Chick-fil-A piece proves Mark Steyn a future steynborg sent to save us

This is a picture taken in front of the White House by an anonymous patriot, which proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that Mark Steyn is a time-traveling steynborg genius sent to save us all. Notice how space and time warp around him as he shields Chick-fil-A cows from the idiocy of men like Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel.

I’ve wondered for quite some time if Mark Steyn was a secret agent or a Mega Man from the future sent to save us all. Who would have thought that the selective outrage of liberal politicians over chicken sandwiches would have proved once and for all that Mark Steyn is a time-traveling steynborg of conservative awesomeness.

As usual, the steynborg gets to the heart of the matter.

[M]ayor Tom Menino announced that Chick-fil-A would not be opening in his burg anytime soon. “If they need licenses in the city, it will be very difficult,” said His Honor. If you’ve just wandered in in the middle of the column, this guy Menino isn’t the mayor of Soviet Novosibirsk or Kampong Cham under the Khmer Rouge, but of Boston, Massachusetts. Nevertheless, he shares the commissars’ view that in order to operate even a modest and politically inconsequential business it is necessary to demonstrate that one is in full ideological compliance with party orthodoxy. …

As the Boston Herald’s Michael Graham pointed out, Menino is happy to hand out municipal licenses to groups whose most prominent figures call for gays to be put to death. The mayor couldn’t have been more accommodating (including giving them $1.8 million of municipal land) of the new mosque of the Islamic Society of Boston, whose IRS returns listed as one of their seven trustees Yusuf al-Qaradawi. Like President Obama, Imam Qaradawi’s position on gays is in a state of “evolution”: He can’t decide whether to burn them or toss ’em off a cliff. “Some say we should throw them from a high place,” he told Al Jazeera. “Some say we should burn them, and so on. There is disagreement. . . . The important thing is to treat this act as a crime.”

In one fell swoop, Steyn points out the cowardice and danger of these idiots, who target their rage — and power — based on political calculations rather than engaging in open and honest debate. Let’s talk about marriage. Let’s talk about Christianity. Let’s talk about Islam. But don’t threaten to shut down certain groups or sit silent with others because of petty politics.

Can you imagine the outrage if the president of Dominos Pizza made a remark about abortion that upset elected officials in Texas or Oklahoma or Nebraska — so much so that that they channeled Rahm Emmanuel and said, “Dominos values aren’t Austin values” before threatening to turn their lives into zoning-law hell?

When Ben and Jerry’s came out in favor of the “Occupy” movement (and by extension their bowel movements on cop cars) you didn’t see conservatives organize national boycotts. That’s mainly because they have jobs … but also because they’d rather have it out in the court of public opinion. Ben and Jerry are allowed to say things that I believe are stupid, and if I’m angry enough I simply won’t buy their product.

Likewise, Morgan Freeman likes to call guys like me a “racist,” but I still saw The Dark Knight Rises because Christopher Nolan’s talent supersedes Morgan’s ignorance. See how that works, liberals? The free market is a beautiful thing, and much more appealing than threats and intimidation by public officials who try and squelch free speech at every opportunity.

Mark, next time you go to the future, take me with you. My own spaceship broke down, and I’m yearning to return to the time and place when liberals outlaw self defense sporks, if only for a laugh.

Thank you Jehmu: You make Tucker Carlson look like Mark Steyn

Apparently, Jehmu Greene thought she was behind the safe and secure walls of one of her “social justice” campaigns, because she just referred to “bow tie’n white boys” who don’t get it. Sorry Jehmu, you were on national television for all the world to see, and for “white boys” like me to write about.

If you haven’t heard, Tucker Carlson is under fire from the left for telling Fox News contributor, Jehmu Green, “folks like you, voters like you, smug black women … your tactics will backfire on you.”

Oh, wait. I’m sorry. I totally screwed that up. Actually, the exchange was slightly different and no one is calling for Jehmu’s scalp, including 1/32 Cherokee Elizabeth Warren.

Let’s first put the conversation in context. The two talking heads were brought in to discuss the fallout from Elizabeth Warren’s ridiculous claim that she didn’t use vestiges of Indian roots to benefit her career.

