We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
For the blank youth in a land without history, there is no past except as a scrambled mess of tropes, images and symbols to be combined and recombined in the way that amuses them best. There is only the wide open future. A future that is at once hopeful and hopeless. Ahead revolutions beckon. Each revolution excites them, and then fails, hardening them. They are told over and over again that the future belongs to them. But at some point they are forced to realize that in truth nothing belongs to them. Not the past. Not the present. And most certainly not the future.
"Maybe nothing is really bad, since I am convinced that we will win the future."
Historical inevitability. The conviction that WE WILL WIN THE FUTURE. It makes the difference between victory and defeat. An advancing army is worth far more than a retreating army of twice its size. The difference is in morale. In expectation. A retreating army expects to be beaten. An advancing army expects to win.
Map that analogy onto countries and ideologies. Consider how conservative political parties act in almost every country. As if they expect to be beaten. They expect it because they lost that sense of historical inevitability. The Goldwater campaign challenged Democratic voting blocs with, "In your heart you know he's right". Today most conservative parties 'know' in their hearts that the left is right. They quibble with their tactics and nitpick the implementation, but they have come to agree on the basic ideas.
In the US and the UK, the Republicans and the Tories are willing to agree to every one of the left's cultural agendas, as long as they're allowed to make some cuts in the budget. In Israel, Netanyahu is doing a fantastic job on the economy, while arguing that he should be allowed to carve up Israel on the installment plan, not in one lump sum. Imagine if after the Battle of Saratoga, the American colonies had agreed to go back under King George III's rule, as long as George Washington was made Finance Minister with the authority to review the books. We won't need to worry about the cultural war or restoring some sense of purpose to the nation, once we've trimmed 11 percent off the expendables budget.
This is the species of absurd madness we are dealing with here-- because even when they win elections, conservative parties act like losers, determined to prove that they aren't the bad guys. That they are tolerant, decent and generous. Good losers in short.
Talented, successful conservatives must pass through educational and business institutions that are leftist echo chambers.
This often leads to a lifetime of intellectual insecurity.
We also know that the Left is excellent at using language to frame issues to suit their worldview. Again, dominance in the media and academia let them do this.
The result is "beltway conservatives" or what a friend calls "Peggy Noonan conservatives" - folks who have internalized their sneering liberal professors, and are constantly striving to prove how "cultured" they are - on their enemies' terms, of course. It's a tar-baby exercise.
This is why many "mainstream" conservatives don't get folks like Palin and Bachmann - and why many Tea Partiers call these folks RINOs.
That's why I love Chris Christie - he's unapologetically in the face of the Libturd Dems in NJ - the rational thinkers love him, and the Dems are apoplectic and throwing temper tantrums.
Sen. Marco Rubio just gave an outstanding address on the house floor saying that there really is no compromise "middle ground" between the Conservative and liberal/statist views of the economy and government - hard choices have to be made.
One way to fight the educational/journalistic liberal hegemony is to challenge people when they are spouting leftist pablum - ask them to provide specific concrete examples or historical precedent to support their statements - they usually just get emotional and irrational. If that happens to them enough, some may just realize that deep down in their hearts that they're wrong. If we can get 8% of the liberal electorate to develop critical analysis - we've won.
I think the problem is that in general conservative politicians tend to be individuals who had lives, businesses, and jobs but decided to sacrifice those things because they felt the calling to serve their country. They are not part of a massive organization that works to staff political positions as a part of a master plan to run/take over the country. Democrats tend to be part of a cabal that do work together and it is almost impossible to run for higher office as a democrat without being a card carrying member of that cabal. When they do get elected to office they march in lockstep with a single purpose. If a Democrat politician becomes "independent" they are ostracized and eliminated. They are "the machine". As such they work much more effectively then even a majority of independent Republicans ever will.