Fear not – I am not referring to “dumping” the foundational precepts of Conservatism or, for that matter, any Conservative precepts!
Our Conservative beliefs are the direct descendants of the most learned of Western Civilization, our Founding Fathers and, ultimately, the Divine inspiration underlying our Founding.*
What I am advocating is to relegate the terms “Conservatism” and “Conservative” to background status – not unlike how the Collectivists have retired the term “Liberal” in favor of “Progressivism” and “Progressive.” (More on this below.)
But if we’re going to shelve the banner of “Conservatism,” how then should we refer to ourselves?
I propose replacing the use of the terms “Conservatism” and “Conservative” with “Pro-Americanism” and “Pro-American.” Allow me to explain.
The intuitive message of particular words and phrases can be most persuasive; this includes the labels or slogans under which movements advance. The root word of “Progressivism” – progress – is persuasive from the get-go.
Even those who don’t pay attention to politics or social movements will reflexively be inclined to assume that those who refer to themselves as promoting “progress” are on the side of the angels. After all, who in their right mind is against progress? Thus, those who are opposing that agenda are on the defensive before the contest of ideas is even engaged – that is us.
But what if we turn the tables on the Collectivist-Progressives? What if we put them on the defensive from the get-go?
With a rhyming prefix – “pro” – before American, we can truthfully declare that: “I (or we) are Pro-Americans, and our opponents the Progressives, in opposing us are attempting to …”
Immediately they are immediately put in a position of having to try to explain “why” their positions are not anti-American.
With this we herd them into an intellectual box canyon, for (as we know) their positions are anti-American.
Why? Because Progressivism is one of the strains of Collectivism – which for purposes of this discussion can be thought of as the umbrella term for the various Collectivist subsets under which a Marxist system can be imposed, i.e., Communism, Fascism, Socialism and Progressivism.
That commonality is why openly “Democratic Socialists” abound within the Democrat Party and its leadership, and work arm-in-arm with so-called Progressives.
All strains of Collectivism are inherently incompatible with Americanism (our Founding principles and structure).
Yes, when challenged, Progressives will obfuscate and evade that “inconvenient truth” of their anti-Americanism. But when we skillfully counter with history, facts and logic, Progressives will be unable to square the circle – they will be exposed as being anti-American.
“ … as an initial matter let us not dance around or mince words, but be resolutely clear: Progressivism is a political philosophy and movement that is inherently and irreconcilably anti-American; thus “Progressivism” is actually a code word for “anti-American,” and so those referring to themselves as “Progressives” are actually declaring themselves to be un-American.” – Communiques From The Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy
Most Americans are not anti-American, even many of the ones who gullibly believe that they’re advocating for “social justice.” Once broader and broader swaths of Americans come to recognize Progressivism for what it (actually) is, they will come home to patriotism, and vote accordingly.
The surprise election of Donald Trump – and resonance of MAGA – Make America Great Again – demonstrates the potential power of a “name change” for Conservatives. We reached a critical mass of a silent majority to get him across the finish line; only to witness the “Resist” brigades of Progressives in academia, the media and Democrat Party – and the Deep State – become vicious in their opposition.
Forcing them into a defensive posture of having to (try to) persuasively argue why they oppose Pro-Americans holds promise for adding to our ranks, and defeating them.
They intuitively recognize this vulnerability. The Progressives’ histrionics concerning President Trump’s recent unabashed declaration of being a “nationalist” evidences their sensitivity to even indirect declarations of embracing patriotism and embracing our Founding.
Let’s put the Anti-American Progressives in their place – we’re Pro-American and they’re not –and we should sing that fact to the heavens!
Pro-Americans vs. Pro-gressives. Bring it on!
*In a display of (their usual) cognitive dissonance, Progressives seek to discard the precepts of the Enlightenment and Western Civilization, except … for the European-originated tenets of Marxism, or of the Western precepts of equality between individuals, including between the sexes.
In other words, they have engaged in a la carte embrace of Western Civilization even as they despise it, and seek to dismantle it — intending our cultural deconstruction. This is consistent with their Marxist mindset. For the last several centuries (if not longer) the West and its developed civilization has been the most successful, ever.
Marxists – Collectivists instinctively and reflexively hate success, viewing it as inherently the result of some injustice. This applies whether we’re talking about individuals, countries or models of civilization and culture. Thus, just as they embrace a gauzy something called “social justice,” so too do they embrace some compulsion that “justice” will be served by toppling Western Civilization (particularly the inseparable Judeo-Christian influence upon its development). Deconstructing it. And replacing it with a Progressive utopia.
They just know that the “arc of history bends toward” their agenda, without contemplating how that can be without some force determining the direction of humanity. In their hubristic certitude, they fail to ponder what exactly is the force determines their arc; much less what its origin, what is its actual intent?
Of course we who adhere to the Judeo-Christian ethic know what determines our “arc of history,” and that there is an opposing force pursuing a different “arc of history.” And on which side we choose to align ourselves.
Mr. Wigand is the author of the book Communiqués From the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy, which is available on Amazon in both print and Kindle versions. Comments or questions for Mr. Wigand may be sentto: firstname.lastname@example.org— he will make every effort to personally respond to every email.