Thanks to alert reader "pr" for bringing to my attention this valuable example to the pernicious indestructibility of the Big Lie of Both Siderism. As long as Both Siderism remains a safe harbor from which America's most insufferable professional Conservative twats can ply their filthy trade with impunity, we will never be rid of them.
From Andrew Sullivan in NY Magazine, live-blogging the night of Trump's "Ein Volk. Ein Reich. Ein Con Man" speech has many true things to say.
And then, inevitably...
8:18 p.m. We have to answer this core question: how is it that liberal democracy in America is now flirting with strongman, ethno-nationalist authoritarianism? What happened to the democratic center?It seems to me that the right bears the hefty majority of responsibility, moving from principled opposition to outright nullification of a presidency, trashing every important neutral institution, and now bad-mouthing the country they hope to “govern.” But the left’s abandonment of empiricism and liberalism – its rapid descent into neo-Marxist dogma, its portrayal of American history as a long unending story of white supremacy, its coarse impugning of political compromise and incrementalism, its facile equation of disagreement with bigotry – has also played a part. Liberal democracy needs liberal norms and manners to survive. Which is why it is now on life-support.In between, moderate Christianity, once a unifying cultural fabric creating a fragile civil discourse, has evaporated into disparate spirituality on one side and fundamentalist dogma on the other, leaving us with little in the center to hold us morally together. I look out at this wasteland and see, in part, what Ross Douthat sees:
The Trumpian right and the SJW left are our first real intimations of what a genuinely post-Christian politics might look like.— Ross Douthat (@DouthatNYT) July 21, 2016
Honestly I cannot remember the last time I saw a real Liberal and a real Conservative square off for 15 rounds.
Probably because, unless the fight were rigged and the refs were bribed, such a contest wouldn't last thee minutes,
Pineapple Ice Cream Conservatives* like Sullivan and Douthat have already had their opium den fantasies of True Conservatism ruined by their own Person from Porlock in the guise of unhappy reality, and they have already been dragged kicking and screaming into accepting the basic Liberal critique of Conservatism (without, of course, ever daring to use the dreaded "L" word) as we have preached and practiced for decades,
Sadly, it is the nature of Pineapple Ice Cream Conservatives that they are simply too deeply bent to accept those facts at their obvious face value which is why, in order to salvage their self-image and maintain their economic viability, they need to keep inventing reasons why they should not be making a living selling oranges on highway on-ramps. And the easiest, laziest way to do that it to keep slandering people like us by constantly yoking us to the rolling Conservative fiasco which they helped to create and blaming the horror of it all on the Extremes on Both Side.
*If Mr. Sullivan suddenly developed a taste for pineapple ice cream, within a week he would be penning columns about how "Liking Pineapple Ice Cream" is a cardinal Conservative value because of something something Edmund Burke. If he got sick on bad Thai food, we would suddenly see a spate of columns discussing bad Thai food and how it is something that only extreme Christianists or Left Liberal would ever put in their mouths.