The conservative counterrevolution to the anarchy of the 1960s is basically dead. All that is left is opposition to abortion. Gay marriage, gays in the military, forced integration, women in the military, the march of feminism, the defamation of our founders, the rewriting of our history, mass divorce, multicultural propaganda, women in Hijabs, men in turbans, the flood of illiterate and disloyal foreigners, and all the rest are now basically off the table. “Conservatives” have made peace with these things; in other words, they have been browbeaten and corrupted into shutting their traps.
Today, the military ends Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, a sensible compromise that balanced the need for military discipline against the somewhat wasteful expense of rooting out discrete, private homosexual behavior. “Coming out” parties are happening nationwide. Commanders are going to have to discipline hardcore Marines and soldiers from calling each other “faggots,” which mockery reinforces the toughness and conformity on which these institutions depend. No one will be able to say what they think. Those most inclined to the military–Southerners, frat boys, rednecks, tough street kids from LA and NY–will be the ones on the defensive. Those too old fashioned or pig-headed to get with the program will be drummed out, just as they were after the overreaction to the Tailhook Scandal.
I’ve written before what this all means: the military will be forced further into the same kind of straightjacket of conformity, political commissars, and reeducation as the all-too-leftist world of corporate America. This is bad enough. What is worse are the shrugs, apologies, and general passivity of the so-called conservative leaders in politics and journalism. They have failed on this and all the ohter issues above. And they failed without really trying. They failed becasue they lacked will and brains and perception to make the perrenial conservative case: that we are not slaves to change, that we are not mere economic units, that we are human beings whose highest purpose is to live ethically and spirtually, that we are a people with a known way of life worth defending, that these controversies were sensibly settled long before our arrival on the scene, that we depend upon habits of self-control hard to revive once lost, that our individual and collective shortcomings are not a reason for despair and moral retreat, and that messing with these contours of traditional life will lead to unknown and dangerous consequences.