Skip to comments.Jim Nabors and How Liberalism May Win Its Way to Defeat
Posted on 02/02/2013 5:55:43 AM PST by Kaslin
Is Gomer Pyle one of the Four Horseman of the Liberal Apocalypse?
The superficially surprising thing about last weeks announcement that Jim Nabors had married his boyfriend of four decades was not so much the nuptials themselves I always felt Gomer was just going through the motions with Lou-Ann Poovie. Rather, it was the cultural reaction to the news that a huge star back in his day had decided he would tell even if we didnt ask.
There was no reaction. America, including conservatives regardless of their feelings about gay marriage, collectively shrugged their shoulders and generally wished the elderly singer/comedian well.
Thats it. No outcry. No furor. No TV preachers bemoaning the coming of Sodom II: Red, White and Blue. Nothing.
Lets face facts. In many ways, the liberals cultural narrative has prevailed regarding gays, minorities, and the role of women (including single mothers). Thats not to say that conservatives are somehow anti-minority or anti-women the Democrats have pushed that nonsense even as they eagerly embraced the likes of Exalted Cyclops Robert Byrd and noted feminizer Ted Kennedy. Now, states are allowing gay marriage not just via liberal judges but in the right way through referendum and legislatures. Whether conservatives like it or not, the narrative the liberals have marketed themselves as backing is largely winning. And its potentially a big political problem for liberals down the road.
Back in the Sixties when Gomer Pyle, USMC, was a network smash, liberals werent just busy waving VC flags, dropping acid and mumbling Groovy. They were embarking on an ideological course that would help to hobble them with the electorate for a generation.
As crime exploded and riots wracked the cities, the liberal mandarins decided that the causes of crime and riots couldnt possibly be anything as mundane as criminals and rioters. No, the problem was society, by which liberals meant everyone who wasnt a criminal, a rioter or a liberal.
They meant us.
The American people were somewhat taken aback. In fact, this Silent Majority was loud and clear about what they thought of this and other manifestations of the liberal social suicide pact when took the White House aback as well, electing Richard Nixon twice.
It may be hard to believe for people who didnt grow up before Nirvana and flannel shirts were things, but once upon a time Republicans could reliably beat Democrats about the head and shoulders with a club labeled soft on crime. Moreover, pompous liberal doofuses like Michael Dukakis would walk right into the trap, for example, arguing that complaints about programs that furloughed convicted rapists to rampage again could only possibly stem from racism. Dukakis, the poster boy for the robber slobbering, was notoriously unable to even summon up even faux anger at a hypothetical criminal hypothetically attacking his wife. No wonder he lost.
It was Bill Clinton, that wily Arkansas politician, who figured out what was remarkably clear to everyone else except his fellow liberals that criminals were scumbags and the political price of excusing their depredations was not even remotely worth paying.
So, Governor Bill Clinton allowed his state to execute a lowlife cop killer despite the usual chorus of whining from the left. And when he became president, instead of treating policemen like goose-stepping fascists out to oppress the downtrodden, Clinton reassured the mommies in suburbs across America that he would protect them from the criminal element by famously putting 100,000 cops on the streets.
Liberals had embraced the conservative agenda that the cause of crime is criminals, and that the proper response to criminals is not soul-searching introspection into how society has victimized these unfortunate souls but, rather, to consign them to our dungeons for long periods without a hint of regret. By figuratively tossing criminals into jail and throwing away the key, the Democrats freed themselves from the soft-on-crime ball and chain.
As America coalesced around the conservatives views on crime, the Republicans lost perhaps their most potent political weapon.
Flash forward two decades as the Republicans still search for a weapon of comparable power to the mugger-hugger imagery that served them so long and so well. Sure, the tax and spend charge is nice, but it just doesnt have the same visceral impact as a Willie Horton.
In 2012, the Democrats certainly had a field day beating on the Republicans, but this time it was on the cultural issues that America for better or worse seems to have made up its mind about. Its not a perfect analogy liberals really did, at some level, believe criminals were victims while modern, mainstream conservative dont hate gays or minorities or women or want to keep Kevin Bacon from dancing.
All their work over the years to normalize homosexuality, to promote acceptance of minorities, and to redefine the roles of women has succeeded. The liberals have largely won these fights to the extent they were even being fought other than on some issues regarding gays. But that success may turn out to be a problem for them in the coming years.
After all, besides savaging Republicans for all sorts of imagined oppressions, what more remains for the left to talk about? Republicans are too sensible with our money? They want America to be too powerful and too free? Maybe immigration, except the Republican establishment is generally so eager to reform the system that Obama seems to be trying to torpedo the entire endeavor in order to keep it around to milk with chants of ¡Sí se puede!
Whats left after the cultural issue scourging strips away the issues that most Americans hate? What remains are positions most Americans love?
In future elections, the Democrat desperately seeking to tar his opponent as anti-gay, anti-minority or anti-woman is going to have to contend with a Republican who is gay, a minority, a woman or even all three. Then what will the Democrat have to talk about? His partys record on job creation? Ha!
