Sunday, July 16, 2017

American Conservatism: A Movement of Weakness

It seems the Republican Party, much like its rivals The Democrats, promise much, yet never achieve anything beneficial to the public.

In Washington D.C., Republicans are the majority party and could pass all those “sweeping” bills they’ve been telling voters about for years.

Yet they haven’t.

On all of the major issues, Republicans claim one thing, yet haven’t made any headway on anything. Healthcare, Muddled, Foreign Policy reform, Not happening, Immigration, cites some gibberish.

The tendencies of the Republican Party and their establishment wing are well-known. They’re more concerned internally about waging a war on “Trumpism” and nationalist sentiment that accepting a changed world.  From all of this, the truth is quite simpler.

American Conservatism is a movement of absolute weakness.

One could argue the Republican Party is the political equivalent of Stockholm Syndrome. Being brow-beaten by the left for decades has reduced them to the level of victims. They state their “ideals” will finally win and then they’ll stop liberalism. All while the left holds institutional control and marches on.

Trump’s victory last November should have been their wake-up call. Their ideals are dead and obsolete. A wake-up call ignored as they see whether they can impeach the President on false grounds. All of which would be in line with both parties Neo-Conservative war-hawkishness.

Much like their “opposition,” they cling to their ideals that are both abstract and “anti-historical.” Such a reality demonstrates a major lacking in American “conservatives” and their rivals.

That of an ethos.

The Federalist Party under Alexander Hamilton had an authentic ethos. They were of ideals far removed from the American Revolution’s liberalism. While their opponents, the Democratic-Republicans praised the hellscape of the French Revolution, they stuck to ideals and their historical roots.

Traditional Conservatives and Paleo-Conservatives maintained some level of roots, yet they were watered-down and reduced. The current Christian Right has no semblance of authentic roots and are lost in contradiction to their ideals and “traditions.” American conservatism eventually adapted the abstract ideals of their liberal rivals. “Limited” government and “Free-market” capitalism became their unfortunate credo.

Among their losses were that of the nation-state. The nation is the foundation of any strong society with its traditions, culture, population and roots.The liberal, and subsequently modern conservative, credo presented the nation as an abstract notion with no historical meaning. To that end, both have acted as reductionists.

Everyone and everything is replaceable in their eyes, roots are superstitious, differences can be watered-down, culture has no meaning or value, everyone can be made the same.

To which nothingness prevails.

In December, this writer said that the American Right is a “faux-pas,” lacking in any historical meaning. A populistic nationalist defeated multiple liberal candidates on both sides and like their “opponents,” they have no idea why their ideals failed.

History still has a few lessons to give.

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