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!
Exactly right. We have now institutionalized "The 7 Deadly Sins" as a nation. Whether you look at it from a religious standpoint or not, the "7 Deadlys" are a good road map on how NOT to live, and yet in every case they are what drives us as a nation now.
“What difference does it make?”
It was the second Darrin Stevens (Dick Sargent) who was gay. So was Robert Reed ("Mike Brady".) However, I don't know about Alice (Ann B. Davis.) Nancy Kulp (Jane Hathaway) on "The Beverley Hillbillies" was also gay. Someone I was surprised to learn about was Raymond Burr. It wasn't obvious with him.
It’s not about nParty; it’s about Principle.
If the best the Republicans can do is become Democrats on social issues, they won’t hold the line on fiscal issues for long, either. And I, for one, won’t need them.
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.
Exactly! Obama got a lot of minorities to get out and vote in the 2008 and 2012 elections. Those folks stayed home in 2010, and likely will do the same in 2014. Unless the Democrats find another 'Obama' in 2016, I think they're gonna find it WAY more difficult to win. Even a woman won't necessarily do the trick, unless she's also a minority, because the Democrat women have always turned out to vote for their candidates. It was the increase in minority voters that got Obama over the finish line in front.
That would be the 2nd Darren Stevens on Bewitched.
Another screen "heartthrob" who kept in the closet for a long time was Richard Chamberlain. Remember him?
Unfortunately in order to outrage they’ll keep lowering the bar. Age of consent is next.
They want our children. Americans are in the process of shrugging their shoulders about that, too.
Finally, it will be cannibalism and that’ll will be okay, too.
I think you are spot on. I was disappointed when Herman Cain went down in flames. I was also disappointed that Alan West of Florida was not selected as the VP candidate. As Herman Cain said, "I can get 1/3 of the black vote". How many other minorities? I really hope tha Biden takes a shot at the nomination. Old, stupid white guy with a mean streak - thats a formula the Republicans can run against.
I don’t want to sound anti-black but even the Demcrooks keep their minorities in the shadows till its time to intimidate whitey out of his tax dollars or rights. In Illinois we had several competant D crooks but these days blacks are to be seen not heard from, D politics here is a white thang.
"Dick Cox!" What's on your mind, anyway?
Dick Sargent, the second Darren, was gay.
Dick York, the first Darren wasn't.
They are all dead now, except maybe the Tabithas.
Well, sure, that is what always happens.
Political parties, movements, ideologies go too far and alienate the public, which turns against them.
They can do a lot of damage along the way, though.
Just when I was getting over Rock Hudson ... Liberace ... Richard Chamberlain ... I mean who knew? Now, Gomer Pyle? On Superbowl Weekend?
Heavens to Betsey! I may have the vapours. You're right. These fellows should stay in the closet.*
Not that there's anything wrong with being a God-Cursèd Pervert!
“Unless the Democrats find another ‘Obama’ in 2016, I think they’re gonna find it WAY more difficult to win
... I really hope tha Biden takes a shot at the nomination. Old, stupid white guy with a mean streak - thats a formula the Republicans can run against. “
Biden doesn’t have a chance. Nor do any Republicans in 2016. The demoncrats will nominate Hillary and she will ride thru the supposed glass ceiling to win in 2016, reflecting the sad state of affairs that America has become.
Once they're finished with the "playing Gay" part, they're off to sanctify sex with the children they've been abusing for decades, with society.
It's already being written about and you'll soon be being pushed to accept sex between men and boys, dittos for the women, though I don't think they're quite as eager to push across the line with little girls.
This has always been the goal and one wonders what on earth the media has pushed the envelope so strong against the Priest "scandals" except to destroy the Catholic Church in general.
Why else do you think the huge push to "normalize" gay Scouts but especially gay Scout leaders, if not for these leaders to have their pick of cub Scouts.