Will Americans ignore the price of meat, gas and houses for a culture war?
Most won’t, but Biden only needs to turn out the ones he will. Unable to run on accomplishments, his administration is going all in on the culture war. Normally it’s the opposition that launches a culture war. Deprived of political power, it conducts an insurgent campaign to delegitimize the ruling party, substituting culture war posturing for substantial accomplishments.
But, as the media likes to say, the old political norms are going out the window. These include the notion that the ruling party has the power while the opposition party has the rhetoric.
Biden’s Philly red-light fascist posturing and subsequent appearances are a signal that the ruling party intends to launch an insurgency against the non-ruling party. That’s the sort of behavior that we associate with fascism which, in its bluntest sense, is about the unapologetic use of power to consolidate a society and a nation.
Biden and the Democrats, we are told by the Democrat media, have discovered a threat to the nation that must be urgently countered. The threat is not military, it’s a cultural threat. Why else emphasize MAGA? If you’re going to fight a culture war, you need to define a cultural enemy. Having made life much worse for Americans, Biden is resorting to the culture war to profit from that misery. When times are bad, tyrants can take their moment to exploit the fear, uncertainty and anger. And direct it at cultural enemies.
This all comes from a very familiar playbook. The question is how many people will still fall for it. But when a society is sufficiently broken, cultural wars become more definitively appealing. Paradoxically, the practical issues are subsumed in a broken society where no one believes that anything can be made to work anyway. Unless the cultural enemies are defeat.
That’s how Afghanistan and most failed states are. When we came in promising to fix things, no one believed us or cared. They were too far gone for that.
The Left is hoping that America is also too far gone. And if it’s not too far gone yet, they intend to make sure that before too long it will be.