culture

America the Unserious

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

Since 1962, this nation has dethroned its God and begun debates about which of the flawed but great men who created it should be publicly dishonored. Are we really a better country today than we were then, when all the world looked to America as the land of the future?

The Advantages of Liberal Insurance

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

The more fervently progressives seek to redistribute income, or use diversity quotas to ensure proportional representation in hiring and admissions, or suspend constitutional free speech and due process to suppress individualism and heterodoxy, the more likely that progressivism’s affluent adherents will risk being exposed or convicted on some counts as illiberal. Thus they will seek exemptions from the consequences of their own liberal causes — and if trapped without an exit, they will turn to liberal penance or use cash to seek an indulgence.

'Raising Awareness' Isn't Helping Much

Ben Shapiro, CNS News

Here's an idea: Let's all call out bad action when we see it and be as specific as possible about it. We can all agree on what a bad guy looks like; there isn't much debate about Harvey Weinstein. But if we continue to promote the importance of "raising awareness" rather than providing evidence, our groundless distrust for one another is bound to grow and metastasize.

Today's turn-of-the-century problems

Michael Barone, Washington Examiner

Is America in a new Gilded Age? That's the contention of Republican political consultant Bruce Mehlman, and in a series of 35 slides he makes a strong case. In many ways, problems facing America today resemble those facing what we still call "turn-of-the-century" America from the 1890s to the 1910s. Just as employment shifted from farms to factories a century ago, it has been moving from manufacturing to services recently.

Democrats Lose Touch With America

Josh Kraushaar, National Journal

What’s keeping the Democrats in a strategic straitjacket is that they’d get killed by their base if they sounded more assimilationist on immigration, more muscular on national security, or more understanding of fan disillusionment. It explains why Third Way, the centrist Democratic think tank, urged Democrats to pursue winnable Trump voters but struggled to identify a tangible way to get them back in the fold.

The Progressive Octopus

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

Apparently in 2016, the deplorables and irredeemables struck back. Donald J. Trump symbolically served as a radiologically hot CAT scan that revealed long-festering inner metastases. Next, as deadly chemotherapy, he unpleasantly saturated the patient until the cancers within slowly began to fester and shrink — even as the convalescent resented the harsh therapy as much as he did the symptoms of the disease.

The Clownish Commisars of the Culture

George Neumayr, The American Spectator

One of the arguments against Trump last year from critics ostensibly worried about the “integrity of conservatism” was that he would revert to Manhattanite liberalism. He hasn’t. But they have. They can be heard whining about his ban on cross-dressers and transsexuals in the military, his insufficient enthusiasm for Islamic migrants, and now his defense of Robert E. Lee.

The Democrats’ Biggest Problem Is Cultural

Ted Van Dyk, Wall Street Journal

Democrat leaders' focus on political correctness and conformity has left an impression on traditional Democrats that their party leaders care more about transgender bathroom access than employment, the cost of living, education or public safety. Mrs. Clinton’s “deplorables” reference struck home with these voters.

Laughing Our Ossoff

As President Trump put it in an Election Night tweet: Well, the Special Elections are over and those that want to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN are 5 and O! All the Fake News, all the money spent = 0

Rhetorical Abuses Are Diminishing the Nation’s Ability to Function

Jeffrey M. McCall, CNS News

It is ultimately up to the citizenry to denounce messages and messengers who serve the self-interests and egos of the bombastic. Citizens need to look for and listen to communicators who prioritize concern for the greater societal welfare. The time is now for such messengers to emerge.

Is Christ a Revolutionary?

Father Jerry Pokorsky, CNS News

Christ is indeed a “revolutionary.”  His revolution does not deny history or man’s dignity.  Nor is it violent or ideological.  It is personal.  His is a spiritual revolution that ultimately overthrows all sin, suffering, and death with sacrificial love. It is profitable as individuals and as a nation to take an honest interest in history and culture.  After all, Jesus did.

Christians Must Contribute to Culture, Not Just Complain About It

Eric Metaxas, CNS News

I believe even more important for Christians than being on the front lines of the culture war is participating in the culture—and better yet, helping to create and nurture it. If the main contribution that Christians make to culture is complaining about it, we’re doing something wrong.

Donald Trump’s New Culture War

Rich Lowry, National Review

Trump's emphasis on borders, cultural coherence, law and order, and national pride will engender a particular fear and loathing. It is an article of faith among the cultural elite that these priorities — despite what they consider the aberration of November’s election — are the relics of a rapidly disappearing America that can’t possibly represent the country’s future. Trump and his supporters beg to differ.

Must Read Book: Tom DeWeese’s ERASE

Like Atlas Shrugged and the Left Behind series Tom DeWeese's ERASE presents a fictional path through a dystopian future. However, in ERASE every single policy presented in the book, from the use of technology to change our culture; to the use of the public school classrooms to eliminate true knowledge; to the destruction of Christianity in a drive to meld all religions into one powerful tool for government, is all true and happening at this very moment.

Politics Is Still Downstream of Culture

Dan McLaughlin, RedState

Culture matters.  Withdrawing from it is no answer.  If you want to change the future of the country, you need to engage the culture and not just expect that the kinds of citizens who vote for your values can be summoned from the hills.

Trumpism: ‘It’s the Culture, Stupid’

Scott Winship, National Review

Trumpism is best viewed as a hostile takeover of the Republican party by a non-conservative authoritarian who is stoking and leveraging the cultural resentment and authoritarianism of the GOP’s traditionalist base. And that base is primarily opposed to the cultural liberalism that is ascendant in the Democratic party.

ISIS Is Islamic and Bruce Jenner is a Man

Erick Erickson, Erickontheradio.com

France has done more damage to ISIS in one day than Barack Obama, a man who thinks Bruce Jenner is a woman and ISIS is not Islamic, has done in months of alleged conflict. The reality of blood on the streets of Paris gave France no option but to face reality. What will it take for Barack Obama to do the same?