“Though transgenderism is a far rarer phenomenon than homosexuality, I think most adults could admit it does seem like a rather persistent aspect of humanity. Most can probably recall a transgender person making at least some minor appearance in their life. If we concede that transgenderism is not going away, and is not something anyone intends to exert effort toward ending, then Americans, especially conservative ones, should reflect on our culture’s honest and fair attitude toward homosexuality and acknowledge that the most sensible path out of the present acrimony will probably require similar compromise. Some degree of cultural ceasefire and consensus seems the only path for both sides to maintain a degree of pride while avoiding a more radical, disruptive societal transformation.
Part one of the compromise will be borne by cultural conservatives and traditionalists. It asks for broad tolerance for the reality that transgender men and women exist, and are entitled to basic human dignity, just like everyone else. This does not mean having to morally endorse behavior many may believe runs contrary to God’s plan for a just and healthy society, but it does imply that acts like ostentatiously calling people by pronouns they don’t want, or belittling their personal struggle, are boorish and petty. It means acknowledging that arbitrary discrimination against transgender people is a cruel bigotry like any other. …”
Here are five points in response:
1.) Robert Lewis Dabney explained why Northern conservatism was worthless in 1897.
2.) George Fitzhugh figured out that free-market capitalism was the cause of the -isms back in 1857.
3.) As we have explained, Conservatism, Inc. has been milking the evangelicals for generation. They never cared about anything but the tax cuts and Israel which is why “The Conservative Case for X Defeat” in the culture war has become a punchline.
4.) Seriously, National Review has spent a generation guiding the Right to defeat in the culture war by purging anyone who ever uttered an edgy, thoughtful or original opinion and by letting it be tone policed by the Left and now it has reached the comical point of chiding the conservative base for making fun of the bewildering number of transgender pronouns.
5.) Populists agree with conservatives on the social issues and authoritarianism, but the power relationship in the coalition has to be reversed for it to survive. We have to be in charge.
Note: The David French wing of the Right is too weak to be in a leadership role. Fortunately, we seem to be moving toward a consensus on this.