There has been a lot of digital ink spilled over the past couple of days regarding the NFL players taking a knee during the national anthem. There’s clearly a lot of people that are very offended by it, but this article isn’t going to be about that directly. Sure, it was the intent of Colin Kaepernick to do something that many people would find exceedingly vexing to draw attention to his cause (which was the whole Black Lives Matter movement, but that has also been lost in the whole kerfluffle). The First Amendment says that the government can’t make you salute the flag. The NFL could enforce their rules, and they probably should, but that’s not what I want to talk about either, because it’s not even been a week and that’s been done to death.
The real reason this is a problem is because it’s an assault from the political left on our culture as Americans. The SJW’s have invaded yet another space and are demanding that everybody virtue signal for the right causes or else. No matter how you feel about the US Flag and the US Anthem, it’s an important part of the national culture. And this has all been kicked into overdrive since Trump made his opinion on the matter known. And now, we’re seeing a never ending series of people dropping to their knees to virtue signal that they hate Donald Trump.
And here’s where we get to the heart of the matter. Conservatives and Christians have been losing the culture since the 1960’s. Every time there’s a new front that opens, we fall back. Churches lose their tax exempt status if they say something that upsets a politician, and it’s just accepted, and we fall back. Abortion is shoved down our throats, and we fall back. The government taxes us to pay for abortion, and we fall back. Prayer gets thrown out of public schools and we fall back. Christmas becomes a hateful word, and we fall back. The government takes over health care, demands we pay for abortion and abortifacients, and we fall back. Marriage – a sacrament of the Church – is taken from us and perverted in ways that the Church can only consider to be heresy, and we fall back. Lets face it, our backs are to the wall. Barack Obama wanted to “fundamentally transform” the United States, and this is the sort of transformation he was talking about. We are looking at the very realistic possibility of a Post-Christian America, where the history that we had, that tells us who we are and where we have come from, is wiped out and the shiny new Secular Utopia comes into being. Confederate statues being wiped out, our national symbols and traditions ceasing to matter, the left is actively trying to wipe out our cultural memory so that they can reshape us into something new.
And sometimes, cultures die. Sometimes, I look around, and I certainly feel like maybe I’m just a relic of a time long since passed. I see “Conservatives” taking shots at Donald Trump when he says something right, but just in a way that they don’t approve of, and that’s why we keep losing these fights. “Conservatism” is dead in the United States, and it’s because it has become infested with Cheese Eating Surrender Monkeys who would rather go down to a glorious and noble defeat than push back against the enemies of western civilization for risk of offending them. But here’s the thing – if you’ve felt the despair at seeing your culture thrown away and thought you were the last man left who cared, it turns out that you are not alone, there’s more of us than we get credit for.
And that is why the time has come for the Hard Right. Conservatism is dead, and while we may continue to use the term “Conservative,” the movement that used the name has become so infested and overrun with quislings looking for a communist to surrender to, that it is no longer salvageable. The way forward is The Hard Right Manifesto.
So, why does the whole taking a knee thing matter? Because we aren’t willing to fall back anymore. Welcome to the Hard Right.