CARLSON: Indeed, it’s indefensible and that’s why [Elizabeth Warren] doesn’t want to talk about this, because she did gain material advantage by lying about her ethnic background. And no one should gain advantage because of his ethnic background, period.

GREENE: Tucker! Tucker! Elizabeth Warren has been very clear that she has not gained advantage. …

CARLSON: No she has not been clear.

GREENE: And at the end of the day, she won the teaching award at Harvard two years in a row, she won teaching awards at the University of Pennsylvania, at the University of Michigan, at the University of Houston. To question this woman on her qualifications is going to be something that does appeal to … folks like you, voters like you, bow tie’n white boys, but at the end of the day it is going to backfire. …

See how that works? If your name is Jehmu Greene and you and get backed into a corner, your brain has atrophied so much over the years by never having to debate the issues that the default reaction is to attack someone personally. I have never been a huge Tucker Carlson fan, but he absolutely destroyed Jehmu Green on this topic, and her reaction was to call him a “bow tie’n white boy.”

Whenever I hear someone on the left lecture conservatives about the level of discourse in America I think of women like Jehmu. The rules are different for conservatives — which is fine, because it makes us sharper — but it also means that we have to be more diligent about pointing out the double standards. Jehmu is the picture perfect elitist liberal, brimming with smug self-confidence because they’ve risen to prominence, but completely unaware of how their words are interpreted outside Beltway bubbles and “social justice” spheres of influence.

I hope too many people don’t call for Jehmu to be fired, because having her in front of the camera is great for the conservative movement. She makes Tucker Carlson look like Mark Steyn. Imagine what would happen if Jehmu actually went up against Steyn — there would only be a smoldering crater left in the studio where she sat after he was done with her. Let’s make it happen.

Attack of the Lizz Winstead Drones

Apis abortis mellifera, also known as the Planned Parenthood Honeybee, can exist as an attack drone. When their queen is threatened they will swarm. But remember: drones are still drones, and the honey badger doesn't care.

Note to self: If you want to stir up a bees nest of angry feminists, postulating on the psychological profile of a Planned Parenthood advocate (using public statements readily available to anyone with Internet access), is the way to go. Like the life of the honey badger, future conflict is inevitable.

The drones of any good insect colony dutifully attack when the queen is threatened; Lizz’s did just that. It reminded me of a night years ago in Fort Benning, GA, when I spent an entire sleepless night getting chomped on by fire ants—simultaneously amusing and annoying, but ultimately something that would not prevent the overall mission from being completed. I didn’t hate those little guys, just like I don’t hate Lizz’s drones, but I have no problem properly disposing of either nuisance.

In the span of 24 hours I’ve had roughly 2000 liberal feminists and their friends read my piece on the co-creator of the Jon Stewart show. I’ve also been called a “turd” by a juggalo on Twitter, although I didn’t have the heart to directly remind him that as much as I wish he’d be the face of Planned Parenthood, he’s not…he’s just a juggalo.

The comments I’ve received have been indicative of what conservatives can expect when they strike a nerve: blind rage, distortions and pseudo-intellectual gibberish. I will address them one-by-one.

Blind Rage: “I want to boil his nuts in Aunt Trudy’s cast-iron chicken pot and set a match to his wiener until it explodes like a cigar.”

This one is somewhat understandable, given the sisterly bond the writer shares with Winstead. What is most interesting, however, is the liberal feminist’s instinctual reaction to conjure up visions of penis-mutilation. The inner rage and hate that bubbles up from them at a moment’s notice is reminiscent of characters brought to life by “Emperor George Lucas.” Remember: anger leads to hate, and hate leads to the Dark Side. But that’s okay ladies, because I can take your hate. Give me your hate. It dissipates into an invisible mist as it nears me; the love of the things I “bitterly cling” to (God, family and country) burns white hot, like the barrel of a S.A.W.

Distortions: You don’t believe abortions should be legal. Or available to women at all. … [Your] opinion doesn’t matter. She doesn’t need your permission, or your approval. I’m certain she doesn’t give a s**t.

