Kurt Schlichter speaks for me; perhaps for you. Recognize yourself here? If so, you’re an ally.
BOTTOM LINE UP FRONT: We cons will be fine and we’ll win in
the end, but it’ll take time and hard fighting.
…the old ways don’t fit, what worked before doesn’t work now…
I used to subscribe to The Weekly Standard and National
Review, .. As for NR, it’s sad – you post-internet cons don’t dig it, but back
in the day, Buckley’s baby was it. There was no other conservatism. When it
came in the snail mail once every two weeks, you got your fix for another
fortnight. …Now, ...I'd happily let NR burn.
Does it matter if they left us or we left them? I tend to
think that they were never truly with us. Have we really changed? On the
surface, maybe. I used to be a hawk. I even went to a couple of the conflicts
that all the smart people on our side said were super good ideas. And then I
watched the utter failure of these same geniuses – a kid could nearly go from
being a fetus to buying a Dos Equis in the time America’s been chasing jihadi
banditos around the Hindu Kush to no avail.
I heard the lectures about free enterprise then realized
that I wanted no part of being in the party that enabled mega-corporate
pillaging of our middle class for the benefit of the Chinese communists.
And I watched Conservative, Inc., manage decline while
filling its cruises, and then I watched the guy I defended from all the “Chimpy
McHalibu$Hitler” slurs turn around and cavort with the people calling me worse….
The hell with these people.
We’re done with them, but not with conservatism. We carry
that torch now. The True Conservatives™ sure as hell aren’t even pretending
anymore – we just had a whole year of “The Conservative Case For Biden.” They
care only about their cheesy little fellowships in DC at the Conservativish
Forum for Freedom and Eagles and Taking Dumb Businessmen’s Money and More
Eagles, where they scribble unread pap on lame blogs. They eagerly collect the
tech titan’s 30 pieces of Bitcoin to join in the cancel chorus of conservatives
who actually believe in something besides securing these dorks’ sinecures.
But we know it now. We see it, and there’s no unseeing it.
As the Lincoln Project – if you accept that Abe’s project
was trying to score with teen boys – collapses, and we giggle, there’s no
hiding the corruption of Conservative, Inc. Well, now there’s a new
conservatism, and it’s going to happen without the Fredocon caucus.
Remember George Will? Me neither.
To reprise a cliché of my own making, Donald Trump was the
avatar of our dissatisfaction with the garbage Establishment and the refusal of
the useless, sclerotic and cruise-oriented losers allegedly on our side to
defend our interests. It didn’t help that these credential-fetishizers … always
despised us. Some were born snobs, and some embraced snobbery – there’s no
snooty like “I got out of the trailer park and I gotta ensure no one ever makes
that connection between me and my déclassé past again” snooty. But they all
think we are stupid, borderline evil, and utterly unsuited to have a say in our
own governance. In that, they express their class solidarity with the caste
status neurotics of the left.
So, why my optimism?
Well, as we’ve seen, our opponents inside our tent are
worthless. Moreover, our enemies outside on the left are buffoons. Ted Lieu?
Adam Schiff? Toots Swalwell, the guy who actually thought the Chi-Com courtesan
liked him because he was cool? These are singularly unimpressive people who
project an aura of competence solely by appearing on camera. But they are
stupid, and weak, and the idea that our enemies are these brilliant Lex Luthors
crafting intricate conspiracies from their secret lairs is ridiculous. All this
stuff happening now is not the result of some cunning strategy but of dumb
luck, the inevitable cyclic nature of politics, and some mistakes by our own
side (Did you ever notice how most of the things that went bad for Trump
happened when he listened to Establishment Republicans?). These are not
supermen – these sissies would probably cry because I just assumed their
… Every answer we seek is within the Constitution and the
documents that went into creating it. What we sell is freedom, prosperity, and
human dignity. What the other side sells is, at best, a soft
corporate/political tyranny of the mediocre.
And the most important factor is that we are now
conservawoke. Red pilled, if you will. We see the lies. And we see the liars.
That ridiculous XX-Jeb! hack Nikki! Haley keeps trying to happen and we keep
laughing at her. ….
We’re done with GOP weather vanes who say whatever the
Establishment tool in front of her wants to hear. Recently, Nikki! sat down
with Tim Alberta of Politico and said… who cares? We had her pegged at “she sat
down with Tim Alberta of Politico.” If you can’t tell who the enemy is, it’s
So? And? If freedom was easy, everyone would be doing it,
and those of us who have read history from before 1619, and/or have resided
outside this country can clarify for you that freedom as the natural state of
man is most def not the case.
No one is going to give us anything but serfdom – you can
have as much of that as you want, and gratis. But freedom has to be taken, one
GOP state reforming its election laws at a time, one new conservative-friendly
social media venue at a time, one action-packed and conservative-oriented
series at a time.
My guess is that Donald Trump has played his (crucial) role
and will move on after humiliating the Democrats again by scoffing at their
latest puny impeachment. He will be a kingmaker and an important asset in
bringing forward the new blood we need to re-energize us. Populism had a tough
four years. We’ll take a breather for a bit, then charge. Look at our bench!
Ric Grenell, Kristi Noem, Ron DeSantis, Rick Scott, and many more. Look at our
expanding network of media outlets, not least of which is Townhall. Look at the
new voices we’re seeing, often from the world of podcasting, and often of
people who became at least conservative-curious because they saw the failures
of the left (Tim Pool, Michael Malice, Adam Carolla, Joe Rogan).
And look at the doddering, failing enemy, presiding over the
collapsing Potemkin village that is the failed Establishment. Yeah, the cons are alright.