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To Modern, So-Called Conservatives: Where Is The Righteousness?

It is an uphill battle for conservatives when they still remain outnumbered these past many years plus. More to that at the end.

The continued nonsensical message of a nation-state being created out of New World Europeans to lead the world as some kind of “shining city on a hill” rears its ugly head at its blusteringly best on July 4th. It beckons and cries out to all “conservatives” to beat back the bastard forces of progressivism–formerly “liberalism.”  “One Nation Under God,” they cry. They are right about being under God. But it ends there.

Although any true conservative can see, with only minor historical hindsight, that, as one example, an attempt at nation-building by the likes of Ben Shapiro in an article in CNS, is an effort to genuflect to that pesky Harry Jaffa, Eric Foner, et al comic book history and neocon war-loving bunch. Shapiro’s article is one of only many examples spilled out by “shining city conservatives” every July 4th..(and a heap of days in-between). And this bunch, often called “mainstream” conservatives, outnumbers true (or Paleo) conservatives. And they have, at least since the massacre of Barry Goldwater in 1964.

“Why We Can’t Have a Nice Independence Day.” Ben Shapiro from CNS

Ronald Reagan attempted a Goldwater-like comeback but like Donald Trump, Reagan had his Judas minions lurking in the shadows. The first Judas-knifing came in 1981 when M.E. Bradford was selected by Reagan advisers as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. He had the support of no less prominent conservatives than Russel Kirk and Forrest McDonald. But, he had disdain for Southerners by Neocons such as Norman Podhoretz and William Kristol. Neocon Bob Bennett was selected after Reagan caved.

“Rejecting the Proposition Nation.” Brion McClanahan

Possibly Shapiro’s education at such dynamic bastions of “scholarship” as UCLA and Harvard is his excuse for the lack of American history incubation. Who knows? The truth is, plenty of these “lack of education” guys have gotten educated down south and have been bathed in the post-1970 or so historical slop now served in universities, public and private down there (Go to hell U.C.L.A. Harvard and Ole Miss).

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From Shapiro:

“Under those circumstances, America looks very much like a nation reverting to an Articles of Confederation — a loose alliance of states with little common interest outside of preserving open conflict — and less like a nation governed by a common philosophy under founding ideals. And that means the Fourth of July will become less and less important in public life. After all, if we are supposed to celebrate what we share, and if we share nearly nothing, what precisely do we celebrate?”

The silliness above would not be silliness for a grade-schooler who was up for learning. But for the water carriers of the United States “shining city” bilge, and (in Lincoln’s case) liars of the “new nation” bunch, it is beyond silly, even pitiful. And it isn’t conservative—it is neoconservative.

Praise God that it could become what it WAS from the beginning, a loose confederation bound in UNION for commerce, currency, and defense. Apart from those they, indeed had little in common. Certainly, there was no common philosophy under “founding ideals.” The most common thread would be Christianity although from one end of the confederation to the other, there were some Come-to Jesus- headbutting—not unlike Paul and Barnabas (and recall they split in the name of Jesus—just saying)

Again from Shapiro:

“On July 3, 1776, shortly after the approval of the Declaration of Independence by the Second Continental Congress, John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail. “I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States,”

For the record, five of the colonies had already independently declared written independence (and secession) from the British Crown. New Hampshire (Dec 1775), South Carolina (March 1776), Rhode Island (May 1776), Virginia (June 1776), and New Jersey (July 1776).

Jointly in the Second Continental Congress, they thought perhaps (and since the war had begun) they would look united to the British in the great hardship of war by all signing in agreement their individual declarative decisions on a single document.  They called on Jefferson to do most of the work since he had been so eloquent with Virginia’s in June.

The 13 colonies declared themselves (in the Declaration, July 4) each an individual state of the world in a “confederation of association” (in five years The Articles of Confederation would be signed IN PERPETUITY!)

Again from Shapiro:

“On July 4, National Public Radio abandoned its traditional reading of the Declaration of Independence in favor of a discussion of “equality.” Paul Waldman of The Washington Post wrote that it was time to ‘declare our independence from the Founding Fathers,’ explaining that the ‘America of 1789 becomes a prison the conservative justices (of the Supreme Court) can lock us all in whenever it suits them.’”

Irony, thy loins seed and bleed history! How amazing that today the propitious-sounding words of the righteous republican Southern Confederacy (C.S.A.) in 1861 are paraphrased by the vile, vicious, and almost demonic political ideology we constantly refer to as “The Left.”

Perhaps for all the conservatives (WANT TO BE) a suggestion on timely reading:

Best-Selling: The South Was Right: by James and Walter Kennedy. The South was not, Left.

Conservatives can’t remain outnumbered and win. But you guys keep trying to sell this Lincoln, Neocon single nation claptrap, and people like Biden, Clinton (both), Bernie, Obama, and all of California and the like, are your future.

By Paul Yarbrough

Paul Yarbrough is a regular contributor to The Blue State Conservative. He writes novels, short stories, poetry, and essays. His first novel. Mississippi Cotton is a Kindle bestseller. His author site can be found on Amazon. He writes political commentary for CommDigiNews.

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