Not once in my piece did I mention my preferences for U.S. public policy on abortion. Faced with someone who doesn’t fit into the wacky-religious stereotype, the drones are incapable of adapting to their new adversary and continue to act as if the conditions on the ground match what they were told in the deployment briefing. In regards to Lizz not giving a “s**t”, again we have a case of cognitive dissonance producing pure entertainment. The internal monologue goes: “Lizz doesn’t give a s**t, yet she tweeted out the story to all her followers. Does. Not. Compute. Error code. Resort to default: Doesn’t give a sh**t.”

Pseudo-intellectual gibberish: “It just reeks of unexamined male privilege. You can’t even conceive how a woman might see being a parent as a chore, even while suggesting that she’ll be the primary childraiser. It’s your blindness which marked you as a male, not your opinion on abortion.”

When I was at USC years ago I was tasked with reading a piece by Peggy McIntosh called White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack. The message for guys like me: You’re white. You’re racist. You don’t even know it. They system is rigged in your favor and will always be that way.

I then went to a presentation during Black History Month and asked one of the speakers what I could do to combat racism, since he referenced “White Privilege.” Answer: Nothing. I was told I would always be “subconsciously racist.” How convenient. The guy who had plenty of black and Hispanic “battle buddies” he’d gladly die for in the military was subconsciously racist, which would also allow said Black History Month speaker to collect checks for the rest of his life.

Fast forward to yesterday, where it turns out Planned Parenthood’s drones are capable of passing Gender Studies 101. Like “white privilege,” “male privilege” is a great way to end the debate. If you agree with the premise, you’ve already lost.

My advice for conservatives who come into contact with the drones is to kill them with kindness. Smile. Get that glint in the eye that Mark Steyn has when he drops intellectual atom bombs on his opponents. Show them that you love life, and they will usually let you know what they think about death:

“There is a direct correlation between the Roe v Wade judgment and crime percentages. Approximately 18 years post Roe v Wade the national crime average started going down. There seems to be no other major influencer besides that to attribute this to. A lot of people disagree with that. Although this is not conclusive – one cannot argue that this is inconsequential to the equation, in my opinion.”

Great point there. Nothing like promoting abortion based on the selling point that it results in lower crime rates. I don’t think I need to explain why that’s not a winner at the ballot box. Here’s a clue: Margaret Sanger.

Now, for you honey badgers, go find yourself a bees nest to upset. I have a favorite clip of Mark Steyn I’d like to watch for the 100th time.

Preparing for Life After Limbaugh.

Conservatives need to prepare for Life After Limbaugh. Hopefully, that day won't come for a long, long time. Judging by the talking heads prone to friendly fire, we're not doing a very good job with the farm league.

One day Rush Limbaugh will not be with us. One day, he’ll turn off the Golden EIB Microphone, and on a long enough timeline all we’ll have of him will be the transcripts from his show, the audio library, and his books—but we won’t have him. And then what?

For starters, we’ll have one less person who knows how to put things in perspective:

“I just wish that people on our side could get unified and understand that the problem is not Herman Cain, the problem is not Rick Perry, the problem is not Rick Santorum, the problem is not any of our people. The problem is Barack Obama and what he has done so far to this country and what he will continue to do if given the chance,” (Rush Limbaugh).

It’s a very fine art, knowing when and how to critique individuals who fall on the same side of the ideological fence. Rush has always done an amazing job at tweaking those who needed to be tweaked without damaging the conservative movement. Generally, he holds his fire for those who place themselves up on moral pedestals (i.e., the elitist conservatives), the Beltway know-it-alls who sneer at regular folks just as much as your typical, liberal, cable news partisan hack—who just hide it a bit better behind a string of euphemisms.

I’ve worked in Washington, DC for a few years now, and I’ve run into plenty of (so-called) conservative academics and intellectuals who hate Rush Limbaugh. The reason? When you boil it down–whether they want to admit it or not—it’s because he’s willing to let the guys who think they’re the smartest in the room know that they’re not.

