My previous post identified forces in support of liberalism in the culture war, beginning with the White House and Democrat Party plus a host of other entities, all largely coordinating their efforts to promote liberal causes and destroy conservatives and their efforts. Combined, this represents a formidable cultural enemy.
How do conservative forces compare? Let’s examine them.
While the Democratic Party aggressively promotes liberal causes, the Republican Party does not do the same for conservatives. The party per se advocates a compromise, “reach across the aisle,” approach to governance. The Republican Party advocates for middle of the road candidates for office and actually even opposes conservative ones. The bottom line is that while the Democratic Party aggressively promotes the liberal agenda the Republican Party does not do likewise for conservatives.
I mentioned in the previous post that Pres. Obama serves as the point person for liberalism in America. Currently Republicans have a majority in the House and Senate. The Republican heads of those institutions respectively are John Boehner and Mitch McConnell. In both cases, rather than supporting conservative causes they work to undermine them, giving Pres. Obama almost everything he wants at almost every turn. Therefore, rather than the personalities that hold positions of leadership for Republicans supporting a conservative agenda, they actually oppose it.
The Tea Party comprises a conservative political movement that has managed to get some good people elected to office in state and local elections and in the US House and Senate. However, at the national level the Tea Party finds itself largely powerless since for the most part it works under the umbrella of the Republican Party, and therefore its gains provide no practical outcome for conservative causes. This reality became especially apparent after the substantial Tea Party victories in the 2014 elections resulted in no significant influence over the compromising Republican Congress and its activities. The Tea Party also is limited by its splintered configuration. It possesses no national unified presence and therefore no means of exercising cumulative leadership and power.
The other major conservative entity in America resides in the evangelical church. However, evangelicals limit their own impact in that they present no united front, being divided into a host of different denominations and independent churches and organizations and making no genuine effort to unify politically. Limiting their influence even more is the evangelical lack of interest and will in getting involved politically. Though individual evangelicals do manifest concerns regarding political issues, the failure of denominations and churches to engage in the political arena leaves these concerned Christians without leadership, and therefore helpless to make their influence felt.
Evangelicals do have various organizations providing legal services advocating for conservative causes. These legal services have done a great job of defending conservatives who are being harassed by liberals. They also have done a good job representing the conservative side of legal issues that come before our courts.
These legal services in conjunction with other conservative organizations have made some gains in the fight against abortion, which probably represents the cause were conservatives have made the most progress. Nonetheless, with the number of abortions in America still hovering around 1 million per year, it would be premature to label this as a victory.
Talk radio comprises another conservative entity. Though I appreciate its contribution, it has been almost exclusively limited to the name–talk. Their limitation is not merely that they only talk, but also in their talk they virtually never advocate for doing anything, and even seem to discourage action. For example, Glenn Beck as opposed conservative boycotts. Mark Levin and others have discouraged the formation of a third party, though his book The Liberty Amendments does advocate for a solution and action.
In summary, the major differences between liberal and conservative forces include three major factors: some conservative forces are conservative in name only such as the Republican Party and the House and Senate leadership, leaving the conservative movement without any genuine leadership. This leads to the next factor. Among conservatives there is no unity, and therefore no strategy and no power whereas liberals seem to have all three. Liberals are aggressive while conservatives are inert, tentative, fearful, and just plain inactive.
In my next post I plan to address a specific situation in which the result of these differences between liberals and conservatives becomes apparent.