Sorry, Milo– Social Conservatism is Not Dead (Here’s Why)
“Social conservatism is dead.” — Milo Yiannopoulos
The outspoken, controversial college carouser Milo is a breath of fresh air for the conservative movement. I do not care for the vulgar language which comes out of his erudite mouth. The shock value has its place, for a little while at least.
When he stresses the necessity for facts, logic, and evidence, the Breitbart makes the point in so pointed a fashion that none of us can look away, but rather applaud and welcome the refreshing exchange of ideas. His work at colleges is especially important, since he provokes politically correct college administrations and punks the anti-social injustice warriors with playful abandon.
Yet his remarks above about social conservatism are disconcerting, and I submit wrong.
The political fights we face now are not about left or right, or Democrat and Republican.
They are about right and wrong, truth and error.
It’s wrong for the government to upend or limits our rights. It’s wrong to allow narcissism to run wild, and call it liberty, without a long-term regard for the well-being of our citizens and the welfare of our country. Not only that, but what exactly is Milo talking about when he claims that “social conservatism” is dead?
That abortion is still not a moral cause worth fighting for?
That conservatives should give up fighting for natural marriage?
This distinct strain of libertarianism is not very libertarian. Liberty is not an end itself, but presents options for individuals to make choices.
Furthermore, liberty is meaningless apart from truth. No one can claim that they are truly free if they are operating in error and deception.
So, why is there a marked hostility from fiscal conservatives about standing up for life and natural marriage, the so-called wedge issue which used to help Republican candidates across the country and now seem to be hurting their chances in more liberal bastions?
First, it’s really a rejection of our proper origins. Our defense of life and family is all about a true recognition of our Creator.
While many younger conservatives are stumping for less government and fiscal discipline, they adamantly demand to live their lives their way, without recourse of anything greater than themselves.
There’s just one problem: our liberties do not come from nowhere.
Revisit the Declaration of Independence:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, and that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights …”
It was a revolutionary statement then, and it remains so to this day! To bad that so many young peopel do not learn the precious truths in our founding documents.
The drive to get rid of recognition of unborn life and embrace of natural marriage for personal convenience is misguided and antithetical to liberty.
Hope in God, a civic religious which respects the Divine, must animate our values. We did not make ourselves, after all. The blessings of liberty are exactly that–blessings.
A proper, accurate worldview rests on God. Otherwise, our society falls apart.
Moral relativity results in societal destruction. Don’t take my word for it, read any history book. Judeo-Christian beliefs make up our code of ethics. These beliefs preserve law and order.
The long-term consequences of abandon respect for life and protection for the natural family will invite intense destruction to our culture. True liberty is not an absent of constraints but rather constraints on the government, freedom from external pressures and force.
But still, the movement to protect life and family requires better efforts.
For too long, pro-life forces have relied on tradition or religious adherents alone. It’s about truth not tradition. It’s about time we laid out not just what the consequences are for disordered behaviors, but attack the lie on which these behaviors are based on
And checkout these remarks from Carlos D. Flores:
Fiscal conservatism cannot exist without social conservatism. Strong families form the foundation of healthy societies and strong economies.
Exactly. The freedoms which the younger generations cherish would not exist without healthy societies and strong economies. Of course, strong economies flourish with minimal interventions. Healthy societies depend on cultural norms and mores. The government cannot teach these values, but should prevent the perversion of these values waged by special interests through tyranny, intimidation, and force.
Since when did anyone of us care about politically advantageous? After all, President Trump broke every rule in the consultant playbook, like “telling the truth” and “trashing the media” as opposed to hedging one’s views and sucking up to the press, which has not worked for the last 16 years for those who want to keep the county faithful to its foundational principles.
Without respect for life or family, the economic prosperity and fiscal conservatism desired by the socially liberal set falls apart:
In other words, the transactions that make up an economic system presuppose the existence of virtuous persons who are disposed to engage in them well. Marriage is not irrelevant to this project—on the contrary, it is the means by which human beings are raised into virtuous persons who have the rational, social, and ethical virtues that allow them to engage in such transactions.
Sweet customs are necessary for our societies to flourish. We learn and integrate these values through families, where fathers and mothers model wise values to their children.
“Fiscally conservative only” types would either be dead or ineffective if not for the fundamental respect for life and family.
Instead of standing off in shame, social conservatives need to come out of the closet. We have nothing to be ashamed of. Tackle the lies about social libertarianism … with facts, evidence, logic, and truth. And no … social conservatism is not dead. In fact, it is coming alive and renewed. The March for Life was a YUGE success, with 600,000 attending!
Sorry, Milo, social conservatism is not dead. We simply needed to find better footing and fight back.
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