Being a smug conservative is much like being a smug Carthaginian. Both are able to watch all there once was being ground into dust, while smiling at their own virtue. The Third Punic Culture War may be an ongoing 50+ year rout, you may have a host of foreign infantry besieging your cities, and your leaders may have mastered no tactics aside from supercilious retreat, but I’m feeling pretty good about stopping anti-Roman hate speech.
Do you ever wonder why no one strives to uphold the Values of Carthage anymore? Do you think it has anything to do with the absence of Carthaginians? I’m sure their society did have values, and ones to which most hewed piously. Maybe their values were even subjectively superior to Roman values. Though it’s been hard to find many saying so since Carthage was razed to the ground and its last surviving citizens sold into slavery.
It would be interesting to know if shackled fathers watching their wives and daughters being led in chains to soldiers’ tents found solace in the righteousness of universalist morals. Or if, in contrast, they wished more attention had been placed on defending the Carthaginian people. I suppose all we can do is speculate.
Regardless, the exotic theory I will present to CPAC–when next invited to speak there–is that a set of specific values is actually endemic to a specific people. And absent those people, their values are found about as useful to others as bones baking in the sun.
But that’s not the position of the American Conservative Union’s Executive Director Dan Schneider addressing CPAC yesterday. In his remarks, he explained that the values of Carthage are under threat from the people who want to preserve Carthaginians. Even more counterintuitively was his advice that these pro-Carthaginians are the real Romans. Now that’s impressive subterfuge.
There is a sinister organization that is trying to worm its way in to our ranks. We must not be duped. We must not be deceived.
We have heard what Conservatism is. We have to make sure we know what Conservatism isn’t.
Just a few years ago this Hate-filled, left-wing fascist group hijacked the term ‘alt-right.’ They did it intentionally. Because they want to deceive the media and they want to deceive you all about what they stand for. So they can try to become normalized.
We must not allow them to be normalized. They are not part of us.
They stole the term (alt-right) specifically to confuse us. But we know who they are.
🐸 They are anti-semites.
🐸 They are racists.
🐸 They are sexists.
🐸 They hate the constitution.
🐸 They hate free markets.
🐸 They hate pluralism.
🐸 They hate everything we believe in. (Even horticulture!)
They are NOT an extension of Conservatism.
They are nothing but garden variety LEFT-WING FASCISTS.
Fascist is a synonym for ‘bad person’ as ‘bad person’ is a synonym for heretic. That is how the alt-right manages to be both left and right wing ‘fascists’ simultaneously.
The left wants the West in ruin and its daughters in infantry tents. The mainstream right wants a comfortable seat to watch the show. Thus it’s not difficult to understand why both factions feel intense enmity for those few manning the ramparts.
I don’t know the ultimate trajectory of this conflict. But watching the milquetoast Dan Schneider meekly try to rally the troops to their knees, our prospects for a prompt defeat are looking more dire all the time.