[Are not] conservatives the ones who claim to ensure stability, continuity, tradition, respect for the past? Or, have they long since dropped all pretense to any of the time-honored definitions of ‘conservatism‘?
To all those ‘conservatives‘ who are up on their high horses condemning not only John Derbyshire, but anyone who remotely agrees with him, or defends his right to speak truth: defend yourselves and your ‘conservatism‘… or else, drop the label and call yourselves something more appropriate.
How does it come to be that the ‘conservative‘ of today takes an entirely opposite view on certain vital matters to those held by his parents, grandparents and the generations before them?
I think many of these ‘conservatives‘, the ones calling Internet commentators ‘the scum of the earth‘ are superannuated ‘adultlescents‘. For them, history did not begin until the first Bush administration, circa 1988, hence they don’t remember what happened when the sainted ‘Father of our Country‘, MLK, was nominated to have a national holiday in his honor.
The fact is, many Republicans resisted that idea, and did so vociferously. If you are old enough, and have read something besides politically corrected ‘history’, you will know that to be true, though the story is being sent down the p.c. memory hole. Ronald Reagan himself, at first, objected, as did some Republicans in Congress. The latter-day fawning over MLK, the excessive adulation devoted to ‘black conservatives‘, this is all relatively recent history. The wholesale adoption of the liberal views on such things is a very recent phenomenon. And now we have Glenn Beck honoring the ‘black Founding Fathers.’ What!?
[Read something about the real Founding Fathers: 56 Men of Conviction]
The Civil Rights era did constitute a social revolution. The conservatives of earlier generations, imperfect though they were, realized that. They remembered a time when the dominant attitudes on racial issues were ones that have since become all but outlawed, made [into] thought-crimes.
Once, conservatives did not try to distance themselves from ‘old America‘ on racial matters, and did not feel compelled to look down on their parents and grandparents’ ideas and beliefs and life choices. Nowadays, those who call themselves ‘conservatives‘ are embracing ideas that, even within my lifetime were once considered ‘radical’ and have proven to be revolutionary ideas. And espousing these once-fringe ideas is ”conservative” in what sense?
Nobody with any knowledge of history can deny that our society was turned upside down, starting during the mid-50s and continuing in earnest to this day. How is it that today’s conservatives would not be recognized as such by their parents or grandparents?
Unless your elders were all closet Communists, they did not hold politically correct (p.c.) ideas about race. Their views were likely to have been more similar, whether they came from the North or the South, to the so-called ”far right” than to those of the weak-as-water, PC Republicans of today. The Republicans have veered sharply to the left, as has what we laughingly call ‘conservatism.’
How is it that a conservative can reject the ways and the thoughts of previous generations, while embracing the radical innovations (Anti-White policies like A.A., educational follies like ‘No Child Left Behind’, gay marriage, women in the military, pro-abortion, etc.) of the counterculture?