Mark Steyn filled-in for Rush Limbaugh yesterday as Rush continues his cancer treatments. Steyn is always amusing and Monday he was insightful, meaning that he said something I’ve already thought for a long time.
The Left is always focused on its agenda, Mark said. No matter what the situation — good times, bad times, cataclysmic times or great victories — the Left always pushes for its goals.
Now, we’ve heard this rant for decades. Conservatives crying about progressive relentlessness is what made Rahm Emanuel a household name before he became mayor of Chicago. How many times was his quote about never letting a crisis go to waste bewailed on talk radio, conservative TV and right-wing web-sites?
But rather than merely repeating that old impotent whine, Steyn correctly asked “Where’s the conservative wish list?” In other words, why is it that when a crisis occurs our side has no plan of action to push our agenda?
Or, as I’ve been saying for years, “When did NOT seizing opportunities become a virtue?”
Yes, the new coronavirus stimulus bill put forward by the Democrats is the same old liberal wish-list, as Mitch McConnell called it; but that’s because they know where they’re going and are determined to get there. Where are nationalist and traditionalist conservatives going?
If someone in the steering room knows where he wants the ship to go and the other guy in the room is happy just drifting, in what port do you think the ship will dock?
Conservatism no longer means “leave us alone.” The time for that kind of libertarian nonsense is long past, thanks in part to its essential impotence, which allowed the Left to take power. (Power for libertarians is analogous to guns for progressives.) Day in and day out, conservatives of all stripes must push our legislators to enact our goals, especially when a crisis creates an opportunity to get things we wouldn’t normally be able to achieve.
Zero immigration. An end to all affirmative action. Terminating PBS and selling its assets. Taxing the globalist rich. Bringing back prayer in public schools. Abolishing the Departments of Education, Labor and Energy. Making colleges co-sign all student loans. Raising the voting age to 26. Withdrawing from Afghanistan. We’ve all got our lists.
Let’s insist via direct action that our imperatives, not those of the donors, be prioritized every day by the officials our votes elect. You’re either on offense or on defense, and if you’re on defense you’re losing.
Haven’t you had enough of that? Then stop arguing, debating and caviling. Get out the eggs and baseball bats instead.
Your grandparents did.