2.11.17

THE GREATER EVIL IS STILL A GREATER EVIL.

Milwaukee's Charlie Sykes, who has gotten himself a new act as "dissident conservative," recently offered A Guide for Frustrated Conservatives in the Age of Trump, unsurprisingly, NBC published it.  There's been a lot of soul-searching about what conservatism really means, and the ways in which Mr Trump's populist approach (if that's what it is) differs.  And Mr Sykes notes that there's more to a conservative stance than winning elections.  "Most important of all, we will take the long view, recognizing that electoral victories do not change eternal verities or the essential correctness of traditionally conservative insights into man and society."

But the forces in opposition to Mr Trump appear not to have figured out that hectoring, condescending, deplorable-shaming and posturing hasn't changed many minds.
People also feel destabilized, uncertain and disillusioned by everything that was supposed to lift us up, like entertainment and sports. Hollywood has been mocking Middle America for 20 years; every awards show is a debutante ball of shame and scold directed at half of the country.

That they have done this behind smiling masks while hiding the open secret of debauched treatment of women is repulsive.

Sports — football, in particular — was the last remaining force that crosses the cultural divide but has now been forever damaged.
Thus, Salena Zito continues, the conservative insights might manifest themselves in an emergent, decentralized way.
Rebuilding trust should most likely begin at the most local level: in neighborhood banks, at local businesses and with reporters who live in our communities — interactions whose authority Americans can trust to be fair, removed from coastal or cosmopolitan biases.

Trust at the peer-to-peer level can help repair our divide; it does not mean that, if you feel strongly that police reform is needed, you avoid the issues. But instead of making a big social media statement, why not make a difference through civic involvement, volunteering and serving the community on the issue?
Unfortunately, twenty years of information-technology-enabled concentration, whether of the national banks or the national press, leaves much of civil society in the hands of precisely the hectoring, condescending, deplorable-shaming nachalstvo.

For example, consider David Brooks, here ably called out by Robert Merry.
It is the Trump constituency that is responsible for all the divisions between rich and poor, white and black, educated and less educated, right and left. He doesn’t quite call these people deplorable, but he comes close. If they would just stand down and give up their tribal ways, we could get back to being the America of our past and our heritage—a “universal nation” drawing unlimited immigrants to our shores in the service of a national mission to spread “democracy and dignity” around the world. Sounds like a return to George W. Bush.

This is policy folly based upon a myth of America. The divisions Brooks laments with such invidious intent won’t vanish until the fears and concerns of Trump voters are addressed in ways that can alleviate, at least to some extent, those grievances. That’s a reality that David Brooks, for all his clever locutions, can’t wish away.
But the Democrats, and those of their fellow-travellers and court intellectuals who haven't yet been caught up in a Hillary scandal or a Hollywood starlet's p***y continue to carry on with the hectoring and the deplorable shaming.  That's not impressing Rod Dreher, who, like Mr Sykes, is no fan of Our President.
I’ll end up voting Republican out of pure self-protection, and to protect the job prospects of my children, especially my sons. Good job, Democrats.  You are telling straight white people that they are second-class citizens who don’t deserve fairness. You’ll continue to find self-hating liberal whites who are willing to accept this garbage, but many more aren’t falling for it — and know what kind of world Democrats are preparing for them when and if they take power again.

As a registered Independent whose economic and foreign policy views are to the left of the average Republican’s, I would love to have the chance to consider voting Democratic in a national election, especially with the GOP in such a mess. But out of self-protection, I can’t take that chance.
And Roger Kimball warns the Permanent Bipartisan Establishment that their process-worshipping investigations are sending the Trump voters the wrong message.  "I suspect that evidence of the real collusion—to deprive the United States of its lawfully elected president—will point in only one direction."

Taken together, there is a lot going on that might not end well.

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