decade of New Left identity politics.
As for the black population, it never accepted White America’s delusions about Martin Luther King, Jr. and “the colorblind model.” Blacks responded to the Voting Rights Act with the Watts Riot and other race riots in the late 1960s. Gradually, the Civil Rights Movement faded into blacks organizing as blacks to take power in major cities and the rural South. The colorblind model had never been anything more than a ruse to advance black interests and once it had served its purpose it was tossed aside.
Rod Dreher (@roddreher on Twitter) is predicting the ultimate triumph of the Alt-Right:
“The answer to this racist SJW garbage is not to embrace white supremacy! But without a forceful, effective, unambivalent response to the unhinged militant left, sooner or later the forces of white supremacy are going to organize the dispossessed, demoralized, chaotic white rabble, and the SJWs, as well as the Washington elites, aren’t going to know what hit them. God knows I’m not saying I want this to happen, but I think it probably will happen if we continue on this current trajectory. Slouching rough beasts and all that. It’s Weimar America.”
A moment of truth?
“White liberal middle-class society and many bourgeois conservatives have demonized within themselves, collectively and individually, the instinct that would have given them the strength to fight civilization’s enemies on the Left and on the Right.”
All they will do is whine about Trump and White identity politics and invoke Martin Luther King, Jr. and his “Dream” while sitting next to Van Jones on a CNN panel.