culture

Big Abortion’s Biggest Lie

David Catron, The American Spectator

Of all the lies promulgated by the abortion industry, the claim that abortion on demand has improved the lives of women in general is the most pernicious. It encourages women to make uninformed choices which can and do damage their physical and psychological health. Yet, despite the absence of evidence supporting the liberation myth, it has been inculcated in young women for nearly half a century by the education system, the media, and professional feminists. The vast majority of women who actually get abortions are low-income women of color abortion's biggest defenders will ever have to face at a D.C. cocktail party. Has abortion on demand improved their lives?

Are Abortion and Gay Rights American Values?

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

Under our Constitution, many practices are protected — abortion, blasphemy, pornography, flag-burning, trashing religious beliefs — that other nations regard as symptoms of a disintegrating society. When Hillary Clinton said half of all Trump supporters could be put into a "basket of deplorables" for being "racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic," she was conceding that many Trump's supporters detest many progressive values. True, but in the era of Trump, why should her liberal values be the values America champions abroad? Without an agreed-upon higher authority, values become matters of opinion. And ours are in conflict and irreconcilable.

Why Celebrity Politics Matters

Ben Shapiro, CNS News

Our cultural arbiters have reacted to the political victory of their opposition with renewed attempts to merge culture and politics — they've gotten more extreme, louder, more pronounced in their determination to shift the culture to their point of view. Which will, of course, drive more political divisions. A pluralistic democracy requires three factors to function: a shared cultural space; a shared belief in key ideas, largely embedded in the Constitution; and a shared willingness to leave one another alone. As each component erodes, so, too, does the possibility of a united country.

The High Price of Cultural Change

William Murchison, The American Spectator

The Doris Day era — which I recall keenly — wasn’t perfect by any means. Is any era perfect? There would never be growth, if so. The thing about the Doris Day era that should remind us of Doris’ entitlement to significant news coverage, is its general — I say general, not total — lack of personal rancor or contempt for the otherwise-minded: meaning those yahoos who don’t agree with me! Even Republicans and Democrats kind of, sort of, got along. That was in part, I think, because government in the Doris Day era mattered much less than today, and cost less: offering fewer occasions for dispute.

Things That Can’t Go on Forever Simply Don’t

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

History always offers guidance to the eventual end game when people are unwilling to give up their chauvinism. Vicious tribal war can break out as in contemporary Syria. The nation can fragment into ethnic enclaves as seen in the Balkans. Or factions can stake out regional no-go zones of power as we’ve seen in Iraq and Libya. In sum, the present identity-politics divisiveness is not a sustainable model for a multiracial nation, and it will soon reach its natural limits one way or another. On a number of fronts, if Americans do not address these growing crises, history will. And it won’t be pretty.

Plan To See Unplanned

Unplanned is an important film because it makes us consider the moral weight of the mind-numbing statistic of the 60 million abortions that have been performed in the United States since Roe v Wade. Through the eyes of one woman who once believed she was doing good, we see the horror of abortion for what it truly is.

The Continued Resilience of Quiet America

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

Fifty years later, what are the lessons of the chaotic year 1969 for our similarly schizophrenic age of polarization, civil disunity, and unprecedented wealth and scientific advancement? America is such a huge and diverse country, and so abundantly endowed with natural and human resources, that it is capable of achieving unprecedented scientific, economic, and technological breakthroughs even as its social fabric is tearing apart. Or, put another way, while the media highlights crime, protests, grievances, and civil disorder, a majority of Americans still go to work unbothered each day.

Rising Anti-Americanism And The Left’s Big Lie

Timothy Daughtry, Townhall

Conservatives are waking up to the reality that those who shape the culture shape the political future.  Winning elections in the short term is critical, of course, but it is in the culture that the battle for our political future will be won or lost.   It will take time for conservatives to engage the left in the battle for our cultural institutions, but a good first step is recognizing and confronting the lies that the left has been telling Americans about America. And the biggest and boldest lie being peddled by the left is that America is the source of most of the world’s ills.

Cultural Winners and Losers of 2018

L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, CNS News

In the Trump era, wherein content creators are judged solely on political impact — are they offering enough "Resistance"? — instead of the quality of their product. The Democratic gains in the midterms should make the left happy about its political fortunes, excepting that every day President Trump remains in office is intolerable. Culturally it's a mixed bag. Though the products offered are overwhelmingly leftist, deconstructionist or both, the audience response is often unsupportive. When there is a rare nod toward a pro-conservative or pro-American message, the public's response is enthusiastic. Here are some of the Cultural Winners and Losers of 2018.

