THE POLITICAL PENDULUM: CONSERVATISM AS PUNK ROCK AND A CAUTIONARY TALE FOR PROGRESSIVES


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I have read a few pages of Kurt Schlichter’s new book “Conservative Insurgency” and as much as I wanted to dismiss this as yet another conservative wish list dressed up as fiction as I read I took a moment to consider the premise. Schlichter is a good writer and he touches all the bases as a writer that can keep a reader interested by by creating interesting characters with depth and presenting them in compelling situations. Okay, so much for my literary criticism. The politics of the book lay the groundwork for the premise. In 2041 the third consecutive conservative President of the United States has been elected and is awaiting his inauguration. Progressivism has been swept aside as a new wave of conservatism has overtaken not only politics but American culture. Strengthened are the values of the right in state and local governments, in the arts and in academia.

My Progressive friends, don’t laugh; for he who does not learn from history is damned to repeat it. Schlichter concedes a Hillary Rodham Clinton victory in 2016 and then explains how her administration fails completely because of foreign policy blunder that leads to a nuclear strike on Israel by Iran shortly after her reelection in 2020. Earlier in the prologue the author casts a progressive radio pundit at the age of 64 in 2041 lamenting the marginalization of her ideology in many of the same ways that conservatives lament the infighting and the endless defeats in the current Culture Wars.

There was a time that I would see this premise as laughable; today not so much. If there is one thing that I know about politics and societies that thing is that the pendulum always swings back to the center. Whether the pendulum swings all the way to the right or left after a cycle depends on how much the electorate feels change needs to be made. After Nixon resigned the nation wanted anyone to replace the feeling of shame about their highest elected office and that gave rise to Jimmy Carter. The scenario regarding the fictional Clinton is a hope by Schlichter that a similar foreign policy failure would bring her and her party down. Obama’s election and the massive influx of Democrats into the House and Senate in 2006 and 2008 was a direct rejection of the Bush Administration’s neoconservative policies in Iraq.

The other part of this story is the article written, clearly to promote his new book, about how the conservative ideology is like punk rock. This article is the opposite of Schlichter’s good writing in his book. This piece at Townhall.com is a sad attempt to present the conservative cultural program as something that it is not. Conservatism isn’t new, fresh or cutting edge. Conservatives don’t want to kick the walls of Progressive oppression down and “stick it to the man” because they are the man. The bitter progressive in his book is manifest in his own pitiful stretch to make conservatism cool in the current age. There is no amount to stage makeup that can change the current feelings about conservatism and conservatives, but in the not too distant future a few years of a comfortable majority in both houses of Congress and a twelve year occupancy in the White House could lead to a level of complacency in the Democratic Party that could prove as fatal as running bad candidates for the presidency from 1972 though 1988. My advice to Progressives is to buy Schlichter’s book and read it– twice.

Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!

Sarah Bloch, D.S.V.J., J.F., O.Q.H [Jur.]
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11 Responses to “THE POLITICAL PENDULUM: CONSERVATISM AS PUNK ROCK AND A CAUTIONARY TALE FOR PROGRESSIVES”

  1. Like a thoughtful, contemplative progressive; you’re progressive.

  2. sarahbloch Says:

    The book while fiction is a tale about how conservatives take over American politics and culture over the course of the next 23 years written by a conservative.

  3. sarahbloch Says:

    That was written about his column in Townhall where he compares conservatism to punk rock.

  4. Bill Logan is a sick fuck who luxuriates in being an asshole. It’s his calling card and he is damn proud of it. Dogs pee to mark territory as well. But dogs have more class. Has it crossed your mind why the folks at B4V banned you? When you are to “conservative” for them to even take, that’s making a statement! If being a small minded Christianist racist bigot is a badge of honor for an emotional eunuch, then you are leagues ahead of the rest of the redneck jackoffs who think they know better than everyone else. Obviously you think you are cute and funny when the reality is you are pathetic. Please explain how these uncreative snide comments that vomit from your mouth like clockwork is supposed to be an impressive sign of intelligence. You are so mindlessly reactionary and so invested in cartoon stereotypes that if a “liberal” or a “progressive” said eating and breathing was a good thing, you would instantaneously make some stupid comment about gays or blacks or Muslims or Christian haters. Please just fuck off . It’s beyond me why this blog tolerates you. Maybe they enjoy the entertainment of torturing you, like pulling the wings off of flies or burning ants with a magnifying glass. Like maybe what’s talked about here is intentional. Just to see your reaction so they can laugh at you. And how teeny tiny your shriveled dick is. Which accounts for your massive over compensating. You’re like an annoying gnat. Sooner or later the swatter comes out and no more irritation. Isn’t there some other blog you can go to to pester people? You contribute nothing. You’re a pathetic bully with a keyboard. Now get on your chopper and have an accident. Maybe it will knock some niceness into you.

