AMAC Exclusive – By Daniel Roman
For the first time in decades, it is conservatives, not liberals, who are on the offensive in the culture wars. There are a number of things conservatives have done well this time around, including picking their battles, building broad coalitions, and trying to unite rather than divide parents. But a key force in the Right’s cultural resurgence is ultimately the Left itself, which has shockingly forfeited the debate. For most of the last year, there has been little to no effort to actually defend the merits of left-wing positions. These days, leftists seem only capable of hurling invective at those attacking them. The American people are not responding well.
It really is not worth dignifying the arguments over whether Lia Thomas should or should not be allowed to compete as a woman by calling it a “debate”— as even those on the Left seem to know better than to deviate too far from absolutist talking points, lest the absurdity of their position becomes evident to all. There is little better evidence that even many liberals don’t have their hearts in the fight; they are kept in line by the threat of cancellation, but reveal their private reservations by how they publicly repeat rote lines like “no one actually knows what gender really is.”
All of this is a consequence of the Left creating an echo chamber where their positions are justified not on the basis that they are well-reasoned or produce good outcomes, but because they are simply asserted by everyone on the Left as the “right thing to do.” Because they are “right,” by definition, they should be done, and further debate about drawbacks is not genuine debate but a bad-faith effort to delay the right thing to do. At the root of this twisted logic is an insidious form of identity politics which states that if any “marginalized” group makes a demand, that demand must be treated as legitimate. This is true even if other members of the group contest it.
For example, even the most extreme demands made by groups such as Black Lives Matter are held to be the legitimate demands of the entire African American community. Those opposing the demands are either racists (if not African American) or not legitimate representatives of the community (if they are African American). The Left has long practiced this with Jews, labeling prominent senior Trump administration officials as “Nazis” even if they were Jewish. They are now turning this thinking against other groups, such that any woman who is pro-life is no longer considered to be on the side of women. Any gay or lesbian individual who is not supportive of the most extreme demands for sex and gender education in schools is self-hating. A transgender individual who does not believe it is fair for biological men to take part in women’s sports, such as Caitlyn Jenner, or one who has serious doubts about childhood transition, is now labeled a transphobe.
Solidarity with any identity group is defined as solidarity with the most extreme left-wing elements of that group.
Politically, this line of thinking has led the Left into a dead-end of policies supported only by the most extremist elements of the communities in question. Hence why Democrats associated the defense of Critical Race Theory with supporting African Americans, when the vast majority of African American parents want their schools teaching math and science, not radical social theories, or why Democrats believe that placating open-border advocates is the key to winning over Hispanic voters.
Perhaps even worse than causing Democrats to push unpopular policies, this line of thinking has prevented them from realizing why they even need to persuade anyone at all—which is having all sorts of insidious effects on American society.
Conservatives are now winning because they have spotted this vulnerability and seized it. The battles over CRT and reopening schools were a practice-run. Both provided compelling issues for conservatives and had broad appeal to the American public. Significantly, however, the opposition never figured out what their position was. On CRT, was it bad, but not being taught? Was it good, not being taught, but should be taught? Did it exist at all? Should it? Many on the Left tried to hurl these questions back at conservatives, suggesting they lacked a clear definition of CRT, but conservatives could at the very least point to things that were being taught that they wished to stop. The Left, unable to decide whether CRT existed or not, never mounted a coherent defense.
This dynamic extended to the Supreme Court’s oral arguments over Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban. Lawyers for the plaintiffs repeatedly insisted the law violated the precedents set by Roe v. Wade and Casey v. Planned Parenthood but refused to be drawn into discussions about whether those cases were correctly decided to begin with. This purely procedural approach extended outside the court system, where the Left has argued that Roe is “under threat,” without explaining why a 15-week ban would be harmful or wrong.
With the current debates over Florida’s so-called “Don’t Say Gay” bill and transgender issues, the Left has fallen into similar logical black holes. In the former case, Democrats have been maneuvered either to point out problems that might arise in hypothetical situations (which would often require active malice from teachers) or attempting to mobilize high school students and activists against a bill which only applied to students from pre-school up through third grade. There may well have been logistical and legal issues with the drafting, but if there was a case against the bill, it was not one the Left made. Instead, they focused on arguing that this “cannot be done,” not that it “should not.” Polls suggest that they lost.
The most extreme example of the Left’s failure to make any real arguments is the fight over the inclusion of transgender individuals in competitive sports. It is an issue that the Left themselves would say effects only the “privileged.” The demographic of individuals, especially younger biological males, who can attend elite institutions, receive the financial and familial support required to transition at a young age, and would seek to compete against women is a heavily wealthy group. Yet somehow, the Left has decided that the civil rights issue of our time is the right of a specific Ivy League student to win college athletic competitions as their preferred gender. There is no effort to explain why this is more important than any of the other concerns raised (such as biological women having to compete against an individual with a clear biological advantage). There is simply the assertion that it is necessary, and that anyone who disagrees is a bigot.
