| The inability to grasp and defend the values underlying the individual rights foundation of the U.S. has been the Achilles heel of the Republican Party leadership for over 100 years. Time and again they have failed to understand that political rights require a moral foundation so that individuals can live in an unfettered manner. Because of this they are unable to challenge the idea that one person’s need is a valid reason to force another to provide for that need. Among numerous other policy defeats, this is why they lost the battle over Obamacare. They were unable to challenge Obamacare’s moral underpinnings. To do that would have required them to say:
“There is no right to healthcare. To make healthcare a right would necessitate forcing some people to pay for other people’s health care. That is immoral because need does not constitute a right.”
This weakness existed in the days of Teddy Roosevelt in the early 20th century when he launched the Progressive movement, and it is there today paralyzing Conservative leaders in their efforts to challenge the newest Progressive media sensation of 2019, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Since her election in 2018 Ocasio-Cortez has made many verbal gaffes, but continues to push an openly socialist platform and the destruction of industrial civilization via the Green New Deal. The key to her continuing influence even amid her many gaffes came to light with her comment during an interview with Anderson Cooper of 60 Minutes:
“If people want to really blow up one figure here or one word there, I would argue that they’re missing the forest for the trees. I think that there’s a lot of people more concerned about being precisely, factually, and semantically correct than about being morally right.” (emphasis added)
This is why no matter how absurdly impractical Ocasio-Cortez’s and other leading Progressives proposals are, they are still seen as representing moral ideals to strive for, and why even though the Green New Deal was recently defeated in the Senate, it will be back in one form or another. Subjugating the rights or income of the individual to the “greater good” or the “General Welfare” or “Mother Earth” are sentiments the Republican leadership cannot challenge because they themselves also believe in them. This continually undercuts their effectiveness to initiate pro-liberty policies. Because of the Republican leaders inability to challenge her moral outlook of self-sacrifice for “society” or “Mother Earth” they are left trying to argue against them in economic terms or proposing watered-down versions of Progressive-initiated proposals. These losing tactics have led to Conservatives continuing to cede the high moral ground and thus their inability to legislate meaningful reforms to any welfare state programs currently operating.
(For details on the lack of a proper philosophic foundation to support Conservatism see: “The Decline and Fall of American Conservatism,” by C. Bradley Thompson, 2006, The Objective Standard.)
Thankfully, there are pro-liberty cultural critics such as Alexandra York who fully understand this weakness. York has been defending the moral principles needed to support the individual rights foundation in a free society as a Newsmax columnist in addition to her work as Founder and President of American Renaissance for the 21st Century (www.art-21.org). She has also infused her works of fiction with the moral values needed in a free society. She has published three novels to date: ADAMAS, The Innocent, and Crosspoints: A Novel of Choice.
To defend liberty and Western civilization it is imperative that “we the people” understand and defend our fundamental values. And no value is more fundamental than that of free will. Contrary to what is being taught on most college campuses today, we are more than members of a specific race, gender, or group that determines our identity. We have free will and the ability to choose our own values and determine our own destiny. In Crosspoints, York presents a spirited defense of free will that is both timely, timeless, and a wonderfully soul-nourishing read. If you like the review of Crosspoints that follows, then I urge you to read that work and any others of hers that you can get your hands on. You will not be disappointed. (For my review of her novel ADAMAS please go here, and for my review of The Innocent please see the customer review: “Beautiful Innocence vs. Mafia Ugliness,” here.
Founder and President, Restore Our American Republic, LLC