  5. I’m curious. Let me axe you some quesions Bill. What kind of music was played in your house while you were growing up and what music do you listen to now? If you had to pick, who is or what band is your favorite musical artist today and why?
    What is the last book you read and of all of the ones you have read, which is your favorite? Before you were married, were you any good at picking up girls? If so, how many, what kind of places and to what do you attribute your success to?
    Who is your favorite painter or sculpturer? If you were eating your last meal, and you had an unlimited appetite, what would you eat and by whom would you like it to be prepared by. Please include appetizers, aperitifs, salads, entrees and sides of course; and deserts.
    Which is the last movie you saw and if you had to choose, which is your favorite? Do you have any tattoos? If so, of what when did you get them and how many do you have? Name your favorite car of each decade from 1950 until today and if you owned any of them. Do you have a hobby? If so, what is it and are you any good at it? Who do you admire and why? Lastly, if you could choose any time period; from the past until the future, which would you pick and why. Lets see if you can rise to this challenge.

    • sarahbloch Says:

      Interesting. Can I play?

    • sarahbloch Says:

      Music in my house was classical for the most part. I play the piano but not very well. I still love classical music but Now I am listening to Lykke Li’s last two CDs.

      The last book I read was Dallas 1963 and I am currently reading Orson Scott Card’s Hidden Empire which is creepily prescient [Russian ambitions in former Soviet Republics and a hemorrhagic fever outbreak in Africa] considering it was written in 2009.

      I have never been married but I am engaged now and plan to marry soon to a great guy who has the one trait no woman can resist—he’s an excellent cook! I wasn’t the type who picked up guys but I did date quite a bit when I got here.

      I have to choose? Painter Hieronymus Bosch who had a vision beyond not only his time but his dimension.

      Last meal? This is easy Escargot with pesto butter en croute to start. French onion soup to follow. Watercress and arugula salad with capers and a balsamic vinaigrette next. Beef Wellington as the main course and red velvet cake for dessert. A nice single malt scotch like Oban or Talisker 18 year old to start. A good dry red like Medoc along with the entrée and a nice double shot of Akvavit and an espresso after dessert. Throw in a nice Cuban cigar and that is the perfect meal. Of course it will be cooked by my fiancée.

      Last movie I saw was Bad Day at Black Rock the Spencer Tracy classic just this past weekend on television. The last film I saw in the theater was The Best Offer with Geoffrey Rush and it was mesmerizing—a must see. My favorite movie oh my so many to choose from because as an art film is my favorite relaxation medium. My favorite the one that stops me in my tracks if I see it will broadcast is the WW 2 classic Twelve O’clock High.

      No tattoos yet but I am considering getting a little demon girl over my heart.

      As silly as this sounds I don’t drive because the public transportation here is excellent and I never took the time to learn.

      My hobby is pottery. I have thrown pots [against the wall because they didn’t fire into anything recognizable!] for about six years now and it is a grueling learning process. Porcelain is impossible but I am starting to get the hang of it.

      Who do I admire? I have the luxury here in the Afterlife of meeting so many of the people [and not people] that I admire. Hands down it has to be Jackie Kennedy. Delicate yet strong. Brilliant and not condescending. Ambitious but generous. A perfect woman.

      Time period to live in? Any time during the 1960s. That’s history I would have loved to have been engaged in.

      • I have Bosch hanging in my living room. Not to brag but I’m an accomplished self-taught chef. And Bill, I live in KC, not St. Louis.

  6. I’m the one who posed the questions. I’m pretty sure I’m up for it. BTW, I have a ’66 Thunderbird. Very strong #2 car.

  7. Yeah? Does he need any hints or tips? IMO, the ’66 was the best of that “flairbird” body. It certainly was the mos refined. There is a yahoo group for flairbird owners. There is a guy in Wisconsin who is very knowledgeable and has a lot of parts and resto items.

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