We won't find out until we grow
The klaxon which blasts out warnings that there is something drastically and malignantly wrong with American Conservatism has been running continuously every god damn day for the past few decades. So loud and so clear that we on the Left have shouted ourselves hoarse asking, "Why the hell is no one but us paying attention to this?"
And yet, with every irrevocable line the Right crosses and every disaster they author, somehow, some way, the American political and media establishment manages to react in the same, predictable way.
Followed by impotent hand-waving and vague suggestion that just maybe, there may be something wrong with...something...and maybe someone really ought to do something.
Then they hit the snooze alarm, roll over, and go right back to dreaming their happy, Both Siderist dreams.
Until the next, inevitable outrage arrives.
And then, shock.
Anyway, in today's The Atlantic,not-exactly-conservative-but-not-really-libertarian-but-definitely-employable Andrew Sullivan protege, Conor Renier Friedersdorf, expressed his shock at how far the standards on the Right have fallen, and seemed to suggests (vaguely) that maybe someone oughta do something:
Breitbart's Anti-Semitic Attack on Bill Kristol
The popular right-wing website labels a neoconservative intellectual a “renegade Jew” for opposing Donald Trump.For many principled conservatives, the rise of Donald Trump has proved to be a rude awakening. Their coalition is much less principled, and much more open to manipulative populism, misogynistic vulgarities, and xenophobic appeals than they imagined. As talk radio host Tony Beam put it on the day Ted Cruz dropped out of the GOP primary, making Trump the presumptive nominee, “I have to face the fact that maybe that is who we are. You've probably seen the numbers. 6 or 7 out of 10 Republicans—I think it's been consistently 6 out of 10 agree that we ought to ban all Muslims from coming to the United States. And so maybe this whole thing is a collective voice saying to me, you think this is not who we are? Yeah, it is. Wake up, dude.”Unfortunately, the rude awakenings keep coming.For years, Breitbart.com, the web magazine of the populist right founded by the late Andrew Breitbart, has published laughably shoddy journalism, like the smearing of Juan Carlos Vera and the claim that a drunken President Lyndon Johnson boarded a plane and then accidentally dropped nuclear weapons on the United States.Many conservatives have nevertheless regarded the site as part of their movement.This primary season, the site has been aggressively pro-Trump. And here’s what Breitbart.com’s front page looked like late Sunday evening and early Monday morning...That isn’t an anti-Semitic dog whistle—it’s a human whistle. You’d have to be deaf to miss it. And no, it doesn’t matter that the author of the article is himself Jewish...
Who knew that a not-exactly-conservative-but-not-really-libertarian opinion writer cold have such an aggressively absurd sense of humor?