Cancel Culture worked best for the Left when it was pushed with a mixture of persuasion and force. For the last two years, the mask of persuasion and argument has dropped. The Left has begun treating everyone like they treated their own adherents for the last decade. The result is that they have helped defeat themselves – in effect accomplishing what social conservatives have struggled to achieve for half a century: making ordinary Americans hate them.
Daniel Roman is the pen name of a frequent commentator and lecturer on foreign policy and political affairs, both nationally and internationally. He holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the London School of Economics.
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This is why governments should never be involved in any social aspects of the lives of citizens. Only Socialism advocates government entities dictating how citizens can live and how businesses can operate. We must maintain the Republic.
I believe it’s about time we conservatives start standing up to these US hating thugs are,rounded up and sent to China!!!!
The Left are enemies of all mankind.
This just exposes how useless and anti American the marxist democrat party really is.
These weak, failed democrats fall in line as individuals who do not have the ability to think and reason for themselves.
The democrat party is out of touch,hateful, discriminatory, corrupt, self serving, arrogant, and unable or unwilling to stand up for America, Citizens and Freedom.
Why are they so scared to stand up against the tyranny,parents,the Constitution ,religious rights, innocent babies,seniors,veterans, mentally challenged people they work for??
Are they stupid,biased, dirty or just lack any moral or intellectual fortitude???
What makes the democrats look down upon the Citizens they work for and who allow them to earn a living???
What’s the matter with democrats???
This may be painful for the left to hear but there are only 2 Genders, Male and Female. However there are a wide variety of mental disorders. Many of them are caused by introducing and indoctrinating young, impressionable, immature children with their dysfunctional sexual deviant behaviors.
Great observation Steven!
And yet, the left is still succeeding……I fault the conservative repubs …in their inaction, their double talk, their dancing to the music….the old “Potomac Two Step. Polititians all.
RINO’s, not real conservatives.
D.P. I agree with most of what you said, but all of us need to be better informed when we vote for these people. It takes a little extra effort but can be worth it in the long run. The national news media isn’t going to give us accurate information. The print media like NY Times and Washington Post aren’t going to give you all the facts. They’ll commit lies of omission all the time. I refer to those two newspapers as birdcage liners if you get my drift. We can forget big tech because they censor free speech that doesn’t accept their ideals, not to mention violating the 1st Amendment to the Constitution. All of us need credible sources and we need to share them with everyone. This is a good start.
I hope the conservatives are in a position to be a winner for a change, but knowing the Republicans they will not stick together on important issues and then we get screwed. They need to remember that the democrats are capable of doing anything and everything to win. They are not going to crawl into a hole and hide – they will be out doing whatever it takes to continue their path of destruction for our country.
In the unhappy democrat state of California, where I live, many “ ordinary Americans” live and are very unhappy with the leftist practices that are foisted upon us by aunt Nancy’s boy. And I’m one of them. It’s good to know it’s catching on.
Michigan had too many useless democrats who buy into govenor half- whit whitmers BS and LIES!
Yep. Comrade Wretched wHitler is a nightmare, and her sidekicks are even worse.
The leftist arguments fall apart on their own volition because none of them have any basis in science or the Bible. Simply put, a man cannot be a woman and vice versa. There are no surgeries or medication that can do this. God made you what you are by his standards and that’s that. What we are seeing from the Marxist left is ridiculous beyond belief. It’s like watching a totally unbelievable Sci-Fi movie. But if it helps destroy America, which is their goal, anything goes. They want a divided America to destroy us and “Build Back Marxist” as part of the Godless one-world government. The demo/Marxists are a party of Godless, wicked, people.
The Democrat Party for years has reached out to every minority and fringe group to replace former Democrat voters who either became Independent or Republican voters as their agenda became more liberal and now radical. This was all inevitable as these fringe groups and radicals have taken control of the party. It’s now a loose collection of individual factions without any firm base. When you reach the point where you cannot defend the indefensible you’re done as a viable political party.
The Rat Party has been US Public Enemy Number One since the day it was formed, my friend.
You mean the political party who brought us the Klu Klux Clan, Jim Crow Laws, and Segregation? Now they want to destroy their history to cover up their multitude of sins. They emerged after the Civil War to keep the South segregated until the late 1960’s.
