Ross Douthat is deeply confused about what conservatives should be conserving when the polls show that actually there is really no confusion about this among something like 85% of Republican voters. The message hasn’t trickled up yet to Yale University and the New York Times.
“But beneath this party crisis there is the deeper one, having to do with what conservatism under a liberal order exists to actually conserve. …
So the question, then, is what happens when the reasons for that investment weaken, when the things the right imagines itself conserving seem to slip away? …
This set of problems explains the mix of radicalism, factionalism, ferment and performance art that characterizes the contemporary right. What are we actually conserving anymore? is the question, and the answers range from the antiquarian (the Electoral College!) to the toxic (a white-identitarian conception of America) to the crudely partisan (the right to gerrymander) to the most basic and satisfying: Whatever the libs are against, we’re for.
On the center and the liberal center-right, meanwhile, there’s a sense that the way out of this mess is for decent conservatives to recommit to the liberal order — “to organize and draw a bright line between themselves and the illiberals on their own side,” as my colleague David Brooks put it this week. …”
Republican voters are clearly responding to an existential threat.
These people aren’t voting on the basis of policy anymore. They are voting on the basis of sheer hatred and loathing of the political establishment. They want champions who will fight back against the other side. This is what is driving them. While it is true that these people hate “journalists” and want to “own the libs,” the voters have a correct battlefield assessment of the situation. The stakes of this zero sum fight really are this high. There is going to be a winner and a loser in this fight. They want to be on the winning side. They are sick of being represented by a bunch of worthless cucks who are too timid to push back.
What are Republican voters thinking right now?
We’re under attack by the political establishment for being White.
We’re under attack by the political establishment for being Christian.
The political establishment clearly wants to destroy our republican system of government. They want to trample on our rights and demographically replace us with an endless tidal wave of Third World immigrants to create a more pliable electorate. This is what Republican voters believe now. Guess what? They are right. It took the normies long enough to figure it out, but you know better late than never.
The voters are saying that they want to conserve the racial, ethnic and cultural demographic core of the United States which is under relentless attack by the political establishment. They want to conserve our republican form of government. They want to conserve the White race, Christianity and the Republic. In other words, they want to reassert what some social scientists have labeled American “dominant ethnicity” after a long period of dormancy that began sometime around the mid-20th century.
Mainstream conservatism has been conserving cultural degeneration, low taxes and low regulation for multinational corporations, the Pentagon’s bloated budgets and occupations of foreign countries, global free trade, legions of worthless consultants and our bloated oligarchy. This is not what the people want though. These things are not their priorities. There are some large number of Independents who feel the same way about this which is why immigration is Joe Biden’s biggest weakness in the polls.
There are two sides in this identity knife fight: our side which is populism and nationalism and traditionalism vs. the other side which is modernism and woke progressivism. It isn’t complicated. You’re either for “America As It Was” and ought to remain and be extended in the future, OR, you are roughly one of these people who wants to topple statues of George Washington, celebrate criminals, drive an electric car and give up meat eating while railing against the “police” and “white supremacy” and the “patriarchy” and demanding that society refer to you by your own ridiculous make believe pronoun.
How hard is it for Republicans to craft policies which are a response to this reality? There are two sexes and gender has a biological basis and the people who say otherwise are telling the Biggest Lie in the history of American politics. God created Adam and Eve, not 20,000 make believe genders. We need to restrict immigration because that is what our voters want to happen. It is their top priority. We need to defend the First Amendment and Second Amendment. We need to break up the monopolies which are crushing voters. We need to be breaking politically correct taboos and championing White identity and Christianity and masculinity and femininity and shoving back against the corrupt and degenerate political establishment which is attacking us on the basis of our identity.
Conservative elites could be saying this. If they won’t say it, we will say it for them and these mewling, sanctimonious cowards can be ignored, judged and replaced by their followers.