Over at Real Clear Politics Arthur Milikh of the The Claremont Institute’s ‘Center for the American Way of Life’ has an essay called “A New Conservatism Must Emerge.”
His thesis is that the Left has conquered all of the institutions of America not because of any inherent strength of its point of view but because the Right is so unaware of what it stands for that it never even knew when things were slipping away.
Actually I reject this thesis. I think we were sold down the river by the supposed conservative leaders of the Republican party who were really only part of the Left in disguise.
Now his solution to fight back against the current situation is to attack the institutions of the Left and to re-affirm the tenets of the “American Way of Life.”
Well, I guess so. But all of that is kind of vague. Mr. Milikh does list the symptoms of the disease that is now killing us but a more straight forward approach to how to save us from the Left is to say we need a leader to gather up the splinters of our resistance and shape it into a weapon with which to club our enemies into submission. Because no amount of defensive action is going to make them stop. Their teeth need to be pulled. Their ability to assault us needs to be neutralized. Someone with brains and guts needs to call a conservative convention to plot out a survival strategy. America has been turned into Orwell’s 1984 and people are acting like it’s just a slight inconvenience. We all know what must be done. But how can it be done and who can do it? It will take a bold leader who finds some strong position and fires the first shot and proves that he can’t be taken down by all the forces of the Left. If someone does that it will cause a chain reaction that will shatter the illusion of the Potemkin Village that the Left has built up like a strong wind blows down a house of cards.
So my short counter proposal is “We Need a Champion.”