I like Sen. Josh Hawley.
I don’t really disagree with anything he says here. It is true that millions of young White American men have been plunged into a crisis because we live in a toxic culture.
Last month, a young White man who I went to high school with who was in the grade below me committed suicide. Truth be told, we are both more like middle aged White men now. He was married. He has a young daughter who goes to the same school as my son. He loved the Dave Matthews Band. We used to see him all the time picking up his daughter after school. I’ve heard that it was due to drugs and depression. Anyway, that is what came to mind when I watched this speech this morning.
This young White man took his own life and checked out on the world. I just saw his wife picking up their daughter at the school last week. She was only in the first grade when her father committed suicide. This is just one example of the carnage that is going on all over the country under “patriarchy” and “white supremacy.” The idea that White men are oppressing non-Whites and women is ludicrous. Assuming they even get that far these days (the number of bitter single men and divorced men continues to grow), White men no longer have the power and authority to control their own families.
There is more that I could say about this, but it would only be speculation. It will suffice to say that we live in a time of severe cultural breakdown. These are the kinds of things which happen when men live in a toxic culture. The workplace is toxic. Marriage and family life is toxic. Dating is toxic. Men commit suicide or escape into video games or drugs because all of this seems to be due to forces out of their control. The world that we live in today was created and set in motion by the last two generations.
What have the conservatives of the last two generations conserved? The answer is low taxes, deregulation and large defense budgets. Nothing that truly mattered was conserved. As Josh Hawley points out, progressives control the commanding heights of government, culture and the economy, so whatever “conservatism” was over the last several decades has been routed and is a total failure.
Note: Next year, the very same people who have presided over this total cultural collapse are likely to be returned to power in Congress. They also promise to do nothing about these problems.