Rest assured that there is no short supply of “conservative leaders” in Washington and the media who draw their inspiration, not from any moral conviction or passion, but from the hunger to achieve fame and fortune. Such “leaders” or “spokespersons” are mercenaries who have every one of their stakes invested in seeing to it that the base of the movement buys lock, stock, and barrel the narrative that they continue to feed it.
According to this narrative, “conservatives” are the guardians of our “Founders’” dream of constitutional or “limited” government, the lone champions of liberty who are engaged in an enduring struggle with the forces of “the socialist” Left who long to swallow up the old Republic in a “cradle to grave” national government.
This epic struggle plays out every presidential election cycle, when “conservative leaders” promise us that what we face is nothing more or less than “the most important election of our lifetime.”
It plays out on any number of Fox News shows, when photogenic panelists with a shared interest in greater publicity for themselves and greater ratings for their network strive to convince audiences that their negligible differences over details are fundamental differences in kind.
It plays out on “conservative” talk radio, where the hosts do a masterful (if transparent) job of walking the proverbial tightrope as they aspire to simultaneously persuade listeners that they are both losing and winning the country.
And it plays out in “conservative” publications of various sorts, where pseudo-intellectual writers are forever parading out the next Great Idea that will cure the nation of the ills inflicted upon it by “liberalism.”
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Jack Kerwick, Ph.D. (photo)