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by Christopher Chantrill
September 09, 2010 at 12:38 pm
FOR YEARS and years the national moralists have been telling conservatives to reach out to minorities and women. But how? Minorities and women, at least of the professional variety, believe in big government and politics-with-everything. Conservatives dont.
In fact conservatives believe, with Peter Berkowitz, that Big government tends to crowd out self-government and that big government is more than a political problem; it is a moral problem. So how can conservatives reach out to people that flat out disagree with them?
Enter Glenn Beck and his Restoring Honor rally, or, as the MSM would prefer, his restoring honor rally.
Yes, up pops ole Glenn at the Lincoln Memorial with 300,000 to 500,000 mostly white Americans on the 47th anniversary of Martin Luther Kings I Have a Dream rally at the Lincoln Memorial. The rally stage overflows with Glenn Beck, First Americans, Women, Glenn Beck, African Americans, ministers, rabbis, tributes to Martin Luther King, Glenn Beck, and one old white guy in a blue blazer. Oh, and Sarah Palin.
So what happens? The MSM pouts and brackets the whole affair in a forest of scare quotes. Reverend Al Sharpton stages a counter rally and says:
The folks who used to criticize us for marching are trying to have a march themselves.
After insisting for a generation that Martin Luther King is a national figure who needs a national holiday and a street in every city, our liberal friends now tell us that Martin Luther King is off-limits for conservatives.
That Glenn Beck guy is a genius.
How do you reach out to women and minorities? Its obvious, now. You do it with a Christian revival and a message of faith, hope, and charity. All of a sudden, Glenn Beck has remade conservatism into the brotherhood of man under the fatherhood of God, and hes showed liberals and their darlings to America as mean-spirited scolds. Hes invited all the hyphenated Americans to pick up their sticks and journey out of the liberal plantation and into the Promised Land.
The great question in America is always the worry about the latest generation of immigrants. Will they assimilate and become un-hyphenated Americans like us? Or will they insist on living defiantly in an ethnic ghetto and split us apart? Michael Barone looked at this a decade ago in The New Americans and decided that immigrants always do assimilate. A century ago, Americans were worried about the flood of Irish, Italians, and Jews. They were stupid, clannish, and un-American. Yet a century later weve stopped worrying about them. Instead we are worried about blacks, the new Irish; Hispanics, the new Italians; and Asians, the new Jews.
Should we be worried? Heres a Hispanic gas-station attendant worrying out loud to Ben Stein about Obama and 9/11 mosques:
"We have to wake up," he said. "Those people want to hurt us. Then they want to build a mosque. Why? To hurt us more? And how come Obama always takes the side of the people who hate us? Isnt this his country, too? Whats wrong with him? Doesnt he know hes an American? Or what is he? This country has to wake up and get rid of Obama."
I nodded. "I agree," I said.
The man shook his head. "This country has to wake up," he said again. "We elected Obama. We made a big mistake. Now we have to fix it. Stop him, then get someone else in there. Someone who is an American. Someone who works for us, not our enemies. "
Yep. Bens Hispanic gas-station attendant sounds like a bitter clinger. Maybe its time to stop worrying about Hispanics and start worrying about Muslims instead. Personally, Im worried about South Asians. Are we going to let them turn Hollywood into Bollywood without firing a shot?
The way to understand all this is to accept that the American experience is deeply interwoven with the Christian proposition. Open your arms to the stranger, for we are all brothers and sisters in Christ; trust in the providential God. Extend the boundaries beyond the safety of your ethnic group; trust in American exceptionalism. But everyone has to make the leap of faith for themselves.
Glenn Beck is cobbling together a new national myth out of all this to make the leap of faith a little easier. Hes scrambling together God, the founding fathers, Old Abe, the Great Awakening, the success ethic, the responsibility gospel, the civil rights movement, and faith hope and charity. Meanwhile he conducts weekly deconstructions on Democratic heroes like Woodrow Wilson and Andrew Jackson. If he manages to make it all come together, we could see the biggest change in national politics and culture since 1933.
Theres a lot of cackling in the liberal hen-house this week. Theres a fox in there with a mouthful of feathers warbling theres nobody in here but us 400,000 chickens. The foxs name is Glenn.
Buy his Road to the Middle Class.
But I saw a man yesterday who knows a fellow who had it from a chappie
that said that Urquhart had been dipping himself a bit recklessly off the deep end.
Dorothy L. Sayers, Strong Poison
Civil Societya complex welter of intermediate institutions, including businesses, voluntary associations, educational institutions, clubs, unions, media, charities, and churchesbuilds, in turn, on the family, the primary instrument by which people are socialized into their culture and given the skills that allow them to live in broader society and through which the values and knowledge of that society are transmitted across the generations.
Francis Fukuyama, Trust
Tear down theory, poetic systems... No more rules, no more models... Genius conjures up
rather than learns... Victor Hugo
César Graña, Bohemian versus Bourgeois
We have met with families in which for weeks together, not an article of sustenance but potatoes had been used; yet for every child the hard-earned sum was provided to send them to school.
E. G. West, Education and the State
When we began first to preach these things, the people appeared as awakened from the sleep of agesthey seemed to see for the first time that they were responsible beings, and that a refusal to use the means appointed was a damning sin.
Finke, Stark, The Churching of America, 1776-1990
When we received Christ, Phil added, all of a sudden we now had a rule book to go by, and when we had problems the preacher was right there to give us the answers.
James M. Ault, Jr., Spirit and Flesh
A writer who says that there are no truths, or that all truth is merely relative, is asking you not to believe him. So dont.
Roger Scruton, Modern Philosophy
As far as the Catholic Church is concerned, the principal focus of her interventions in the public arena is the protection and promotion of the dignity of the person, and she is thereby consciously drawing particular attention to principles which are not negotiable...
[1.] protection of life in all its stages, from the first moment of conception until natural death; [2.] recognition and promotion of the natural structure of the family... [3.] the protection of the right of parents to educate their children.
Pope Benedict XVI, Speech to European Peoples Party, 2006
At first, we thought [the power of the West] was because you had more powerful guns than we had. Then we thought it was because you had the best political system. Next we focused on your economic system. But in the past twenty years, we have realized that the heart of your culture is your religion: Christianity.
David Aikman, Jesus in Beijing
But the only religions that have survived are those which support property and the family.
Thus the outlook for communism, which is both anti-property and anti-family, (and also anti-religion), is not promising.
F.A. Hayek, The Fatal Conceit
Conservatism is the philosophy of society. Its ethic is fraternity and its characteristic is authority the non-coercive social persuasion which operates in a family or a community. It says we should....
Danny Kruger, On Fraternity
Families helped each other putting up homes and barns. Together, they built churches, schools, and common civic buildings. They collaborated to build roads and bridges. They took pride in being free persons, independent, and self-reliant; but the texture of their lives was cooperative and fraternal.
Michael Novak, The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism