Thursday, December 30, 2010

The End Of Social Issues & The Last Republican

Francis Fukuyama famously wrote an article later turned into a full length book "The End of History And The Last Man." Buy it by clicking HERE. Be forewarned: it contains a lot of Heidegger. To MC's mind, not a bad thing but surely not to everyone's taste.

His critics mostly misunderstood his thesis but proceeded to take it to task nonetheless.

Consequently, MC feels (a dreaded word, really) that its critics will do the same with this post. So be it. MC is up to the task.

What, then, are the social issues? The tiresome ones, of course. Abortion, same-sex marriage, and, well, that's it, isn't it?

Abortion will never be illegal in America. No, the analogy to slavery is not apt. Conservatives should shun ridiculous groups like Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life. MCCL is mostly concerned about paying its ossified staff good salaries. They save no unborn. They take you for and treat you as suckers. Do not enable the charade to continue any longer. Give your money and time to the the Catholic church or any other legitimate group that reaches out to real women in real distress. You will be doing good. Don't forget to try to act like Christ either. Tough sledding but that's what you signed up for.

Same sex anything: it's over. Isn't it slightly creepy that some care about how others achieve sexual satisfaction? The marriage debate is real and MC is not for same-sex marriage but really, if civil unions flourish, who cares at the moment? MC favors social change organically, to use that silly word. Put it to a vote. Then follow what the people say. More or less, this is a good guide to social comity.

MC supposes this approach would defund the silly Minnesota Majority, which, apparently, exists only to raise money to pay its lone staffers Jeff Davis and Dan McGrath. Readers, send them no money at all. And voter photo id? A solution, as Joe Mansky said, in search of a problem.

The left was mightily disappointed in the lack of right wing outrage when DADT was repealed. Do they not understand that their favorite enemy, Dick Cheney, has an openly lesbian daughter in a committed relationship and has come out, so to speak, in favor of same sex marriage? In this Mr. Cheney is ahead of MC. Go figure! The military concerns, to be sure, are of a different order yet MC could not help but think that if those exceptional Israeli soldiers have no problem, why should we?

The point of this post is that no matter what one may think about this or that issue, the social issues as we once knew them are over. Indiana governor Mitch Daniels said as much recently and this generated a small boomlet in the the blogosphere. Michael Barone weighed in and dismissed it all as so much nonsense. The American people, the ones the left professes to love and care for but mocks at every opportunity, have moved on.

They want jobs, less government, less debt. The left can mock them all it wants in order for their dwindling numbers to feel better about themselves.

But, paradoxically, it is the American people who have now put the knife to social issues they themselves have outgrown. Can the blood suckers on both sides of the aisle do this?

One can hope.


Anonymous said...

First of all, Jeff Davis works diligently at Minnesota Majority as a full time volunteer. He puts in 40 hours a week, minimum and draws no salary whatsoever. My own modest salary is about 3 to 4% of our typical annual budget.

Besides our core grassroots organizing and education mission, Minnesota Majority is behind, and is a principal organizer of the Minnesota Budget Solutions Coalition which produced the only comprehensive plan to solve last biennia's $6.4 billion budget deficit without raising taxes (, the No Cap and Trade Coalition (, and Election Integrity Watch ( That coalition backed a $50,000 voter education campaign, deployed thousands of poll watchers and 50 volunteers to staff an election incident reporting hotline.

Minnesota Majority has conducted the most comprehensive independent audit of Minnesota’s election system ever undertaken, backed and got an election administration bill passed UNANIMOUSLY in both chambers last session.

We research bills and inform tens of thousands of members statewide on what their legislators are up to and provide tools to make grassroots involvement in the political process easier. We provide an annual, comprehensive legislative scorecard that covers the most diverse array of votes to give voters a clear picture of legislators’ overall records.

We provide advice and assistance to other non-profits and are among the forerunners in conservative coalition building in Minnesota.

We're also among the principal organizers of the state's largest annual conservative gathering, the Jason Lewis Tax Cut Rally ( Sure, John. We don't do anything but pad our pockets.

What have you been up to?

Dan McGrath

Anonymous said...

Could not disagree more

Anonymous said...

Rather than pick at the individual [and uncharacteristically unreasoned, IMHO] disagreements you provoke here, I would like to ask why you seem to believe that candidacies and governance have to choose one path or the other? Most Republicans share the same positions on the social issues AND the fiscal issues. Add in the "national security conservatives" and you have the third leg of the three-legged stool which is the Reagan coalition, and all are required to win. Most Republicans are all three, and there is no reason, IMHO, why we should bother to forsake any one of them except as a matter of momentary emphasis or opportunity. For example, I have long advocated that those for whom social issues are paramount should back fiscally conservative candidates so as to deprive government of the money and power to corrupt our social fabric. That's a pretty fair description of where we are at this point, yes?

J. Ewing