2019: The Year of the Wokescolds

Ben Shapiro, Investor's Business Daily

Wokescolds are the new representatives of moral panic. We've seen plenty of moral panic before in the United States, from worries about violent video games, to concern about allegations of sex abuse at day care facilities. But never have we seen a moral panic of the stunning breadth of today's woke moral panic. It's a moral panic that insists we change fundamental characteristics of our society, from biology, to language, to politics, to religion, to romantic relations, to art, to comedy. The Wokescolds will certainly lose. But not before they destroy a lot of people and fray the social fabric nearly beyond repair.

Is Hollywood Dead?

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

Hollywood may not be entirely dead, but it's certainly dead for most conservatives. Few go to many movies and who can blame them? Fortunately for them, however, they're not missing much. They should be reassured that Hollywood isn't all that important anymore. Conservatives really do have something to worry about, but it's not entertainment. That's voluntary. It's education. That's not. I may vote in the Oscars this year, but I doubt that I'll watch them.

Liberal Elites Are Even Ruining Hamburgers And They Must Be Stopped

Kurt Schlichter, Townhall

Look. They’ve taken Hollywood. They’ve taken the media. They’ve taken the college campuses. And they’ve messed them all up. We can’t give up burgers, too. My upcoming book contains no burger recipes, because normal people don’t need burger recipes. Normals take meat, throw it on a grill, put it on a bun, put some stuff on it, and eat it like the heroes they are. And liberals? They screw up everything they touch. The arts. Academia. Dinner. So, confirm your normality by rejecting burger mutations. And confirm Kavanaugh, too.

First Multi-Season Series about the Story of Jesus Nears $4.5 Million Goal

The Chosen—the very first multi-season series about the life of Jesus, is directed by Dallas Jenkins, and has passed $4 million in crowdfunding, with less than $500,000 needed to begin prodution. Here's how you can learn more about the movie and how you can help put the story of Jesus on TV.

Political Détente? Not Likely

William Murchison, The American Spectator

Provocation leads to provocation, and in a straight, unvarying line to Donald John Trump. The invective that Democrats, and some Republicans, hurl his way produces… Tweets and juttings of the presidential jaw. What else might we expect? That the finger-snappers and foot-stompers of the political word are going to bring us peace on earth, good will toward men? Not without a little encouragement from the voters they’re not.

Will Tribalism Trump Democracy?

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

Since 2001, those who have argued that we Americans were given, at the birth of the republic, a providential mission to democratize mankind, have suffered an unbroken series of setbacks. Nations we invaded, such as Afghanistan and Iraq, to bestow upon them the blessings of democracy, rose up in resistance. What our compulsive interventionists saw as our mission to mankind, the beneficiaries saw as American imperialism. And the culture wars on history and memory continue unabated.

Conservatives Reject Unilateral Disarmament In The Face Of Liberal Social Fascism

Kurt Schlichter, Townhall

Mutually assured destruction works, but it only works if it’s mutual. So, we shouldn’t stop. We should ramp it up, as unseemly and distasteful as it might be under normal circumstances. But these are not normal circumstances. We didn’t ask for this cultural war. We don’t want it. But we are done taking a ration of garbage from these creeps.

Conservatives Must Build Their Own Culture or Be Exiles Inside Their Own Society

Kurt Schlichter, Townhall

From the business world to Hollywood, we are seeing liberals react to their utter repudiation in recent elections by trying to intimidate us into silent conformity as the price of us being allowed to participate in the non-governmental institutions of society. We must therefore have a two-part response to this act of cultural warfare – not only must we get right back in their smug little faces, but we must also build our own cultural institutions, ones that they can’t control. The militant Normals built this country; they can build their own institutions too.

Roseanne is bringing conservative American women out of the closet

Mark Penn, The Hill

“Roseanne” is ringing cultural bells that put back some balance in the world of entertainment. It shows that for every trend in America, there is a countertrend. Perhaps it will help other Roseannes to come out of the closet, and just maybe we will all get back to respecting one another’s political views instead of seeking to demean those we oppose — and that will make for a healthier democracy.

Language and Anarchy: Chuck Todd Has a Point

William Murchison, The American Spectator

The more firmly semi-anarchy becomes the linguistic rule, it seems to me, the faster we normalize the anarchic ideal itself. You bet — let it all hang out! From the chief magistrate’s scatological word for various non-European countries — the word ended in “hole,” if you’ve forgotten — it’s on to fresh dismissals from left and right alike, everybody in on the game, everybody losing.

Cheaters Prosper on CBS

L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, CNS News

CBS News has a strange way of marking Valentine's Day. On the Sunday after Wednesday's romantic dinners and flowers, "Sunday Morning" linked the day to a deep study of marital infidelity. The story featured two cheating wives who explained their cheating ways without any guilt. CBS insisted we need to "rethink our attitude" toward the sin of adultery.