Republicans in the US, The Conservatives in the UK, the Liberals in Australia and the Nationals in NZ are all virtually indistinguishable in political character from the Labour/ Democrat opposition.
The answer lies in the mainstream political narrative. Gradually this narrative has come to be more and more owned by the left. As they have gradually infiltrated our culture, they have set the talking points until today they are almost the only driving force in the mainstream political discussion.
Its not totalitarianism enforced by arms, its cultural totalitarianism and its enforced by left wing believers who control the media, our entertainment industry, our education system and in the end and as a result of controlling the former, they control our political system.
So how do we change this? Well the obvious way is to rescue our cultural institutions from the left. Not so easily done when they outnumber us and more importantly fill most positions of power.
One thing we can do is refuse to buy into the very concepts the left use to bind us. Divisive Marxist ideas like racism, sexism, and a host of other isms all designed to fracture and weaken our society and render us powerless to resist the leftist onslaught.
The left will not defeat us if we unite in resisting their cultural domination and that unity is best expressed in identifying every idea that splits us, and refusing to buy into the argument these ideas generate.
Let’s take a recent example- Food in schools. This is a great idea of the left for in one fell swoop they divide so much. This ideas sets race against race. It sets poor against proud. It sets the generous against the cautious.
And of course the National Party went for it. When what they should have said is- that I am sorry, but the National Party is not prepared to discuss this idea because it is Marxist cant and designed not to bring relief to families unable to feed their kids (what utter bs) but designed to break down our society and therefore make it in the end a lot harder for everyone to feed their kids. We believe in unifying our society not dividing it, and we believe a unified society will enable more kids to have better breakfasts.
But the National Party is so ineffective it can’t even muster the initiative let alone the courage to say this. As the Republican Party is full of RINOs (Republicans In Name Only) so is the National Party full of NINOs and the Conservative Party full of CINOs and The Liberal Party full of LINOs. Tragic for in most cases all of these parties in their original founding state stood for something worthwhile.
Since the left have owned the political narrative we do not talk about things like freedom, liberty, property rights, individual rights, small government. Its all about feminism, racism, homophobia, and a hundred other concepts that divide us. And you’re not permitted to talk outside this paradigm. Check out any of the comments in any part of the blogosphere where the left dominate and you will find the same by rote attacks on anyone who might threaten to break the mould. Mark Steyn. Rush Limbaugh. Sarah Palin. Mention any of these and/or their ideas and the level of vitriol is intensified beyond reason.
As far as the NZ National Party goes I am not sure it can ever be returned to its founding principles. I was stunned to see news items suggesting the ideas of one Simon Lusk would provide a blueprint for its recovery. Apparently Mr Lusk thinks the road to salvation is through what he calls the ‘right wing blogosphere”. Apparently by this he means Cameron Slater and David Farrar’s blogs. Absent from any of Mr. Lusk’s writing (I have seen) is any reference to Social Conservatives, so one can understand why he imagines Farrar and Slater are right wing.
All I can say to this is if Kiwiblog and Whaleoil truly do represent the right wing in NZ then we’re in far greater trouble than I thought. Slater is IMHO an under-educated politically incoherent Progressive who didn’t until a few months ago even know that the National Party had any founding principles. Kiwiblog is another Progressive outlet that always enthsiastically buys into every bit of Marxist cant the left can come up with. If Mr Lusk thinks these two bloggers will save NZ I have to reserve my judgment on his judgment.
The way forward is to support any outlet or party or idea that challenges the suffocating left liberal/ progressive orthodoxy. Kiwiblog and Whaleoil don’t challenge it. They buy into it.
Let’s get one thing clear. Congratulations are due Messrs Slater and Farrar for building well patronised blogs. They worked hard to get their sites established and to attract so much patronage and they deserve credit for their success. They are not however cutting edge political blogs that will lead us from the progressive swamp. There are better blogs from a Conservative political view and I think most reading this would already know where they are. (If you don’t, look in the sidebar.)
So in closing I can summarise all of the above with a piece from an excellent post on the Bogpaper blog defending the UK Independence Party against its many attackers in the Conservatives and Labour.
“the UKIP’s value is as an agent of change. It doesn’t matter if they lack what it takes to form a government. What matters is that they give a platform to ideas that challenge the sclerotic liberal orthodoxy around which the major parties and their media cheerleaders are huddled. To my mind, anything that breaks this ideological death-grip is worth supporting.”
Read it, for it hits the nail on the head.
We must break the ideological death grip the left have on our culture and just as importantly, on the political narrative. A big part of this is ensuring the RINOs CINOs LINOs and NINOS whose political presence perverts parties that once stood for something are rounded up, drafted down the side race and sent off to the freezing works.
To my friends who blog far more consistently on these issues, my respect and admiration. Keep up the good work. You’re making a difference.