Rush was supposed to be bought and paid for long ago, but he’s not. He was supposed to be a part of the good ol’ boys club, but he’s not. He doesn’t just blindly accept the conventional wisdom offered up by the Republican side of the aisle—because he’s conservative. He’s principled. He has an uncanny ability to see through all the BS, even when his political allies can not.

This upsets them.

When Rush is dead and gone, we’ll need others who live and work according to a similar philosophy. We’ll need foot soldiers who are eternally optimistic, principled, and always willing to be America’s Truth Detector. Right now there aren’t many like him. Mark Steyn is one of a few select personalities who can match Rush in wit, wisdom, humor, independence, and consistency. We need more of that, and the conservative movement is doing a horrible job cultivating new talent.

Right now, the “Al Gore Doomsday Clock” on Rush’s website still has four years to go before Armageddon hits, so conservatives know they’ll at least have that long to listen and learn. They also need to be preparing for Life After Limbaugh. Until that day comes, though, I think I speak for the majority of the conservative movement when I say, “Thank God for the Excellence in Broadcasting Network and the man behind the Golden EIB Microphone.”

Liberals: Fourth Amendment Odious, Racist. Isolated Mansions? Very Cool.

I normally wouldn’t write three immigration posts in one week, but a

My fellow Americans: Stop reading The Constitution. You're making me look bad. Like, really really bad.

number of events have forced my hand. One: I can’t resist the opportunity to expose more people to Mark Steyn. Two: it turns out more people are pointing out that actually reading a particular bill or law is a better option than listening to the major media outlets. You don’t need to waste your time listening to the talking heads on FOX, CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NBC, etc. with the internet, because you can usually get the source material on your own and come to your own conclusions. I’m glad that I pointed out that exact same point earlier in the day, (although I’m still uber jealous I don’t have a FOX News contract).

The fact that you don’t need traditional media drives the suits up a wall. And it really is getting under their skin that the Tea Party movement is composed of a bunch of “rabble rousers” who actually read the Constitution (which can be delivered to your door FREE of charge thanks to The Heritage Foundation)

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized,”(Fourth Amendment, United States Constitution).

Americans don’t have to be familiar with famous court cases like Entick v Carrington (1765), Wilkes v Wood (1763), Illinois v. Gates (1983), or Horton v. California (1990) to come to accurate conclusions about the new Arizona immigration law. And they don’t need to listen to Seth MacFarlane and his clueless liberal friends, provided they have common sense and basic knowledge of The Constitution.

As I asked earlier: Is it reasonable to ask someone to provide documentation in regards to their citizenship status if they’re shooting at cops or using your back yard as a staging ground for who knows what? Mark Steyn nails it:

I spoke this week to a lady who has a camp of illegals on the edge of her land: She lies awake at night, fearful for her children and alert to strange noises in the yard. President Obama, shooting from his lip, attacked the new law as an offense against “fairness.” Where’s the fairness for this woman’s family? Because her home is in Arizona rather than Hyde Park, Chicago, she’s just supposed to get used to living under siege?

Most people living along the border don’t have ornate mansions to retreat to in order to avoid the “inconveniences” of the free-for-all immigration policy that the federal government seems to be content with.  Seth MacFarlane does. And if you’re President Obama, you get a fancy-pants motorcade and snazzy guys with guns and earpieces. The mom with two kids in close proximity to Arizona’s border? Not so much…

Kick Ass Just a Movie? American Exceptionalism Is Real.

Kick Ass is now in theaters. And, while many Americans will without-a-doubt be angry with the foul language and violence depicted in the film (most notably proud socialist Roger Ebert), there are aspects of “Dave Lizewski’s” life I think should give everyone hope.

Stand up against moral relativists. Stand up for American Exceptionalism. In short: Kick Ass.

For those unfamiliar with the film, all they need to know is that Dave Lizewski is a high school kid who saw first-hand that good and evil exist in real life, and wondered why no one has ever decided to put on a costume and really become a super hero. Other characters, like “Big Daddy” and his daughter Mindy “Hit Girl” MacCready, have similar (albeit darker) motivations for coming to the same conclusion. They spend the movie tied up in a web of crime spun by the city’s kingpin.

