Very good speech.
I agree with all of it.
It is big brained and you would need to be familiar with the broad sweep of American intellectual history to get what Hawley is driving at here, but his analysis of the cult of the self and what it has led to is correct. It is as ubiquitous as the air that you breathe.
My problem with Sen. Josh Hawley is similar to the problem that I have with Trump. He has some good ideas and policy proposals, but he is like an island in Conservatism, Inc. and the Republican Party. The vast majority of the party and conservative apparatus is not on his wavelength. It has more in common with David French and Mitch McConnell and is content to just sit there and file bills about anti-Semitism, accuse Democrats of being the real racists and do absolutely nothing for voters and expect to be reelected because the alternative is worse.
Sen. Josh Hawley introduced a bill about internet censorship earlier this summer. What happened to it? What happened to Kate’s Law or virtually anything that we supported? Political mandates that are given to Republicans by populist voters go to Congress where they are turned into tax cuts for the wealthy, increases in military spending, victories for Jewish donors and the Israel Lobby and pet projects of the donor class like criminal justice reform. There is no relationship between the base of the party and the Republican policy agenda.
If Sen. Josh Hawley had absolute power in Washington, I am sure he would tackle the internet censorship problem. Similarly, I have no doubt that Blompf would build the wall for he could get “tremendous credit” for it. Neither Trump or Hawley can overcome intense and united opposition from Democrats though because their own party isn’t behind them.
What does this leave us with at the end of the day? Nothing.
Note: See the recent elections in Kentucky, Louisiana and Virginia. That’s what promising the world and delivering nothing ultimately leads to.