The right doesn’t need sleaze. It is my view that the Republicans were wrong to pursue Bill Clinton over Lewinsky and the National Party faction that is pursuing Auckland Mayor Len Brown for similar adulterous behaviour is making the same mistake.
The whole ghastly scenario has left me totally unimpressed and one of the main reasons for this is that in the end, its actually more damaging to the right than it is to the left.
Why? Well, for one thing it lowers the political bar right across the spectrum. It’s all well and good for a few on the right to be gloating smugly but keep in mind the day is coming when the same thing will happen for a National Party politician and Whale Oil blogger Cam Slater’s antics will now ensure that when it does, the left will give it the same force. The perceived right in NZ will have no means to complain without being judged as hypocrites.
Secondly, what is gained? Its not news that Len Brown is an amoral liar and a cheat who betrayed his marriage vows and treats such principles as fidelity with utter contempt. He’s a Progressive for God’s sake, and what right winger doesn’t already know that Progs have a completely screwed moral compass?
Auckland has remained unimpressed by the scandal. If the election was carried out again, with the same participants as before, Brown would probably still win. That he is an adulterer is not the problem. The problem is the prevailing perceptions not only afoot in NZ’s biggest city but right across the country and the whole of the West. Those perceptions are what the right needs to defeat and we won’t do that by wrestling in the mud with pigs.
As the global left’s struggle for political ascendancy intensifies, the battle lines have become clearer. The primary division is between the Progressives and The Conservatives. There are subsets to these main groups but when the Generals are finally nominated for the battle against leftist Armageddon, they will fight under the Conservative flag and the enemy will fight under the Progressive flag.
Sideshows like the Brown affair and the Lewinsky affair are a distraction. The right are losing because there are very few of their leaders are out there articulating a political philosophy that directly confronts Progressivism. The enormous amount of effort wasted on pursuits that are unproductive has to be put into a strategy that delivers real long term objectives.
We’re getting hints about what the strategy must be every day. Its clear that the current leaders of the anti-Progressive forces right across the West are currently too politically confused to deliver victory. In most Western countries, successive governments are elected in a political paradigm of stifling liberal orthodoxy that has to be dissolved.
The first priority therefore has to be the replacement of most if not all of the current leaders in the West who claim they are opposing leftism. If today’s political situation could be likened to the D-day invasion then the Progressives still hold all of the beach heads and we are still trying to make it out of the water. Our Generals would have been court martialled for cowardice and for collaborating with the enemy.
We have to have a new vanguard. That vanguard doesn’t involve any of our current leadership (assumed or appointed) and it sure as hell doesn’t involve those who peddle sleaze. We need fresh blood in our command tent, and when they come we have to support them much more ardently than we have in the past. Its means fighting.
For example there should be no capitulation over Ted Cruz as there was over Sarah Palin. We must know the enemy by now, so why can’t we defeat them? With determination and courage and by focusing on what is important we will win. And let’s not be distracted by unproductive Progressive circuses.