Steven, Right now it’s why the Southern border of this country is wide open. They need to replace disillusioned voters. They will try anything to stay in power and controlling people. Do I think Demonrats are hitting the skids? Yes, because you can’t get much lower than the people leading that party. The fact is they’ve got all this stuff from cheating, lying and bullying to sacrificing anything and anyone who gets in their way. They’ll eat their own and not think twice. They kind of remind of vampires who lust for blood. They list for power. We’ve got to see to it that they’ll lose that power.
They are so desperate for voters that they have to “import” them!
Left forgot take off their shoes and put their foot in their mouth.
I hope the “woke” culture keeps on tearing itself apart! Leftist have for decades resorted to name calling when anyone disagrees with them. Now with social media and other news outlets, this cancel culture is biting leftists in the backside where it needs to be. Now if only some of these leftist politicians that have been corrupting everything would be found guilty of their corrupting crimes and hauled to jail (um Clinton and company), just might put a nail in the coffin of leftism, at least for a long time!
Name-calling is all they have. Since they have zero basis in science or the Bible, they need to act like elementary school kids. I keep waiting any day now for Loopy Joe to say to someone, “Oh yea. Your stupid and ugly”.
“Lying dog-faced pony soldier”, and that was to a useful-idiot Democrat.
When you cannot defend your position and have to resort to name calling you’re done. No one can articulate a believable argument for what they are doing. The Democrat Party is now in a death spiral. The more radical they behave the more repugnant they are to the vast majority of the American people.
If conservatives are now winning why is sniffy still above 40% in the polls? If, as some are speculating, sniffys Reaganesqe speech is the result of an under the table deal with the russians to end the war with putin controlling eastern Ukraine, he will shortly proclaim ‘peace in our time’. The dems arent going to roll over in front of the next election. I think its going to be much tougher going than many assume. If the media gives the current administration credit for a ceasefire sniffy will be at 60% by oct. Overconfidence in war is deadly.
Yeah, and nobody is trying to fix what went wrong with the last election.
Nobody is even talking about how to prevent wholesale cheating.
The mid-terms are THIS YEAR and there has been no measures taken to insure a fair election.
You are absolutely right Anita!!! Because the Republicans are in on it! They just give lip service that don’t add up to nothing! I blame them more that the commiecrats for the evil they have inflicted upon our once great nation!!
Are these the same polls that had Hillary soundly defeating Donald Trump in 2016? They aren’t really accurate and many times people will tell pollsters just the opposite of what they really believe. No way 40% of the country can be happy with Sleepy Joe or his destructive policies. They’re selling but I’m not buying!
Biden’s at 38% and has never made a Reaganesque speech in his life. At least not his own!
Here’s hoping that the Libtards continue to shoot themselves in the foot as the next election comes around.
The liberal side of this Nation ‘s citizens seems to be morphing to taking on the aura of Nazis. They don’t seek equal protection of the laws and equal rights … they want preferential treatment …. and if they don’t get it, they believe punishment should be administered to those in opposition. Often they don’t seek equality … they want superiority.
Wanda Sykes is frigging stupid, how is not teaching 5, 6, 7, and 8 year-olds about unnatural sex anti-gay? That’s why people don’t like many of the alphabetical unordinary, they get far too pushy. And they’d raise holy HELL if a bill was enacted to teach civics to the same age group. Decency gets me from giving my full opinion of Sykes.
Just consider the source. You’re spot on.
Great read but let’s not forget words spoken by a German artist after WWII (something about not rejoicing in the death of the beast, because his mother is in season again). Further, the Left’s inability to persuade on these issues is due in large part to a lack of eagerness on the part of Republican candidates during the last election, to bend the knee, seek compromise/consensus first. Whether influenced by Trump’s fighting spirit or by learning from the failures that resulted from ineffective’ ‘leaders’ like Paul Ryan (or both), candidates and voters seemed to take seriously the threat that the Left truly poses to our Republic. Hopefully this same lesson applies to 2022 and 2024 (assuming truly fair elections).
Most of us feel the same way and are hoping for the same for 2022 and 2024. I think Paul Ryan is one of the biggest disappointments ever. Once he started doing things with lobbyists he became part of the elite crowd. He had potential, but he chucked that away! I say good riddance!
Today’s DIMM party would expel Harry Truman or JFK. They might even expel FDR , even though his top adviser promoted Communism.
You’ve left out MLK he would be someone to worry about
Hooray for the laffs & gaffes & see the fools now
The “Left” is the enemy of just about everything near and dear to the great majority of Americans. The “Left” is about getting control of others in a way that gives them an extra advantage. The “Left” is about getting and securing power to control others to suit their own power-lust to emulate “GOD.” The Democrat Party has moved so far “Left” that it is becoming true danger to the welfare of our great Nation based on Constitutional Democracy. The “Left” is about applying ‘autocracy” to their personal advantage … NOT about allowing equal opportunity to all.
Wow! So well put. The situation in a nutshell!