“Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice”
— Barry Goldwater
About ten years ago, in a piece written for Breitbart, Thaddeus McCotter recounted the tale of a man trying to sell his ’67 Plymouth Barracuda. Having no luck, he finally left it on the street with the key in the ignition and a big sign announcing “Free!” The next morning the ‘Cuda was still there, with a message scratched into it with the key, “Don’t nobody want this shit.”
McCotter followed with the point that politics divorced from popular culture sells about as well as this hapless vehicle; further, that Republican politics is Exhibit A. Make that “Model A.”
Of course, what neither Andrew Breitbart nor McCotter — with their mantra that politics is downstream from culture — could have fully foreseen is the degree to which popular culture would become tainted by unpopular culture which few people wish to be “downstream” from, any more than from raw sewage.
No doubt with all this in mind, Tucker Carlson recently excoriated a television spot featuring Republican Senate candidate Mehmet Oz walking around a supermarket lamenting the rising prices of “crudités” — whatever they are, no doubt following the advice of his handlers to focus on the “safe” issue of inflation, while ignoring the cultural cesspool that most of us are either tiptoeing around or wading through ankle-deep. Not coincidentally, Oz is polling considerably behind his Democrat opponent, who is about as effective a campaigner as “Hidin’ Biden” was (who still raked in 81,000,000 votes, we’re told).
Whatever Oz is selling, don’t nobody want to hear that shit. Here’s what they are desperate to hear Republican candidates speak out against —
- The sexualization and “gender affirming” surgical mutilation of children. Don’t nobody want it.
- The non-prosecutions of “Summer of Love” rioters; flash mob smash-and-grab looters; sucker-punching psychotics on subway platforms, “non-violent” small fry drug pushers; iconoclastic vandals; and tent-dwellers on city streets and in public parks. Don’t nobody want none of it.
- “Encounters” with two million illegal migrants this year alone, so far, and who knows how many more have slipped through without being encountered. Don’t nobody want it, not even the mayors of New York and Washington, those proud “sanctuary” cities.
- Anti-white racism, having gotten rid of every other kind. Don’t want it.
- The rejection and alteration of pronouns that have served us well since the beginnings of “English.” To say nothing of calling people “Latinx,” “non-binary,” and all the rest. Don’t want this stupid shit.
- The wholesale genocide of “white” history, science, math, religion, reason itself. More dumb-ass shit.
- The removal of families from airplanes because their two-year-olds won’t keep an unnecessary and useless mask in place, a policy magnified across the nation by removals from schools, places of business, employment, vacation destinations, and military service, thanks to equally feckless and cruel “vaccine” mandates designed to vanquish independent thinking and enlightened self-interest. Pure totalitarian shit.
Guess what, Republicans? If you don’t want to “do” the culture war thing — you’d rather pander to the disordered by tipping your hat to “Pride” month, or to certain female voters by supporting “reproductive health” for those who choose anti-reproductive means of dealing death, or to educators by praising the pursuit of inclusion and equity as good things that will make us all more tolerant and open-minded, or to People of Color by hanging your head and tsk-tsking over the “racist” behavior of Derek Chauvin and his fellow officers, or to under-educated people by supporting the illusion that “climate science” and Covid regulations have any actual basis in science, or to wokesters who think that a kinder, gentler military makes our nation stronger — if you would rather “respect differences” in all such matters, you’re going to lose because a significant portion of your voters don’t want to hear that shit.
If you think that talking up national security is a winning issue, when the entire security state regards your voters — potential “domestic terrorists” all — as the greatest threat there is to national security, you’re going to lose. Your voters don’t feel secure in their own neighborhoods, which are awash in drugs and crime, with dwindling police forces. And thanks to our security state, a former president can’t even feel secure in his own home. Nor can certain Supreme Court justices.
Likewise, if you’re bullish on defending Ukraine against invasion, to the tune of tens of billions of largely unaccounted for dollars, while our own borders remain wide open to what a statistical majority of Americans now call an “invasion,” you’re going to lose. You obviously don’t believe in “national sovereignty.” You believe in “America Last.”
If you’re doing the typical Republican preaching about fiscal responsibility, don’t nobody believe in that shit anymore, since neither party engages in it, and the Federal Reserve surpasses all understanding. But if you wish to talk about such things as abolishing the Department of Education, thereby saving both dollars and the culture, well, now you’re talking talk that some of us might listen to.
Lately, certain voices of The Party — as distinct from voices of the people — have been speaking of the need to have “strong candidates” who can appeal to at least some portion of the progressive and independent electorate. In other words, ditch the MAGA candidates unless they are in solidly MAGA districts. Behold conventional wisdom . . . if it be wisdom at all.
Own it — you’ve been doing this “We’re taking the high road,” “compassionate” thing for a long time, most recently with John McCain and Mitt Romney, with some of you still apologizing for Donald Trump. Keep it up, and you’re gonna lose. And if you lose, we’re lost. America, the last ghost of Western Civilization, will be gone and forgotten.
Please. Defend us in battle. Vow to make your district or your state what Ron DeSantis is attempting to make Florida — “The place where Woke goes to die.” Drive a stake through its heart, and send it back to the nether regions from whence it came. We’ll love you for it.
— Chad (“Bitter”) Klinger