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Conservatives &Culture wars Richard Falknor on 20 Nov 2008 01:33 pm

Win the Culture Wars or Face Defeat Across the Board

Last Friday we wrote here about some Maryland conservatives coming to terms with the importance of the culture wars —

“Conservatives gathering in Maryland yesterday, however, were vividly aware of the failure of Maryland (and national) Republicans to fight on the cultural and moral fronts.  There were on-the-ground reports from county activists about challenging the education cartel and about protecting children from the latest manifestations of political correctness,in addition to reaffirming the more traditional center-right concerns.”

Today dean of American conservatives Paul Weyrich warned that – –

“There is one very troublesome aspect of a conservative comeback in 2010: In both 1964 and 1974 the culture was strong enough that the effort to run candidates against incumbents was very straightforward.

Now, however, our kids are brainwashed by the public school system.
They are taught climate change catastrophe from kindergarten on. The truth appears to be that we are in a period of global cooling, but public school children are not taught as much. They worry about the supposedly disappearing polar bears. They worry about population control and are told that people are likely to starve to death if the world’s population does not decline. The list goes on.Thank God about two thirds of the kids are not really paying attention. Unless we end the leftist monopoly of education we will have a problem which we may be utterly incapable of solving.

Will Republicans come back significantly in 2010? It is difficult to say.
Unless Republicans become convincing conservatives who do something about public schools, energy, the economy and government reform they probably will have meager gains. There is the possibility that leftists in Congress will overreach the limits of their power, in which case American Conservative Union Chairman David Keene said conservatives will be there to take advantage of the situation. When a team has to depend upon its opponents to fumble in order to score, that team probably will lose.(Underscoring Forum‘s.)

Read the entire Weyrich piece here.

And Victor Davis Hanson explains the stakes here:

“But should collectively we come to see the history of America as largely the story of racial,gender and class oppressions, far worse than what was found elsewhere at the time, or simply have no idea at all about our own past or the ordeal of our ancestors, then history suggests that there would be no reason for the experiment to continue, at least as we have known the United States. And of course then it would not. The hard work of uniting diverse peoples under uniquely humane principles is the work of over two centuries; the easy task of ending it can by accomplished in a mere generation through our ignorance or hatred of ourselves and own past.” (Underscoring Forum‘s.)


Virginia and Maryland have vigorous values-oriented grass roots. Homeschooling is a fine addition to their armory, and defending marriage a continuing watch.  But a mortal threat is the Left’s stranglehold on what is taught and what fails to be taught in taxpayer-supported schools.  Values groups should make addressing that gross imbalance a priority.

 


															
				
				
				

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