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The GOP-E is notoriously skittish about the Culture War that’s been raging in America. The GOP-E preference, we’ve been told, based on fairly indisputable evidence, is to manage the devolution of America into a Social Democrat utopia—managers of the Revolution. And they’ve been paid well to take on that role, so it’s small wonder that so much of the GOP-E were frankly appalled at winning. It wasn’t just Trump—it was all the deplorables coming out, getting involved, voting. The whole thing. That’s the story behind what investigations of Election 2020 are documenting—the coup against Trump was enabled in no small part not only by DC Establishment GOPers but by the state party apparatus as well.
The Culture War has been ongoing since the 60s, periodically flaring up and then appearing to die down. Election 2016 saw the turnout of conservative forces in never before seen numbers, and far from taming the rough beast as hoped, Election 2020 has further enraged it. The Zhou regime thought they had the opening for a beat down on the subject population, and launched a full frontal anti-cultural assault on America, in the hope of decisively cowing the nation. The Covid regime showed great promise, at first, toward achieving that goal, but eventually was turned back. It’s still a danger, but the populace is clearly in no mood for a new imposition of lockdowns and mandates. Every other regime based initiative has only led to further anger, despite the attempts at news blackouts in the MSM. And now even endless war with Russia—shades of 1984—looks to be a failure in terms of mobilizing support for the regime.
The popularity of governors like Ron DeSantis is another tell that embracing the Culture War can be a winner, now that the Left has largely ripped off its mask, er, masks. Polling confirms this, as does the win of Glenn Youngkin and other top candidates in VA, a state the Left thought it had decisively flipped. Recent events across the nation, focusing on schools, spell big trouble for the Left in suburbia. Inflation, crime, illegal immigration, and schools are the big issues for suburban moms who had been trending hard Left—after four years of indoctrination at college.
Developments documented in today’s news?
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic ushered in what may be the most rapid rise in homeschooling the U.S. has ever seen. Two years later, even after schools reopened and vaccines became widely available, many parents have chosen to continue directing their children’s educations themselves.
Homeschooling numbers this year dipped from last year’s all-time high, but are still significantly above pre-pandemic levels, according to data obtained and analyzed by The Associated Press.
Families that may have turned to homeschooling as an alternative to hastily assembled remote learning plans have stuck with it — reasons include health concerns, disagreement with school policies and a desire to keep what has worked for their children.
This is not an easy decision for parents to make. It testifies to significant commitment to values that are at odds with those propagandized by government schools. That’s exactly the mindset that scares the Left the most and, as you can tell from the dateline, this is coming from what Dems thought was their “base”: Blacks, Hispanics, women.
For an overview of this theme, a selection of links as they turned up from a very simple search, check out these results which focused on suburban moms: inflation schools two big issues for suburban moms. One search. More creative searches will get similarly disturbing results—for the Left. These issues aren’t going away. Inflation is, of course, the 800 lb. gorilla, but there appears to be an uprising brewing.
Another tell on the culture front, almost counter-intuitive, is Elon Musk’s bid to buy Twitter. Count on it, all of his controversial statements—to the Left and its goal of social control—over the past few months were a buildup to this point. He wouldn’t be going into this to simply give the populace more government monitored speech. That’s no way to grow a social media company. Giving people what they want—free speech—is the ticket. He’s obviously been monitoring the mood of the country and has come to some conclusions—conclusions that scare the Left. As confirmation, all you have to do is look at who’s getting banned. It ain’t the Left. We know it, and Musk knows it.
Just as Trump’s win caused our rulers to reveal much of their inner thinking, Musk’s Twitter initiative has, if anything, led to an even more basic reveal of the Left’s motivations—it’s all about a Will To Power. Jonathan Turley writes about it:
Robert Reich Goes Full Orwellian: More Freedom Is Tyranny
We recently discussed the gathering of Democratic politicians and media figures at the University of Chicago to discuss how to better shape news, combat “disinformation,” and reeducate those with conservative views.
The political and media elite shared ideas on how to expand censorship and control what people read or viewed in the news. The same figures are now alarmed that Elon Musk could gain greater influence over Twitter and, perish the thought, restore free speech protections to the site. The latest is former labor secretary under President Clinton, Robert Reich, who wrote a perfectly Orwellian column in the Guardian titled “Elon Musk’s vision for the internet is dangerous nonsense.”
That makes him an existential threat for those who have long used “disinformation” as an excuse to silence dissenting views in the media and on social media.
Reich lays that agenda bare in his column.
Reich explains that it is not about freedom but tyranny. More free speech means less freedom.
It is the type of argument commonly used in China and other authoritarian nations–and an increasing number of American academics and writers. Indeed, his column is reminiscent of the professors who have called for the adoption of the Chinese model for censoring views on the Internet.
In an article published in The Atlantic by Harvard law professor Jack Goldsmith and University of Arizona law professor Andrew Keane Woods called for Chinese-style censorship of the internet, stating that “in the great debate of the past two decades about freedom versus control of the network, China was largely right and the United States was largely wrong.”
Longtime readers will recall that, back in the early days of the Russia Hoax, I made a big deal about an article by Jack Goldsmith—who is at the very top in government and intelligence legal circles—in which Goldsmith frankly acknowledged that the Deep State does exist, and it’s a good thing.
Turley has much more to say and it’s all worthwhile. Here’s his conclusion:
Reich then delivers his terrifying warning:
“That’s Musk’s dream. And Trump’s. And Putin’s. And the dream of every dictator, strongman, demagogue and modern-day robber baron on Earth. For the rest of us, it would be a brave new nightmare.”
That nightmare, of course, is free speech. It is a nightmare that people like Reich and those at the “Disinformation conference” will lose control over media and social media.
But, again, this is really about the Culture War—not really so much about an abstract concept like “Freedom.” It’s the content of what’s being expressed so freely by deplorables that’s upsetting the Left. It’s the adherence to traditional notions of human nature that has them losing their minds—in public. For the record.
Here are some examples, that also point toward what people are increasingly noticing around them. Both items illustrate the human carnage that the Left is causing. People are waking up to this, and that’s what the school crisis is about:
First Dennis Prager:
Leftism would appear to demonstrate that ideology can trump human nature. One result is a generation of more depressed young women and more regretful middle-aged women than ever before.
Next a clever piece by Don Surber:
The problem with being woke is you can never sleep. Liberal principles are fluid. They went from opposing gay marriage to supporting it to demanding kindergarten teachers talk about their gay marriages to their pupils.
This is crazy, and if anyone objects, the mob comes after them.
Ross Douthat of the New York Times carefully pointed this out in a column, "How to Make Sense of the New LGBTQ Culture War."
Zounds. That is quite an admission that LGBT may worsen your mental health.
I am surprised it got past the censors.
He is saying we are tossing away: boy meets girl, boy likes girl, boy and girl marry -- which has guided our civilization for 100,000 years.
Douthat took up Florida's Parental Rights in Education law. Liberals call it Don't Say Gay. They think a rise in LGBT identification is great, but don't you dare call them groomers..
He wrote, "The effects of this debate-ending impulse on liberal discourse is the third complexity lurking behind my initial categorization. Within liberaldom right now you literally cannot know, outside of private conversation, whether someone is fully in the first camp, more inclined to the second camp or even drawn toward the third. There is a gap between what people are willing say in public and what they really think that’s unprecedented on any controversial issue I have seen.
Liberals do not fear conservatives. Liberals fear liberals. 7 years ago, Edward Schlosser wrote, "I'm a liberal professor, and my liberal students terrify me."
It’s all about the culture. They want the kids. Parents are finally waking up.