What does this have to do with American Exceptionalism you ask? Quite a bit, actually. In a world increasingly filled with moral relativism and multi-culturalism (Destroyed here by Mark Steyn), the movie gives hope for America moving forward.

Kick Ass will be a success while the last Superman—with “Truth, Justice, and ALL THAT STUFF”— was basically a failure. Why? The same reason (at least in part) why The Lord of the Rings and 300 were successes: much more moral clarity. “Good” and “Evil” are not the subjective ideas liberal moral relativists would have you believe. Sure, there is vigilante justice in films that take place in modern day America, but that’s because the characters exist in a time where those who share the sentiments of Michael “behead civilians and I might just call you a freedom fighter” Moore have been given the bully pulpit and the ability to leave their mark on our collective psyche:

“The Iraqis who have risen up against the occupation are not “insurgents” or “terrorists” or “The Enemy.” They are the REVOLUTION, the Minutemen, and their numbers will grow — and they will win,” (Michael Moore).

Dave Lizewski is like so many other Americans out there who are yearning for somone—anyone—to articulate the kind of ideals they know in their gut to be true. Kick Ass isn’t hypocritical for having vigilante costumed heroes engaged in violence while deploring it–they’re byproducts of a society where the majority of people sit at home disengaged, playing XBOX while it all goes to hell in a hand basket! When Dave is asked by the ringleader of a group of muggers if he’s insane for putting his life on the line for a man he doesn’t even know, Dave responds:

Three a**holes laying into one guy while everybody else watches? And you wanna know what’s wrong with me? Yeah, I’d rather die.

Dave lives in a world where Alexis de Tocqueville would be looked upon as a right-wing kook for his defense of the American experiment. Dave lives in a world where a president creates hubbubs over speeches because no one knows what he believes about American leadership on the world stage. As of right now, you can’t find social circles that live by codes such as Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage unless you’re in the military. Correction: the real US military. I say that because  Captain America has turned into a whiney liberal version of his former self, whose enemy is the Tea Party movement instead of al Qaeda terrorists with Worldwide Sharia Law machinations… It’s sad.

American Exceptionalism used to be more about our system of government, the Rule of Law, and our never-ending quest to secure individual liberties for citizens while staving off the “soft despotism” of an ever-expansive federal government. But today, we are increasingly America Alone when it comes to moral clarity.

I believe, when you look out over the throngs of Tea Party activists embracing a return to First Principles instead of a future of economic stagnation due to a liberal activist government and entitlement spending on steroids, there’s a reason to be optimistic. There are still millions of Americans out there who know deep down that this is a special place that needs to be preserved. This November, make a pledge to go to the voting booth and Kick Ass.

Update: Big Hollywood has a good article up on Kick Ass. However, I think I beat them to the punch by days on this one, mainly because I’m a comic nerd.

Liberalism: A Willing Walk into Shelob’s Lair.

A friend of mine recently pointed me to a dating website –not for the dating — but for a political blog post that noted what you and I have known for a long time: it’s tough to agree on anything when you believe in nothing. Or, I guess if you were Joy Behar you would claim to believe in everything. Here’s the short of it:

“Yes, a political party that [is] wide-open is probably a more intellectually stimulating organization, and it has a lot more potential power. But bigger base is also just that many more competing viewpoints Democratic politicians must cater to and that many more different viewpoints in play among the actual elected officials themselves.

Also, well over half of the Democratic party’s hull lies

IL-17's Phil Hare: Why are all these webs in my mouth? Oh...that's just Shelob again. My fault.

outside of its upper-right-hand ideological home, implying that you’ve got many groups of people who might tend Democratic, but who have disagreements with the party on particular issues and could defect, should the slant of the party or the country tilt the wrong way.”

First of all, I disagree with the author that conservatives don’t have “intellectually stimulating” debate. However, as I noted in the comments section of a previous post, there is a big difference between “preferences” and “principles.” And it’s there where conservatives have a distinct advantage over liberals because conservatives actually believe in principles and liberals…don’t. They’re multi-cultural moral relativists.

