The other day Rush Limbaugh was trending on twitter due to yet another deliberate misinterpretation of something he said on his show. This time it was a remark taken out of context that we’re “trending toward secession.” What he actually said was a bit more nuanced than twitter can handle:
“I see a lot of bloggers — I can’t think of names right now — a lot of bloggers have written extensively about how distant and separated and how much more separated our culture is becoming politically and that it can’t go on this way. There cannot be a peaceful coexistence of two completely different theories of life, theories of government, theories of how we manage our affairs. We can’t be in this dire a conflict without something giving somewhere along the way.
I know that there’s a sizable and growing sentiment for people who believe that that is where we’re headed whether we want to or not. Whether we want to go there or not. I myself haven’t made up my mind. I still haven’t given up the idea that we are the majority and that all we have to do is find a way to unite and win.”
So actually he said something close to the opposite of advocating for secession. But secession aside, Rush is wrong on this. “We” meaning right leaning, generally conservative Americans with traditional ideas of American government and culture, are very much the minority.
I’ve been discussing this for years, that the country is in decline; not in the future but right now and it’s been going on for a long time. At least in my view, there are two major reasons for this:
- Demography Is Destiny. Demography is one of the key topics of this blog, at least as it relates to the political decline of the right and the ascension of the left. America altered its immigration policy in the 1960’s to really open up the country to the world, while at the same time, trashing the culture that pushed previous generations of immigrants to assimilate into “Americans.” The one-two punch of that is the addition of 50 to 60 million “Americans” who have little connection to historic America, it’s constitution, it’s hero’s, it’s tradition, it’s flag, or anything that helps define us as a people. So now we’re not a people, we’re at best, consumers, and at worse, a rabble of grifters, trying to extract as much from a dying country as they can while there is still something worth taking.
- Education becomes Indoctrination. And, at the same time we invited these millions of new immigrants into the country, and stopped insisting they assimilate, we also stopped teaching civics in school, denying the children of immigrants even a brief education in to what it means to be an American. But that’s not even the worst of it. The left’s long march through the institutions, and particularly the educational ones, that begin in the 1960’s has resulted in near total subjugation of higher education to leftist talking points and political correctness. Although no one is shocked by this, I never foresaw it being able to escape its academic confines into the larger culture. I assumed that new goofy leftist graduates would encounter resistance to their nonsense on day one of their entry into corporate America. That actually worked for years until the rise of Woke Capital. Eventually, all of that indoctrination paid off, and now corporate America is every bit a tool of the left as the news media and Hollywood.
The combination of these two (and not just these two but these are the biggest) trends has resulted in an America that is increasingly less American. Boomers have a difficult time with this, which may be why Baby Boomers like Rush simply can’t accept what’s in front of their eyes, because what’s in front of their eyes goes against their entire lifetime of experience.
As the late paleo conservative author Lawrence Auster would often say, “It’s their country now.” That’s been true for a while. Considering Rush’s health, maybe it’s a blessing if he never figures this out.