It comes to some quicker than others, but even the lower-lights figure it out. Even me. It is a sorry moment, when one finally realizes that someone or some group you thought you admired turns out to be guilty as hell of the bad manners you know exist in the true believers on the left. We all need hope and heroes and so we build up the people we think have the right stuff. When they turn out not to be all that we hoped, we can get over that. When they have the right stuff, but go out of their way to betray their ideals and their admirers over personal ambition, *that* leaves a mark.
Dear reader, how many marks do you bear? Is that why so many on the right have turned so cynical? It probably is, but what is it with all the snark? It has become nearly impossible to have a serious conversation. Apparently, snark is some sort of determinant for membership in the elite bloggy right because so many overdo it . . . when they aren’t sexing up their followers. A little bit of either goes a long way, but then I am many years beyond the koolsters. . . old enough to wonder whatever became of good manners?
Manners are of more importance than laws. Upon them, in great measure, the laws depend. The law touches us but here and there, now and then. Manners are what vex or soothe, corrupt or purify, exalt or debase, barbarize or refine us, by a constant steady, uniform, insensible operation, like that of the air we breathe in. They give their whole form and colour to our lives. According to their quality, they aid morals, they supply them, or they totally destroy them. –Edmund Burke
There is more ambition than good manners among many people attached to conservative philosophy. I chose the word “attached” specifically because it is hard to tell if half the 30 somethings who claim to be conservative, really are. While they may quote the Constitution, are they true to it or is their affection driven by personal opportunity? It seems when given the chance, they will choose personal benefit over their allegiance to what they claim grounds them.
Why do conservatives ever agree to go on air with MSNBC? You know why and you hate it. It leaves a mark, doesn’t it? What happens when good conservatives turn up regularly on CNN? Do you have any doubt that the network kingpins are whispering in the ear of their conservative tokens? Everybody has to eat and some will take a check from the other side, but the regular folk are starting to notice.
It disgusts us that some of our brightest opinion makers on the right are co-opted. Fine cigars, good bourbon and rubbing elbows with the connected sucked them in. Most of the Republican class of 2010, for whom we conservatives fought, have also crossed over. The weak who know they’ve caved will make their excuses to our deaf ears. We won’t be fooled again, at least not by the same opportunists.
The top of the class has failed their mission, at least in part, and so it falls to the lower-lights to carry on. Endeavor to persevere and tend your bruises, patriots. We hold a nation in our hands, with only our moral imagination to sustain us in the fight against the statism of Obama. It is on us, the ones who “show up” for the ones who will not grow up.