Conservatives believe in things like Free Enterprise, Limited Government, Individual Freedom, Traditional American Values, and a Strong National Defense. Liberals believe musicians who wished for a world without religion and liberal Catholic nuns can “live vote as one.” It doesn’t work. The result is a discombobulated mess  of a political party that needs to cater to all sorts of special interest groups in order to get elected. And, as I said before, it’s why they stress delivery over any adherence to a set of core values. It’s why a guy like Barack Obama—whose autobiography states that people project their hopes and dreams onto him as if he was a blank canvas—gets elected. You need rhetorical wizards in order to weave a word-web strong enough to hold in gay rights activists, labor unions, environmentalists, Catholic nuns, hippies, trial lawyers, grungey-hipster college kids, and Green Day all in one place. Or…a magical spider from Lord of the Rings. Take your pick.

Liberalism: Shelob’s Lair. Only, many of those who are wrapped up in it don’t even know it. My guess is that Democrats from Illinois pull webbing from their teeth quite often.

Mark Steyn: Secret Agent or Conservative Mega Man Sent to Save Us All?

I don’t know if Mark Steyn is a secret agent or a conservative Mega Man created to save us all from an Obamacare Dystopia. Either way, he churns out great work with scary precision:

Mark Steyn: Created by Conservative Dr. Light to save us all from Liberal Dystopia?

“…Tax those big bad corporations a bit more? Medtronic has just announced that the new Obamacare taxes on its products could force it to lay off a thousand workers. What do those guys do? Well, they develop products such as the recently approved pacemaker that’s safe for MRI scans or the InterStim bladder-control device. So that’s a thousand fewer people who’ll be working on new stuff. Well, so what? The public won’t miss what they never knew they had. So again the effect is one of disincentivization — in this case, of innovation.”

Just as Europe, and most of the free world, has been able to entertain their Nanny State adventures for decades thanks to the blanket of security the United States provides, leeching off the innovation and inventions of our health care system has provided them the ability to throw a shroud over the scarcity of own their medical advancements. Oddly, liberal Democrats know this, and yet asked (until the vote this week) “If I can be like that, what would I do?”

Well, now we know. And why not? They’ll have more people dependent on them, which means more opportunities to promise bigger and better things with each election cycle. And when people get sick, they still get treated (even if that life-saving drug or procedure that would have been created under a more market-friendly system is never invented).

Having a kid anytime soon? Encourage them to be a nurse, because nations that don’t create cutting edge technology to deal with maladies that have been with us since time began (and those that have yet to rear their ugly microbial heads) always have a need for more nurses. President Obama, you sure have shown those evil insurance companies and pharmaceutical profit-monsters! Not only did you take away their profits, you may have doomed their kids (and your own) to a world where less benefits are reaped from the research and development spearheaded by private corporations. But hey, I’m sure the icepack and blanket industries are looking at their long term projections and giving the board of trustees a round of hi-fives.

That is, unless we act now. As I wrote in response to a commenter in another thread, whether they realize it or not, the current administration’s white-hot intransigence is forging a new kind of conservative. I hope the economy doesn’t melt down in the mean time, and if we had space-time continuum goggles I’m sure the future of America’s children would be warping under the pressure – but I think we’ll come out of this okay in the end.

I don’t see this health care outcome as a loss at all. It was an opening salvo in the fight for the future of the country. It was a BIG one, I’ll grant that, but the counter strike is coming. November will be here before you know it.

Conservative Peanut Butter Jelly Time: Why the Viral Video Dearth?

Have you ever wondered why people like Tay Zonday, with videos like Chocolate Rain, have had tens of millions of people watch their Youtube shorts, but Thomas Sowell unleashing a monsoon of genius has only reached tens of thousands? No? Me either. But what I do wonder is why conservatives haven’t grasped the power of the viral Youtube video and its ability to reach millions of people. If videos made with public policy undercurrents go viral, the potential of cementing ideas into the collective psyche of the American people is huge.

Right now conservative organizations with the budget to do so should be finding talented writers and film makers – particularly young people – with a feel for what the recipe would be for a politically-tinged short video with the potential to blow up online. Yes, the pool of talented young, conservative entertainment-minded folks is going to be small, and thus harder to find them, but the urgency is still there.

