Thanks to Jeff Poor for posting this healthy chunk of audio from Mark Steyn's stint on Rush yesterday. It's about winning back the culture from the default liberalism in which (to use Steyn's words) we all swim:
Click for a partial transcript, including this:
“If you just say we’re going to retreat, and we’re just going to discuss getting this or that congressman elected, then the sea that your children swim in and the sea your grandchildren swim in will be liberal, and it will be impossible to elect genuinely conservative candidates,” Steyn said.Steyn says we haven't lost the war yet but we've got to fight back by "playing big."
Here's something I've wondered myself:
What's the point of picking Paul Ryan as your running mate and not fighting a big-picture election on where America is?Shaking my head. The choice of Ryan felt a little like a bait-and-switch move to lure in disaffected conservatives. Maybe it would have worked better if Ryan had been more Ryan-y.
If you can stand to contemplate 2016:
The next time round we deserve a candidate who fights a big national campaign on the existential questions facing the United States.Sooooo . . . who's psyched for President Jeb Bush? [Insert primal scream here.] (I don't want to get into 2016 talk at all, except to say this: Mike Pence.)
Back to Steyn, about four minutes into the audio:
It's absurd that the Left has managed to take over Hollywood. It's one of the reasons, by the way, that Hollywood is in the toilet, it's kaput. I said on this show a couple of months back that I think in the end all effective story-telling is conservative, because it's about consequences. You make a decision, you make a choice, and you have to live with the consequences of that choice. And the Left says no, no, no, there are no consequences to anything.Listen to the rest. You can read more bits and pieces from yesterday here. Okay, one more:
They say there's nowhere to cut to avert the fiscal cliff. Really? The cost of flying, staffing and entertaining Barack Obama is more than every European royal house combined. This isn't even a partisan thing. When you're broke, the guy in charge should cut back. Why does Obama have full-time movie projectionist on staff around the clock? Is it in case he wakes up at 2 a.m. and wants to watch 'The Ice Follies of 1939'Mark likened this absurd presidential perk to the British monarchy's Groom of the Stool. Viva Steyn!
More on the importance of story-telling: After the Crack-Up
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