Ross Douhat says a lot of intelligent things in this column. This is why Republicans fight to destroy the middle class with mass immigration, or supposedly anti-war Democrats all get behind idiotic wars such as Kosovo or Syria.
Anyway, I know I seem extreme to folks in DC, including some of my “Republican” colleagues there. On the other hand, I seem to know how to talk politics at the barber shop or sports bar among normal people who are struggling paycheck to paycheck for the most part and gives two s***ts about the capital gains tax cut or “American Greatness conservatism” or whatever snakeoil the John McCains and Lindsay Grahams are selling.
I also have enough horse sense to recognize the country is changing rapidly, and that the issues of yesteryear that forged the Reagan Democrat coalition, related broadly to protection of the family, are pretty much a dead letter, as the working class whites’ commitment to the family has been damn near destroyed. This issue includes gay marriage, welfare, liberalized divorce laws, and much else. The left runs the schools, the media, and the other organs of culture, and they succeeded in brainwashing an entire generation, at least on this issue, which appeals naturality to the vanity, beauty, and short time horizons of young people.
That said, we lose some battles and find cracks in the wall in unexpected places. Feminism has been thoroughly rejected by the latest generation of young men, in part due to the very success of that war on the family. So this pox on the entire nation is now mostly championed by baby boomers and gen xers, even as young men reject marriage in droves and generally fine careerist vanity by middle management drones of both sexes as “old school, white knight ‘Cathedral'” thinking.
Similarly, one begins to think perhaps the anti-white aspects of the left are starting to grow a little stale and out of touch with the lived reality of urban chaos. Middle and upper class people like an interesting neighborhood, with cafes, ethnic restaurants, art galleries, cafes, and doggie bakeries and all the rest. But no one likes the thuggish underclass or finds much endearing in them, particularly as they try to destroy what gentrifying pioneers are building. We saw in the Zimmerman case a rejection by large swaths of mostly white Americans of all ages and classes the idiotic narrative foisted by the media. People know who commits crime, or at least don’t deny it out of hand, and the support for self defense is at an all time high.
Finally, the last and key battle politically remains the “peoplehood” of the country, that is, whether we remain a European nation or not, and whether we reject a deliberate and thoroughly treasonous attempt to erase that aspect of national identity. Here too the elites find a lot of resistance, and we see a broad unity on the national question, particularly as the lived reality with Third World neighbors turns out to involve numerous inconveniences and unexpected burdens.
So, I do believe Douhat is on to something in his piece, and it’s nice that it’s written in the kind of venue where the high leadership of the Republican Party may actually learn something useful.
That said, we’re probably still doomed!