Not everyone can be saved. Not everyone wants to be saved. Not everyone should be saved because some people are part of the problem.
I was talking to an old friend and he was very excited about all the problems that the Democrats are having right now and the prospects for Republican success in the midterms and beyond. And it was fun. But I had to remind him that we’ve seen this play before. Unless there is someone with a plan that includes capitalizing on these opportunities in the form of meaningful change to the status quo then it will be just part of familiar Democrat/Republican Two Step. They take a giant step forward; we take a tiny step sideways, then repeat ad infinitum. I’m pretty sure he didn’t hear a word I said. Now this way of thinking isn’t the primary problem but it sure as hell isn’t a solution.
Somebody who definitely is part of the problem is Mitt Romney, the quintessential RINO. Imagine anyone who could be Governor of Massachusetts and US Senator for Utah. Think of how supple a spine you would have to possess to bend into the pretzel needed to accommodate those two elected offices. He is an example of who can’t be saved. In fact, I claim that ejecting him from the Republican party should be one of, if not the highest priority of the Right. The man is a poison in the body politic. And if the people of Utah can’t see that then they’re doomed to become just another Colorado. People like Romney, Cheney and Murkowski need to be targeted for primary challenges and never permitted back in the party. Let them become Democrats and peddle their brand of poison to their rightful customers. In this endeavor it’s instructive to see just how sound Donald Trump’s instincts are when he goes after the back stabbers and advocates for their replacement. Even if the replacement politician is almost as bad, hell, even if he’s worse, the important effect is teaching the snakes that they won’t benefit from their treachery. It’s a simple feedback loop.
And in a similar but less extreme case are the “allies” we’ve picked up. People Matt Taibbi and Glenn Greenwald are honest men. They are liberals. They believe in left wing causes. They want the same ends that our enemies want. The only difference is that they are also committed to the constitutional freedoms that all Americans used to subscribe to. In other words, they don’t believe that the ends justify the means. At least now that they’ve seen how it translates into their profession. I applaud their honesty and scruples. But I am not so foolish to let them become my voice in the media world. I think of them as an honest foe. Honorable and to be respected but not an ally. I can see situations where some kind of support for them could produce positive results for our side. But my formulation is, “The enemy of my enemy is my enemy’s enemy and no more than that.”
In the end, the only way we will make progress will be to make common cause with those who agree with us on a relatively broad set of principles and social norms. It won’t require us to become Puritans. But we will have to eject all sorts of extremists and nonconformists. Luckily, we won’t have to burn anyone at the stake. We can just banish them to Blue State America. In fact, with something like thirty states to choose from I could see even the Red States presenting more than one vision of what a conservative republic should look like. After all, Alabama isn’t Alaska and Utah isn’t West Virginia. I won’t use the awful expression a big tent. Let’s say there are a bunch of small tents that make up our federation.
So, I’ve made my peace with living under a smaller tent. I’m a live and let live kind of guy as long as I don’t have to live by rules that I find abhorrent. I’d rather see small communities living by rules that everyone there believes in. How that ends up happening is dependent on how the macropolitical situation evolves. Under the present system the only way we can do this is under a chartered community that regulates many communal functions like law enforcement, education, drug policy, even social activities. But if the states obtain greater autonomy these things can be enshrined in the state constitutions and reinforced by the powers of the state.
So, you can’t say everyone. Not everyone can live together. To contradict Rodney King, “No, we can’t all just get along.”
But we can agree to disagree. And that’s what we should do. After the revolution we’ll pack Crazy Aunt Alice off to San Francisco and when the deadbeats stop receiving welfare checks they’ll be happy to take a bus trip to live in New York City (assuming there still is a New York after the cannibal reset). And we’ll all be better off for it.