As readers of this blog know, now that vast Ponzi scheme of American Conservatism has begun unraveling in public, we can all stop pretending that it ever had anything to do with Burkean principles and fiscal prudence. Never did. Never will. Instead, to make sense of why America's wingnut madhouse is on fire and why they keep sabotaging any attempt to put out the flames, rather that asking the lunatics their opinion about anything, instead (as one reviled Liberal cave-dweller once explained)
...we come to a clear understanding of what actually constitutes "American Conservatism" by asking the obvious, utilitarian question: "What characteristics do virtually all American Conservatives from Rush Limbaugh to David Brooks have in common?"
Because, in the end, it's not who we pretend to be, but what we do that defines us.It turns out, the answer is surprisingly simple. American Conservatism is an ideological and political system which:
- Believes that Liberals are the most dangerous existential threat to America.
- Believes that any Democratic president who attempt to govern as a Democrat is ipso facto illegitimate and therefor should and must be obstructed and destroyed at any cost.
- Depends for ideological and political cohesion on a massive, ongoing and self-reinforcing regime of historical revisionism and "doublethink" (from Wikipedia "The power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them... To tell deliberate lies while genuinely believing in them, to forget any fact that has become inconvenient, and then, when it becomes necessary again, to draw it back from oblivion for just as long as it is needed, to deny the existence of objective reality and all the while to take account of the reality which one denies...")
- Depends for ideological and political cohesion on an ongoing process of ideological purification in which those who disagree with you to any degree are obviously either stupid or secretly in league with the Liberals and therefor no longer to be trusted.This is what American Conservatism amounts to and this is why Donald Trump is gobbling it up.
So, Characteristic #1: American Conservatism is an ideological and political system which believes that Liberals are the most dangerous existential threat to America...
Which brings us to year-old-fuzz-covered-Conservative-cottage-cheese-found-at-the-back-of-the-Republican-fridge, Piyush "Bobby " Jindal, writing in Rupert Murdoch's Wall Street Journal:
I’m Voting Trump, Warts and AllI stand by all my criticisms of the New Yorker, but the stakes for the country are too great to elect Clinton....I think electing Donald Trump would be the second-worst thing we could do this November, better only than electing Hillary Clinton to serve as the third term for the Obama administration’s radical policies. I am not pretending that Mr. Trump has suddenly become a conservative champion or even a reliable Republican: He is completely unpredictable. The problem is that Hillary is predictably liberal.
And Liberals are History's!Greatest!Monsters!
Which is why Piyush "Bobby " Jindal is More Conservative Than Thou.