Also, while we’re venting…
Let me add this: conservatives and classical liberals / libertarians professing an adherence to first principles need to wage rhetorical and political war not just within the realm of electoral politics, but instead should be concentrating their efforts on breaking down the leftist control over various institutions, starting with the press and the educational system in this country.
I’ve long advocated the idea the the real fight begins on the level of language, but as that’s a more difficult argument to make on a grand scale (and tends to be resisted by many on “our” side who would rather not surrender the ability to manipulate meaning to their own ends), I’d be content if we started a layer or two up from there for now and fought a well-organized, well-orchestrated campaign to bring down the legacy media, which today is nothing more than a wing of the statist government generally, and an advocate for “progressivism” or contemporary “liberalism” specifically.
Things like “Politifact” are just the latest meta-attempt by the left to control the narrative by presenting itself as a neutral arbiter of political messaging, when all it is is the next iteration of the mainstream press, developed in response to the public’s growing mistrust in the former iteration, which, too, presented itself as a neutral arbiter, speaking Truth to Power.
Until we do so, we have no hope of doing anything but winning a few elections here and there, which in turn will do nothing to structurally or substantively turn back the inexorable leftward push of the statists (who exist in both parties and who make up a permanent ruling class). It is an obvious fact that both GOP politicians and many of the mainstream pundits on the right fear the leftist messaging apparatus — and for very good reason: they set the narrative, define the players, control the rules of the rhetorical game, and — perversely — play the role of referee, despite demonstrably having joined forces with one of the two teams.
That power needs to be taken away.
We shouldn’t be giving any kind of federal tax dollars to schools or universities that are more and more mere anti-foundationalist echo chambers and training grounds for leftwing activism. No media should be receiving any federal taxpayer funding. That’s not being anti-education or anti-transparency. It’s being anti- anti-intellectualism and anti-propaganda-ist. And we need to make those arguments unapologetically and without blinking or allowing ourselves to be put on the defensive. It’s time to go on the offensive against the current status quo.
In fact, let’s go further: we need to insist that the federal government be returned to its originary functions, with a vastly neutered role for the President and Congress, and the end to nearly every federal agency with the ability to produce regulations that are, for all intents and purposes, legislation produced without the consent of the governed and without representation. We need to resist Supreme Court rulings that are clearly based on their own faulty prior rulings and not the Constitution that was written to provide guidance in protecting our liberties. And we need to insist on the messiness intentionally promoted by a separation of powers.
Lots of people talk about taking our country back. Well, here’s a newsflash: electing Mitt Romney, or getting some more TEA Party conservatives into Congress, isn’t going to do it.
We need to recapture the institutions that inform and promote the civil society. We need to break the leftist’s hold on the game board, the pieces, and the rule book. And we can do this by refusing to play their game — and by starting a new one of our own.
The US Constitution is at the bottom of what today is a palimpsest of accumulated and illegitimate statist verbal / legal garbage.
Strip it down. Return to first principles. When you are going “forward” into tyranny, it isn’t regressive to go backward toward liberty.
And screw any leftist who tries to shame you into believing otherwise.