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.
I think he's right, at least in part. Rush's tendency is to imagine that voters apply hard logic. It puzzles him when they do not. However, in retail politics, cultural signals and tribal signals matter. Policy wonks like me think it's superficial, but you can't get a policy until you win an election. There are plenty of low-info voters out there who vote on emotion, affinity-feelings, and things like that.
Mitt Romney was an excellent candidate on paper, but too many voters just couldn't "relate" to the guy. Actually, he did quite well, all things considered. A quote from Ace's post:
This was Breitbart's main idea, that politics was simply the expression of choices and preferences that had already been decided by the culture.
The "culture" doesn't care what gays do, and doesn't want to know or to think about it. The "culture" likes pop music. The "culture" is squeamish and ambivalent about abortion, and prefers to sort-of accept it and ignore it. These things are signals, not real policy issues. Let's face it: Conservatism and Libertarianism is a bit dorky. Mitt Romney probably never heard of Beyonce, and all I know of her is the name. Would not know her from Adam. I am more of a JS Bach guy. An East Village dork, but you wouldn't know it if you met me in the pub.
so, you call yourself a policy "wonk". I know this is off topic but can you tell me the etymology of the word "wonk"? It's a noun, a verb, an adjective. I'd guess it originated in Washington DC at some point. TIA.
Except that there is no real truth in "pop culture"--there is not even the possibility of it. There is no real truth in the cynical manipulations of the Left as it is the cynical work of professional propagandist of Marxism.
The values Bach or Burke represent, or even the very point of their contribution to the "conversation of civilization" is wholly other than the Byonce or Alinsky.
On one hand one has true civilization and culture, and on the other hand a parody of these things.
The questions are: can the youth of today be brought back from the abyss; if not, is it possible to raise the cane when it is in the field.
One cannot "fight in the culture" of popular culture as it quite literally is owned by the Left, and the the "values" it puts forward--indeed the very nature of it venue and dialog--are antithetical to the questions and dialog that must happen in order to get the point across. It is not a "culture" at all in the real sense of the word. It is a demimonde parasitic on the broad culture of the West. In the end, it must be rejected if we are to survive.
That being said, the left did not "hijack" the culture. They destroyed it, or are very close to doing so. They did this with the upmost cynicism and power lust.
It is really just an American form of the political fronts of the communist or fascists parties of the 20th century.
This is the great puzzle: How was such a great, profound and rich culture bought so low by superficial mediocrities?
I employ a great many young people, many of them technologists. My feeling is that many of them are lost. A few will see the light after personal tragedy, and even fewer of these will be able to rise above. Most have been so ill-educated and deracinated that they will never in any meaningful sense be citizens. These people are in for the rudest of shocks as they hit middle age. These shocks will be material, emotional and spiritual. They will have no out.
That the con job of Global Warming is a case in point. They have really been cheated out of basic critical thinking let alone an understanding of what science is as a methodology and disciple.
But worse is the cultural relativity. They actually think that the difference between a Bach or a Byonce, or the West and China are merely a matter of opinions.
It is and extremely dubious proposition that these people can be reached "through the culture". In a very real sense, they do not have one. This is the indented fruit of progressive education: a parody of culture that is little more than a hatchery for useful idiots.
It's not a question of "reaching them" through the culture. It is a question of "controlling them" through the culture.
"Truth's" got nuttin' to do with it. This is about power. You don't want it used on you, you better get some. Pronto. By whatever means necessary. You don't think the puppetmasters of the left don't know the difference between Bach and Byonce, think again. I assure you they do. They do indeed know the truth. But they are about power, not truth. Which is why those that are about "truth" lose in the Lubyanka basement rooms with padded walls for soundproofing, a sloping concrete floor with a drain and hose.
You are correct, it is all about power over others. The last four years have been nothing but the extention of power by the left over the people of the US. It is a mystery to me why the majority not only accept this, but vote to have the yoke put upon them. Has human nature decayed to the point where we value freebies over freedom?