I was recently talking with a friend in Los Angles about what I do for a
living. In short, I told her, I get to promote a think tank that believes Free Enterprise, Limited Government, Individual Freedom, a Strong National Defense, and Traditional American values are the principles our public policies should be crafted in concert with. In short—our First Principles.
My friend’s response was that it sounded like I was “in a cult.” And, while she was in no way trying to insult my person or my profession, I think she was inadvertently on to something, which is why I responded, “Sure, I’m in a cult…if you consider the Founding Fathers part of a cult.” My apolitical, left-leaning friend unwittingly voiced what conservatives have known for years: we now live in a United States where the roadmap the Founding Fathers actually intended future generations to follow is now foreign to large swathes of the American public.—particularly young people. Liberalism and the moral relativism that comes part and parcel with it has muddied up the learning pool enough so that things that were once “self-evident” no longer are, and past axioms associated with freedom and liberty are no longer such—they must be questioned and examined.
To you and I, the evidence is clear that free societies are strongly correlated with prosperity and economic growth. To you and I, bloated government is like an out of control Zeppelin that clumsily teeters to-and-fro before crashing and burning into a sickening display of wreckage. But to countless others, there is no intellectual double-take when the same people who can’t run a post office decide they want to control the ultimate package: You, and the health and well-being housed inside (Kudos to any liberal critics who pick apart this post by pointing out that “Ultimate Package” sounds like a really bad 80’s adult film, but it still doesn’t undermine the soundness of the argument).
It’s a sad and pathetic existence when smart, creative young people in the prime of their lives are trained like Pavlov’s dogs to doubt the potential for greatness inside them (the key to their release?). Instead of cultivating a nation of go-getters who would look at the US economy’s flotsam and jetsam and make something new and bright and bold that might change the world for the better—because of their initiative—we’re planting the seeds for a nation of reticent loafs who wait for third parties to tell them what to do and how to do it.
It would be easy to blame the usual suspects (e.g. Hollywood, liberal academics, etc.) for the situation we find ourselves in, but in this instance I think it’s important for conservatives to look in the mirror and take ownership for the part they play in colonization of America by Alan Colmes clones.
When you’re trying to paddle to a destination up steam, a really a good idea is to paddle with a force greater than that of the current. Sure, the Tea Party movement is fighting furiously to save us from quickly becoming a nation of Nanny State slaves wallowing in subsidized mediocrity like blissfully ignorant pigs, but what if it’s too late? What if we’re too close to the waterfall and no amount of paddling can save us?
Personally, I don’t think we’re at that point (I’m an eternal optimist), but conservatives need to learn some hard lessons from this moment in history. When fighting against the tide of liberalism, whether it’s on a college campus or the entertainment industry or any other aspect of our lives, we need to work twice as hard as the next guy and always be on the lookout for new ways to innovate from within, educate the public outside the Beltway, and disseminate amongst all contributors to the movement.
And if you haven’t gotten anything from this post I award you no points…and may God have mercy on your soul.