Conservative Confusion - Jen Kuznicki
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Last week, a tweet by Jonah Goldberg who is a columnist for the LA Times, earned the attention of the people at Life News. Goldberg said,

What he was referencing in that tweet was a comment made by young Tomi Lahren on Fox and Friends concerning the Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh on whether his appointment would be a referendum on Roe v. Wade. Watch:

Steve Ertelt of Life News with what both Tomi and Jonah said in that one tweet, but subsequent tweets showed Jonah rationalizing not only abortion for conservatives, but also the idea that atheists can be conservatives. Ertelt found no problem with the idea. It’s also worthwhile to note that Goldberg didn’t like the idea of being called a “Republican writer” by Ertelt, presumably preferring to be called a conservative.

All of this comes on the heels of big-named nominal conservatives suggesting that the Republican Party ought to lose in November because of Trump or something. :

The congressional Republican caucuses must be substantially reduced. So substantially that their remnants, reduced to minorities, will be stripped of the Constitution’s Article I powers that they have been too invertebrate to use against the current wielder of Article II powers. They will then have leisure time to wonder why they worked so hard to achieve membership in a legislature whose unexercised muscles have atrophied because of people like them.

and (whoever he is, I know..) saying:

That is why I join Will and other principled conservatives, both current and former Republicans, in rooting for a Democratic takeover of both houses in November. Like postwar Germany and Japan, the Republican Party must be destroyed before it can be rebuilt.

For what it’s worth, Dan Mclaughlin at National Review on Will, but the fact is, most of these people are well known and NeverTrumpers, and have been contemplating divorce from their previous groundings on the grounds that things aren’t going their way like they did during the Bush, McCain and Romney presidencies.

Everyone here can’t be right.

So, how do we figure this all out? And is this just infighting, or is everyone just bored, or are conservatives always doomed to fight against each other, hold grudges and never get anywhere?

Well, first of all, I wrote about the idea of the compatibility of conservatism and atheism when I was a columnist at CNS News. I invite you to read that piece here.

As for Tomi, I have been stopped from writing about her in the past for some odd, unknown reason probably having to do with a wish by some to stay away from criticizing a talking head that brings in the “millennials.” But Tomi has been clear that she supports abortion and she calls herself a conservative, and apparently berates other people she calls conservative for wanting to overturn Roe v. Wade. But I don’t give a rat’s ass about what Tomi thinks. I care about words meaning things and people being forthright.

What Tomi said about the Kavanaugh pick is kind of silly because Kavanaugh has strayed far enough off the reservation before, and it seems unlikely he would really dig in his heels over abortion. I say that not as a prediction, but because of a reading of his opinions with faulty logic. He seems to wish to be the smartest guy in the room by overcompensating through reasoning things that don’t belong, to come up with a different conclusion than everyone else. In short, he’s too smart by half.

By the way, I’m not a lawyer, but believe it or not, court opinions are written in English! Anyone who understands English can read them!

Now, the Republican Party has made the confirmation of Kavanaugh the end all and the be all, and if you say different you’re off the reservation and you deserve scorn. But who cares about them? This is one of the reasons I left the party in 2013, because no matter what, if you say a bad word while they are trying to win an election, it’s off with your head. I don’t care about the party, and patriots ought to make the distinction between the truth and pacification. There are too many Trump supporters who were supporters of him back when he was refusing to sign that stupid paper to stay loyal to the Republican Party, who will tear me a new one for hinting that Trump may have screwed up with his Kavanaugh pick.

That said, I do vote Republican, but I write in names instead of voting for RINOs or people I can’t in good conscience vote for. I did vote for Trump, and made the decision based on Orlando and because the thought of Clinton becoming president was too much to bear. The President has since found a supporter in me for the courage it took for him to do many things other Republican presidents would never dare do. That said, the trade war is a bad idea that hurts the people he believes it will help.

In case you don’t know what I believe about all this, I just gave you some background.

At any rate, I would classify Tomi as a Republican commentator, not a conservative, because, and this is a concept few people understand, not everyone who is a Republican is a conservative. How can this be? You’ve been told everyone on the right is a conservative and everyone on the left is a liberal! Let’s look at that.

I have made the case in the past to take control of the term, “liberal” instead of attributing it to people who are blown-out leftist freaks. But, since the game right now is played with those two terms, I’m forced to use the term, “liberal” to mean people who are liberal on domestic and foreign spending, debt, social norms, culture, and who mainly don’t ascribe to the idea of Israel being a needed (Biblical) ally, nor do they (many of them) believe showing strength brings peace instead opting to give away the farm to appease bad actors. Just off the top of my head, I think I covered most of it, at least you get the picture.

People who fall in the category of “liberal” though, are not all Democrats. Libertarianism has every stripe of the rainbow including anti-war, pro-abortion, and hatred of Israel, but they usually fall in the category of “fiscal conservatism.”

What I think some people who call themselves “conservative” wish to do, is to shed the impression that they are super-religious nuts, a characterization given to them by all the liberals, many libertarians included. To do so, they find caveats in solid principles where they can hide from being “one of them” you know, nutter-religious-types. For Tomi, it’s abortion, for Jonah, it’s the unwillingness to be firm, for Will and Boot it’s the blind-eye quisling kind of affinity for the establishment and ideological ignorance. Which brings me to Ertelt.

I believe Ertelt purposefully called Jonah a “Republican writer” as a slap against his conservative bonafides because he defended Tomi, who’s opinion on abortion is based on ignorance. Just like I call Tomi a Republican, and not a conservative.

But as I said in a tweet, I think both Ertelt and Goldberg are wrong about atheists being conservatives, as I explain rather plainly in the piece mentioned above from CNS News.

I said a lot more on twitter, and I encourage you to follow me, @JenKuznicki.

Two more things:

1) Tomi Lahren’s views on abortion are stupid and lazy. She is not a deep thinker, but a fast talker, who survives on air because everyone is afraid to make distinctions and die on a hill. That isn’t to say she has some good things to say, but if she’s going to be the go-to on abortion and conservative thought, she ought to realize she’s in over her head, and beg off the questions.
2) If an atheist can be a conservative, and the founding of the nation most closely aligns with conservative thought, where do atheist’s rights come from?

Final thoughts: If everyone’s a conservative, nobody is. The word must mean something. My line is on the belief in a higher power. With that, you see the right to life in the founding document the Declaration of Independence, as well as a variety of conceivable references to a deity. As Madison said, men are not angels, but we have to have men govern other men. For the best results for all, we must then have a check on government. That is the people. Who is the check on the the people? God above.

It’s an interesting thing, everyone wants to be a conservative. Why? If I say an atheist isn’t a conservative why do they get angry?