Politics arent static people and societies change, and what is a powerful line of attack in one election cycle may very well become a hackneyed cliché in the next. The fact is that even many conservatives are slowly embracing the cultural consensus or just conceding the field by figuratively muttering Whatever (although how society is generally moving in a conservative direction on issues like life and religion is another subject entirely). Pretty soon, the liberals tired attacks on conservatives as culturally out of touch may draw shrugs instead of votes.
One moment, the liberals have harnessed a powerful meme; the next, its gone in a puff of smoke. As Gomer Pyle might say, Shazam!
“The author seems to assume that collectivists come to a point where they will quit advancing their endgame.”
I agree. If there will always be groups that reject ‘gay marriage’, the state will always be there to punish them when they reject whatever impossibility the state is calling marriage at the time. I just don’t see them putting down that whip. They would only put it down if everyone eventually accepts ‘gay marriage’, and for many religious groups this will never happen.
The major reason ‘gay marriage’ is such an issue is because the state has the ability to punish those who disagree with the definition it uses to recognize the institution.
I agree, but let me recast that statement in a more general fashion:
Liberals, with the unwavering support of the MSM, have learned to "win" arguments in the arena of public discourse. That is a far cry from saying that their "winning arguments" are correct and make our nation a better place. Quite the opposite. Many of their "winning arguments" will ultimately lead to failure by having a high cost and devastating consequences for our society and nation.
The most infuriating truth is that, again with the unfailing support of the MSM, liberals will be able to successfully blame Republicans for massive problems that liberals really caused. We can only hope that disengaged, low-information voters will start listening to the correct message and assign blame where it really resides: with liberal/progressives.
Yep - and we don't remember hearing him getting in our faces about it.
You are absolutely correct! I have a Masters in Biology and have been teaching it for almost 30 years. It has always been completely illogical to me that "gayness" could be anything other than a choice. A gene for homosexuality would not have been "selected for" because, until the advent of modern fertility methods, two homosexuals could not produce a child.
Well, to me, that’s exactly what the statement you have a problem with, said. Using different words but meaning the same thing. Clinton was entirely a politician, not a crime fighter in the least, is what the statement said to me when I read it. So when I read yours, it served to reinforce that point, rather than “correct” the statement.
It was Richard Cox who was gay (that’s right, Dick Cox), who was the 2nd actor on Bewitched to play the role of Elizabeth Montgomery’s husband, Darren.
Did you see John Kerry? He served there, you know.
Gays might be the last hurrah for white libs, let us be honest the down trodden non-whites and their race politics are not fetching in the least. Beyond the mesiah mulatto teleprompter actor the bench is thin.
You may be right about most of my statement being, basically, a re-wording of the author’s comments, but...
when reading that part about “criminals were scumbags”, I felt that the author should have first defined Clinton as being one of those scumbags. But, the author makes is sound like Clinton was doing the right thing as opposed to his fellow liberals.
Why be surprised when this old pole smoker announces his gay marriage.
Everyone knew he was a fag for years.It was no surprise.
Half of our entertainers are queer, men and women.Hollywood has been a queer and pedophile town since the 20’s.
The only actors and actress’s who make it in that town without laying down on the job are the relatives of others. Nepotism is rampant.
Gomer was lucking he had Sgt Carter instead of R. Lee Ermy. “I’m gonna’ cut your ......”
Actually I thought Gomer Pyle had married Rock Hudson in Las Vegas many years ago.
That wasn't the point of this article.
The author's only point was that in carrying out an execution during his campaign, Clinton neutralized the "Democrats are soft on crime" charge that Republicans had so successfully used in the past against them, taking it off the table.
Likewise, conservatives shrugging their shoulders over Gomer Pyle's gay marriage is hurting the ability for Democrats to utilize the "Republicans hate gays" charge.
Nooooo!!! How could I see Jean F’in Kerry while I was in Vietnam while he was on all those secret missions to Cambodia?
And anyway, Kerry served his four friggin months in 1969. I saw the Road Show in Christmas 1971, the same year Kerry hurled his medals (a lie), testified before Congress & called those of us who were still there war criminals & babykillers. I didn’t hear of Kerry at the time but I knew about the VVAW & their commie propaganda. What had me seething then as now was Jane Fonda & her treasonous trips to Hanoi & isn’t it a crying shame there are homeless vets while this shameless b!tch is living large I’d better shut up now before I get banned!
FWIW, I flew helicopters & got close to the `fence’ just once (FB Katum), it was like the surface of the moon looking into Cambodia that place is godforsaken to this day.
Thanks for reminding me of Hanoi Jane. I had almost forgotten about her for a couple of minutes. :)
2nd one - Dick Sargent was. So far as I know Dick York was not.
I agree with the swinging pendulum political theory. Also that it will take pain to reverse its swing this time with the momentum built up from freebees. I know even if it meant not seeing liberals pay the price I would fight losing of our rights from the left or right. You do bring up an interesting point that when the SHTF voters might select a guy that promises to make the trains run on time, or revenge on whatever group can be blamed.
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