Chances are you’ve seen the Young Con Anthem rap that’s been making the rounds the last week or so, but if not you can find it here. (I tried embedding it, but it didn’t work. Sorry.)
I think this neatly encapsulates the main incoherencies of contemporary conservatism (and, by extension, liberalism, but that’s not imporant for our purposes at the moment). They criticize government for dictating how people should run businesses, but then thank Miss California for “reminding us of marriage,” which implicitly endorses government interference with a far more intimate aspect of our lives. Further, they say that “government spending needs to deflate” but readily celebrate the biggest government program of all, the military. Sorry, but you just can’t be a credible advocate for smaller government without wanting to see substantial cuts in military spending.
Finally (and my personal favorite), they say that the three things that taught them “consevative love” are “Jesus, Ronald Reagan plus Atlas Shrugged.” I don’t think there are two thinkers in the history of the world more diametrically opposed than Jesus and Ayn Rand. One said that it was easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to get to heaven and the other published a collection of essays called The Virtue of Selfishness. Any movement predicated on this mishmash of contradictions must, like a union of matter and anti-matter, explode.
Cross posted at my personal blog Rough Ol’ Boy.