For nearly ten Terran standard years I have tried to enlighten conservatives on the way they can integrate their political ideology into mainstream Republican politics with an eye toward winning national elections. To this point none of them have taken my advice. Look people I’m trying to help you here. Listening to people like Maureen Scott who writes occasionally at RenewAmerica.com will not place conservatives in a position to win national elections. Sure, in the hinterlands the bigotry being hailed down on Barack Obama plays well, but in the end Latinos, women, blacks, political moderates and LGBTQ voters are a coalition that cannot be beaten at the national level.
Scott makes this case in her article of 1 March 2013 entitled The Architect of Destruction:
“Obama has never given a speech that is filled with calm, reassuring, complimentary, heartfelt statements about all the people in the U.S. Or one that inspires us to be better, grateful, and proud that, in a short time, our country became a leader, and a protector of so many. Quite the contrary, his speeches always degenerate into mocking, ridiculing tirades as he faults our achievements ,along with any of his critics, all for the sake of a laugh, or to bolster his ego. He uses his Office to threaten and create fear while demeaning and degrading anyone who opposes his policies and actions. Unlike a secure leader, who has noble self-esteem and not false confidence, Obama displays a cocky, haughty attitude and a dread of being critiqued.
“Mostly, his time seems to be spent causing dissension, unrest, and anxiety among the people rather than uniting us (even though he was presented to us as the “Great Uniter”). He creates chaos for the sake of keeping citizens separated, envious, aggrieved and ready to argue. Under his leadership Americans have been kept on edge, rather than in a state of comfort and security. He incites people to be aggressive toward, disrespectful of, and retaliate against those of differing backgrounds and views. Through such behavior, Obama has lowered the standards for self-control and mature restraint to the level of rowdy, street-fighting gangs. When, instead, he should be raising the bar for people to strive toward becoming more considerate, tolerant, self-disciplined, self-sustaining, and self-assured.”
Okay, if you haven’t thrown up yet after reading this mish-mosh of bigotry and racism please take a deep breath and join me in trying to explain why these people have fallen into a trap of their own making. President Obama isn’t and never was the problem. The fact that it takes a Maureen Scott, a sixty something white retiree is the problem that conservatism has. I’m in New York City this week as Winter Storm Juno prepares to hammer the city with up to two feet of snow. Yesterday I spent time with some folks in a restaurant and talked about politics and society in the United States. Of the two dozen or so men and women I talked to the vast majority categorized themselves as moderates politically. None of them could see a world where a conservative could win the White House. To this I had to ask them to clarify the reasons why.
To a man and woman, whether black or white or Latino, gay or straight, they all said, ” . . . conservatives want to make Americans conform to their beliefs whether they hold them or not.” This is the problem that the Maureen Scotts of the world have. These people have watched “their country” change before their eyes. America to them was white and cowed by a majority religion to keep quiet about the crimes committed in the name of faith and do all that is possible to keep the best and the fullest for those like them–white and Christian. Nothing made these people more fearful than a level economic and social playing field. Those like Scott today could not have imagined the modern American society forty years ago. The people in the restaurant yesterday can see an even more free, diverse America in the future.
Where are the young conservatives with the same values as Maureen Scott? Where ate the 25 to 35 year old educated bigots that will keep the flames of white Christian conservatism burning deep into the 21st Century? To say there are none would be a horrible mistake for a Progressive journalist like myself. There are many of these people but they choose to remain quiet and in the background of matters rather than vocalize their ideology in public. My point is that in a generation this brand of conservatism will be as dead as, well, Maureen Scott. Time then, as America becomes more diverse, is on the side of Progressives and multicultural diversity as a recipe for American prosperity. Maureen Scott is simply preaching to a dying choir. Is conservatism in its death throes? Not exactly, but is is collecting a Social Security check while complaining about those in disadvantaged circumstances being moochers who should be cut off. In ten years I’ll be writing an article saying that conservatism has been sent to the nursing home and in another ten I’ll be writing about conservatism in hospice. In 2045 I’ll be writing the eulogy for today’s conservatism.
Fredrick Schwartz, D.S.V.J., CS, O.Q.H [Journ.]
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