In a recent speech at the Reagan Library, Paul Ryan the RINO made these remarks:
“As the left gets more woke, the rest of America is getting weary. This stuff is exhausting. And we conservatives have got to be careful not to get caught up in every little cultural battle. Sometimes these skirmishes are just creations of outrage peddlers, detached from reality and not worth anybody’s time. They draw our attention away from the far more important case we must make to the American people. Culture matters, absolutely, yes, but our party must be defined by more than a tussle over the latest grievance or perceived slight. We must not let them take priority over solutions — grounded in principle — to improve people’s lives.”
(The full speech can be found here. The above quotation comes from around the 24 minute mark)
Of course, Paul Ryan was completely, totally, undeniably wrong. The culture war matters far more than the “economic issues” of the sort that he would prefer to deal with. Culture is what defines us, economics are downstream of that.
That’s not to say, I should add, that defending capitalism isn’t important. It is. Capitalism, by which I mean a generally free-market economy, is the backbone of the West and crucial to our continued success.
But the corporatist agenda about which RINOs like Ryan wring their hands isn’t a defense of capitalism. It’s just corruption and repaying corporate donors. Whether America’s corporate income tax rate is 28% or 32% isn’t that important in the grand scheme of things; they find ways of avoiding it anyway. Changing that rate is just a way for corrupt, Big Business Republicans like Romney and Ryan to signal to their donors that the dark money donations garnered on the campaign trail won’t be forgotten.
And, in any case, even if a few percentage points of difference in tax rates was of the Earth-shattering importance that Paul Ryan pretends it is, how would battles fought over it matter if we surrender our culture to the radical left?
Would it really matter if you saved a thousand dollars each year if the cost of that $1,000 was your children being read to by drag queens, transvestites showering with your daughter in the locker room, and every TV show or movie pushing far left ideology?
Would one more cut regulation or one more slightly conservative judge matter to you if the cost of that deregulation or appointment was the cancelation of more authors like Dr. Seuss, continued attacks on titans of the past like Lee, Washington, and Columbus, and your business forcing you to listen to weekly white privilege training sessions?
Whatever temporary economic victories Ryan might win would surely be overshadowed by a cultural drift toward socialism; would you want to prioritize the temporary over the longer-lasting?
The conservative movement, the movement that Ryan professes to be a leader of, is not supposed to be about Big Business. It’s not about boosting Monsanto’s profits, trying to find common ground with the Marxists on the left, cutting corporate taxes, or whatever else Paul Ryan imagines the GOP would spend its time on if it didn’t engage in culture war battles. It’s about conserving tradition, preserving the greatness of the past.
Ryan “warns” us to not focus on every “little cultural battle.” What does he mean by that? That we should let BLM burn down our cities? That drag queen story hour isn’t that bad after all? That we should find common ground with Antifa, let the left keep rigging elections, and canceling every conservative cultural figure?
The fact is that every “little” cultural battle matters. Each battle is a way to win the total war that is the culture war. If we push them back by focusing on changing the composition of a school board to defeat CRT, as parents in Texas did, that matters.
If we use their championing of degeneracy and radical attacks on traditional morality to swing more moderate voters away from the transvestites of the left and toward us, that matters.
If we can highlight the ridiculous depths to which PC and cancel culture have gone and use that against them, that matters.
Each “little cultural battle” that Paul Ryan scorns matters because it is an opportunity to win. If we lose them, as Paul Ryan seems to want, we’ll continue to see the culture drift ever more toward the left.
The simple fact is that Paul Ryan is wrong. He’s out of Congress because no one believed in him to actually champion conservative ideals. Like that Chamberlain of the GOP, Romney, Ryan doesn’t seem to understand the stakes of modern politics.
He thinks that if we focus on “big issues” (by which he means helping Big Business), then we’ll win. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Trump won not because Big Business wanted him in office but because the average man loved him. He promised to stand up for American culture and did so. He knew that the left’s attacks on our Founding, culture, and history matter and are far more important than whatever marginal changes to the tax code Ryan wants.
The future of the GOP is as a party that fights for American culture. That means that it needs to wage every cultural battle it can and, in so doing, push back the left and inspire more patriots to fight against the rampant leftist lunacy present in almost every aspect of our modern culture. As Breitbart said, walk toward the fire; be brave and embody the Bronze Age Mindset. Don’t follow Ryan’s advice and walk away from it like a cowardly RINO.