From six years ago today:
This week I want to focus a bit on what other people are writing that shares my own optimism for what’s possible. These days it’s easy to have discussions with conservatives that are full of gloom and doom. Many are well-versed in how everything has gone to hell in America, how it started a hundred years ago with the progressive movement, and how all is now lost.
My question to them is this: During the past 100 years — what has been done by defenders of the U.S. Constitution and the principles of the Declaration of Independence to counter this dread progressive movement? Let me answer that — very little.
Founding magazines and forming think tanks doesn’t count. Neither does much of what’s constituted “activism” for most of the past thirty years — and yes, I’m sorry, but I’m including the actions of the tea party type groups because they just don’t do enough actual outreach to the uninformed and misinformed and haven’t even been able to protect their own brand.
This series has focused on what is needed. (Which is, our side entering, for the first time in a serious way, the political information war.) The reason I don’t buy the argument that we’ve lost the fight is because I don’t think we’ve been in the fight. Fortunately I’m not the only one saying that all is not lost. Back in the summer American Thinker’s Bruce Walker posted an article titled, “Our Sure Victory.” Here are a few excerpts.
While millions of us watch with dread the daily mischief of the enemies of freedom, and while this concern is proper and wise, we ought to recall also that these enemies are transcendent nebbishes: they know nothing; they believe nothing; they trust nothing. They flinch like savages from those of us who care about truth.
The almost total infestation of our institutions by leftists simply means that, over time, these institutions become cemeteries marked with unkempt graves. Whole sections of America have become festering scabs, as Victor Davis Hanson has described so well about the beautiful and luxuriant orchids, vineyards, and fields of his California homeland.
We are obliged to mourn all lost souls, but we are not bound to see in their despair and decline our own futures. The only real danger we face is the tantalizing but phony benefit of making peace with the left.
Why will we win, as long as we do not give up first? There are several interlocking reasons.
We believe in truth and in human relations, which means we believe in honesty. We recoil in disgust as the corruption of academic physical sciences, where groupthink has led to the purging of all politically incorrect propositions and, even worse, of all inconvenient data. The left does not care what is true and does not even believe in truth itself. Its notorious bad scientific predictions show that its science is not science anymore at all, but simply propaganda.
We believe in values which come from belief in a transcendent God. This means we do not fight wickedness alone. It means, in fact, that when we feel most alone, we really are not alone at all. In the drab, dirty, and dull universe of leftism, we have the unbreakable power of this goodness on our side. That matters. We fight for a reason.
The odds against us often seem daunting, and yet we survive. Those who stand for good things without flinching do prevail over time. America survived 1776 just as Britain survived 1940. Jews, against all odds, have survived, and Christianity, against all reason, has converted savage empires and lived through persecution which is still very much alive today. The often lonely followers of honesty, virtue, and faith in time prevail. That is our sure victory.
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