What exactly is it that current self-styled Conservatives want to conserve?
Certainly not truth. Definitely not reason. Nor the rule of law. Absolutely not election integrity, or the concept of one citizen, one vote. Or the peaceful transfer of power. Intellectual freedom is out, as are science and mathematics. Separation of church and state? They have succeeded only in separating themselves from the Constitution’s clear and unambiguous text.
The truth is they seek only to “conserve” white privilege, social Darwinism, predatory (non-competitive, self-defeating) capitalism, arrogance and factual ignorance.
They view even basic decency as weakness and human empathy as infirmity.
Above all, they seek not to “conserve” freedom.
American freedom has never before meant abdication of social responsibility or disregard for the safety and rights of others. Freedom has never meant porcine selfishness. Quite the contrary. American personal freedom has consistently stood for a willingness to sacrifice for other Americans.
They call themselves Conservatives. But they have rejected our majestic eagle of freedom in favor of a self-soiling, stench-wafting, oblivious hog on its way to slaughter.