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For decades, the battle cry of the supposed political Right has been, “Live and let live!” They may oppose abortion, but they otherwise embrace a modern culture riddled with degeneracy because “what you do in the bedroom is none of their business.” The problem with “live and let live” is that it presupposes that individualism is the highest calling of man, that you should be free to do whatever you want so long as you are not directly harming another, but there are behaviors that should not be tolerated by society because they are morally corrosive. People once understood that society had a vested interest in protecting itself from degeneracy and hedonism—after all, a society is responsible for and to generations of people, not just those alive in the moment—but that is largely no longer the case. During the 2016 election, there was no shortage of conservative women advocating for “MAGA” while chugging beer in bikinis. While conservatives may scream about abortion, they embrace promiscuity, Islamic immigration, and even homosexuality.
A large part of this has to do with the mainstream Right being subverted by a warped sense of “freedom,” wherein the desire to do something negates any moral reasoning to not do it—”If Bob wants to do X, then who am I to stop him? After all, he isn’t hurting me.” This is why the Libertarian Party’s 2016 platform was in favor of “gay rights,” abortion, recreational drugs, free trade, open borders, and the like. In 2015, Jason Lee Steorts, managing editor of the neoconservative National Review, argued in favor of embracing “same-sex marriage,” and polling shows that a majority of Republicans now support legalizing marijuana. There are even Republicans in Congress who seek to grant amnesty to illegal aliens and to keep the borders open. In short, there is very little difference between the Left and the mainstream Right these days. As it has often been said, conservatives are really just progressives from 5-10 years ago. Imagine going back to 1950 to explain to Republican voters that the GOP would one day soon include open homosexuals, whites adopting black children as accessories, race-mixers, Third World immigration advocates, and so on. It would surely seem unfathomable to them, but here we are less than seven decades later with the Grand Old Progressives.
This is the direct result of the “normalization” of leftist ideals, which has largely been accomplished through the media. From homosexuality to multiculturalism, leftists have spent decades using entertainment and news media to convince the masses that traditional norms are outdated and bigoted. The Left’s focus on the media is quite obvious when one looks at the concentration of leftists therein. For example, as of 2013, only 7% of journalists self-identified as a Republican, and nearly 3 out of every 4 publishing employees in 2016 lived in counties won by Hillary Clinton. Similarly, only a small fraction of those who work in Hollywood see themselves as conservative. It is little wonder then that movies, television, and print media have been overwhelmingly focused on pushing “diversity” and “tolerance” on people. It is important to note, however, that this has not been limited to leftist media with considerable overlap with libertarians and neocons.
Consider that Gavin McInnes—avowed Western chauvinist, founder of the “Proud Boys,” and host of a show on Conservative Review’s CRTV—co-founded Vice magazine in 1994 and remained with the publication until leaving in 2007, citing that advertisers had too much say in content. During his tenure, McInnes penned such articles as “The VICE Guide to Eating Pussy” and “The VICE Guide to Anal Sex” with other staffers producing works such as “Cum Vs Moisturizer.” Despite McInnes’s complaints about advertising controlling content, Vice has lived up to his legacy despite his absence with important pieces including “Why Girls Should Only Have Anal Sex,” “Where Your Dude Likes to Cum and What it Says About Him,” “How Your Girl Likes to Cum and What It Says About Her,” “Getting Wasted on Cum Cocktails,” “Yes, What You Eat Does Change How Your Semen Tastes,” “When Ass Eating Goes Wrong,” “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Anal Sex,” and “We Asked a Male Porn Star How to Jizz Good,” just to name a few. Today, Vice is considered liberal, but there is a noticeable continuity from the future Proud Boy leader. Vice is also not alone with such trash considering that Cosmo ran “A Complete Beginner’s Guide to Fisting” while Teen Vogue went with “Anal Sex: What You Need to Know,” directed at underage girls and labeled “sexual health.” Similarly, it takes little effort to find Reason magazine supporting “gay marriage” and proudly declaring that “capitalism… led to gay rights.” In academia, Harvard University hosted an “anal sex workshop,” and even chapels on college campuses are not safe.
This is what “live and let live” ultimately achieves because there will always be someone pushing boundaries in an effort to desensitize people and thus normalize certain behaviors, and the Right has not only largely surrendered on such issues but has actually taken up the Lefts’ banner and advanced it. For example, consider that Maryland instituted a law in 1644 that stipulated that any white woman who married a slave was herself to become a slave as well as any children produced, and, in 1691, Virginia enacted a law that said any white person engaging in interracial marriage should be banished forever with any woman producing a child being heavily fined or forced into servitude for the local church wardens for 5 years while offspring were to be servants until the age of 30. In 1705, Virginia expanded the law to fine any minister the equivalent of 10,000 pounds of tobacco if he officiated at an interracial wedding. This attitude would not abate in the Colonies, and, in 1784, Thomas Jefferson expressed concern about emancipated slaves “staining the blood of [their] master,” so that such a slave had “to be removed beyond the reach of mixture.” In 1790, President George Washington signed into law an “act to establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization” that limited citizenship to “free white person[s].” What then would be the conservative position on the issue of race?
One would be forgiven for thinking that conservatives would hold to the views demonstrably held by their ancestors in America from the 17th to the 20th century, but that could not be further from the truth. Rather, Mitt Romney has consistently and repeatedly attacked President Trump for alleged racism. Others such as Jeb Bush and John McCain cannot rush fast enough to condemn “white supremacists,” by which they mean white people who think like the Founding Fathers. Unsurprisingly, Jeb Bush is married to a Mexican, and McCain has an adopted Bangladeshi daughter. To these supposed “conservatives,” there was seemingly nothing worth conserving about the United States prior to the late 20th century. They pay lip service to the Founding Fathers and Constitution, but, to a person, they would agree things achieved in the name of progressivism and Cultural Marxism have been good for the country… the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Voting Rights Act of 1965, Immigration and Naturalization Act of 1965… they would overturn none of it. Indeed, despite the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments having been falsely ratified under unconstitutional martial law, supposed constitutionalists would never suggest that they be stricken from the record.
The “mainstream Right” may oppose the most ridiculous and outlandish outpourings of liberalism in the moment, but they nonetheless generally embrace the Left’s framing of the world in terms of feminism, race, multiculturalism, homosexuality, and the like. And they will come to embrace even the most ridiculous and outlandish in time just as they have done for the last few decades. This is what it means to normalize liberal ideals, to engage in a false dichotomy between progressive and slightly less progressive. Cats are barking, dogs are meowing, men are wearing dresses, women want to rule the world, Luke Skywalker is milking alien sea cows, Captain America is black, Thor is a woman, sluts are proud, decent people are shamed, and on, and on. It is pure chaos that seems like it has no end because the two sides are in actuality one.