Here is why I have so little optimism for the Romney election or the future of the republic. It all has to do with cultural and media bias which is so pervasive and so corrosive that I can’t imagine that conservatism can survive much longer. Here’s why:
The Obama campaign has run nationwide advertising that has called Mitt Romney a murderer, claimed he has not paid taxes in ten years and presented senior citizens making absolutely false claims about the Romney/Ryan budget plan stealing their social security and medicare funding. Barack Obama (who has eaten dog) has made repeated references to a decades old incident where Mitt Romney carried his dog in a dog carrier strapped to the top of a station wagon. Harry Reid has said that Mitt Romney’s father would be ashamed of his son for not releasing tax returns, when Harry Reid has never released his tax returns. Joe Biden, affecting a laughable attempt at gutter slang, addressed a crowd of mostly black attendees saying that Romney/Ryan’s intention was “gonna put y’all back in chains”. The attacks on Paul Ryan have been equally vile and hateful. Nancy Pelosi calls the selection a blow against women. The Obama campaign has suggested that Ryan’s intent is to starve old people.
Against this flood of personal vitriol and outright lies, the Republicans have run an ad factually asserting that Obamacare diverts almost a trillion dollars away from Medicare.
The result of these events is that the major news stories are reporting on Barack Obama’s demand that the Republicans stop running a “campaign of hate.”
This morning, on Fox News, the news report about Joe Biden’s “gonna put y’all back in chains” comment stated that the comment was directed at “the middle class.” There is no way anyone who has half a brain and who saw the video or read any factual account of the event could not realize that Biden was making a desperate attempt to paint Romney/Ryan as hardcore racists who wanted black people enslaved. So to report that the comment was directed at “the middle class” was not merely journalistic incompetence, it was deliberate journalistic malpractice in an attempt to deflect the righteous anger of normal people away from Joe Biden and instead make it appear that the Romney campaign was complaining about a relatively minor comment.
I roam around the net a lot. I frequent a lot of sites that are very popular with young adults, geeks, gamers, shooters, photographers, amateur astronomers, artists and more.
The ONLY venue where conservative commentary is even remotely accepted (and even then it is rarely welcomed) is the shooting sites. EVERY OTHER SITE I visit treats conservatism as some sort of vile and dangerous mental condition. To even suggest that free markets are superior to government redistribution, or to suggest that second amendment rights are not only the law, but are morally defensible, or to make any other comment that is remotely based on conservative principles will get you inundated in the most hateful personal attacks you can imagine.
That’s the culture we have today. Liberals have successfully demonized conservatives in our culture so thoroughly that there are virtually no places left where conservative principles can even be openly espoused, much less argued rationally, without the crushing weight of societal opinion hounding the speaker into submission and retreat.
In a very real sense the culture war was lost when 70% of the American people became convinced (as they are according to multiple polls) that Sarah Palin (not Tina Fey) made the famous “I can see Russia from my house” comment.
We are doomed.
But more to the point, we deserve everything that is going to happen to us in the next century. As a society we have pissed away the greatest idea the world has ever seen.