Where are the Conservative Peanut Butter Jelly Time tinged videos? Let's get with the program. Seriously.

If you think we can’t learn a thing or two from a bunch of guys skateboarding in fat-suits to Sir Mix-A-Lot, you’re wrong. Granted, I think the Obama administration may have learned the wrong lesson when it allowed one of those guys, Tony Hawk, to tear it up in the Old Executive Office Building for Father’s Day… even if they were right in trying to do something fun for the occasion.

Right now the elitist conservative Beltway bubble crowd is probably holding their nose, if they’re still even reading, so I’ll throw them a bone in a way they’d understand: When Kingdon talks of public policy “primordial soup,” and all the bits and pieces and ingredients involved in creating an opportunity for legislation to pass, it should be noted that the cultural broth is most certainly seasoned, to some extent, with popular culture. It’s undeniable. I suggest taking part. It’s certainly possible to have class and popular culture in one package; just ask Mark Steyn.

The problem with elitist policy-wonks is that they hold themselves up as a winner no matter what happens to the United States. Let me explain:

  • If things don’t go their way, they pat themselves on the back and say “Well, I’m just too smart for the yokels and they don’t get it, so the heck with them.”
  • If conservatives are elected – even if in reality the elitists had little to no part in it – they still find a way to take credit, pat themselves on the back, and say, “Good show, old chap,” before downing a Gin Rickey.

We need to think outside the box. And while I’m happy with the inroads conservatives have made with New Media (which isn’t so new anymore), I think there is much more work to be done. But I think we’d be better off taking cues from the Mark Steyns of the world instead of your local David Frum any day of the week. Think about it over some pork and beans.

Confront Moral Relativism and…Do it Live!

Over the past few years we’ve heard a lot about “corporate greed.” Apparently, all those guys inventing technology that raises the standard of living for tens-of-millions of people around the globe are also going to be the cause of America’s ultimate demise. (For those nerds out there, this is like Marvel Comics’ reverse claim that the same serum that killed Harry Osborn…saved him.) But I digress. And I’ll put aside the blog post that explains how it’s really Christmas holiday public policy drops and the ideas floated about by boneheads in Congress that warp market incentives and exacerbate human beings’ base instincts. The market harnesses human “greed” and redirects it in ways that benefit society. For further reading I suggest Dinesh D’Souza’s fabulous book The Virtual of Prosperity: Finding Values in the Age of Techno-Affluence.

Today, I’d like to focus more on what for now I’ll just deem Spiritual Greed. This is something that is much more dangerous to society than a corporate CEO giving himself and his buddies a “golden parachute.” And it’s most-readily planted inside you by the moral relativism espoused by liberals.

If you don’t believe there are objective truths that can be self-evident, you find yourself in a world where fellow Americans actually make the case for a “living Constitution” (or as Thomas Sowell notes, a dying Constitution.

Multi-culturalism, moral relativism, and a me, me, me, mentality pushed by the entertainment industry come together in a toxic soup to produce things like Bush-Hitler elementary school projects, chat room users who encourage suicide like crazed-sideline sports fans, and large swathes of society asserting “all cultures are the same” when that is certainly not the case.

Corporations do have responsibilities to surrounding communities. I don’t dispute that. But when the moral fabric of society falls apart like Weezer’s sweater because its left flank is okay with being a nation of narcissists, they shouldn’t be surprised by the wreckage left behind.

Whenever a liberal politician tries to split the nation into “Two Americas,” – private sector vs. public sector – before demonizing entrepreneurs and businessmen, take a real close look before making any decisions.

I’m not an angel (the Lord knows that). I’ve made my mistakes. But the difference between a liberal and a conservative is that deep down the conservative knows when he’s wrong. The conservative acknowledges that he’s fallible and tries to rise above it. Liberalism, by contrast, encourages you to sit in a cesspool of self indulgence and depravity without even knowing it.

We need to fight this. And all of the outgrowth spawned from it. And we need to do it live.