Opinion | The End of the Two-Party System; New York Times

Eventually, conservatives will realize: If we want to preserve conservatism, we can’t be in the same party as the clan warriors. Liberals will realize: If we ant to preserve liberalism, we can’t be in the same party as the clan warriors. — David Brooks, New York Times

I don’t remember seeing the term “clan warriors” before Brooks used it here. It’s a great phrase and I’ll add it to my lexicon. — MHP

6 comments

  1. I read…somewhere….a description of Trump as “the first Independent president.” It’s possible. He’s certainly not a dyed-in-the-wool constitutional conservative (though his acts are far more plain-vanilla conservative than outlandishly revolutionary, even if his tweets drive people nuts). He’s not beholden to either party since neither really supported him. He’s a Republican, sort of, but the Republican establishment holds their noses… which is exactly why his fans are his fans. That, and the tax cut.

    There are valuable lessons here, perhaps, but people need to get around to learning them. The frantic effort to “stop Trump” especially by any means necessary is damaging the country far more than Trump himself could. The persistent attempt to find some reason—any reason—to link Trump to some low-budget Russian hacking isn’t going to get rid of Trump, it’s just going to make people even more resentful, suspicious and disinclined to believe anything that comes out of…well, anyone’s mouth. It’s not helpful.

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  2. I found “clan warriors” just a clever but dodgy way to say “tribalism,” which has become the predictable and tedious insult hurled by the NeverTrumpers of National Review at supporters of President Trump.

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  3. Tribalism plays all different ways: it’s worth knowing that it exists as a human default mode mostly so that one can check it in oneself. But it doesn’t explain everything.

    Today, I was listening to a bunch of commentators talking about the late Rev. Billy Graham on NPR. They were lauding Graham per but dissing Graham fils as “too tied up with the Republicans.” Nowhere was there any indication that, while Republicans may have changed, Democrats changed too. That never seems to be part of the conversation: the possibility that extremism on the left (accompanied by insults) may have made conservatives disinclined to even consider having a conversation with a Democrat.

    I don’t know why the progressives at NPR don’t think of this. Maybe they just don’t get out much. Maybe they don’t have ordinary conversations with normal, everyday conservatives and/or Christians. I am blessed to have frequent and affectionate contact with both, so I know that the ends we seek are pretty much the same. Ordinary conservative or Christian Americans are not, for example, hell-bent on oppressing me as a woman. Indeed, they express enthusiasm for my ministry as a law enforcement chaplain, hardly a “traditional” female role. I’ve never heard any of them suggest that men should control women. When they object to abortion, it really is because they consider the baby a vulnerable human being whose life ought to be protected and nurtured.

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  4. Chaplain Kate wrote:
    Today, I was listening to a bunch of commentators talking about the late Rev. Billy Graham on NPR. They were lauding Graham per but dissing Graham fils as “too tied up with the Republicans.” Nowhere was there any indication that, while Republicans may have changed, Democrats changed too.
    I listen to NPR. They seem to be very self-unaware as to their leftist bias.
    When Billy Graham was in his prime, there were progressive Republicans and conservative Democrats. What started the realignment was when the Democratic Party started kicking conservatives out. With nowhere else to go, conservatives took over the Republican Party and started kicking leftists out.

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