Why ‘Aw, Shucks Conservatism’ Utterly Disqualifies Any GOP Politician

In a recent article critiquing the political right from a fair outsider’s perspective, Abigail Shrier discusses what she calls “Aw Shucks Conservatism.” Shrier writes this disposition’s core mistake
is that it treats Leftist ideologues like quirky out-of-town guests arriving for brunch. It assumes we all want the same things and are equally devoted to the perpetuation of bedrock American commitments: free speech, free exercise of faith, equal protection, rule of law.

But the Woke are not zany guests. They are home-invasion robbers. The structure they intend to leave behind will contain but a handful of the cultural artifacts they encountered. Bringing down statues of Abe Lincoln, books by Dr. Seuss and schools named for the country’s founders? That’s just their casing the joint. The large-scale heist hasn’t even started.

To some, this might sound like hyperbole. It is in fact a nearly identical description to that the New Left themselves use to describe their goals. One example of many is “antiracist” grifter Ibram X. Kendi’s proposed “Department of Antiracism” and accompanying constitutional amendment that would subject every U.S. law, including the Constitution, to utterly unaccountable far-left bureaucrats. Here’s another.

“Unlike traditional civil rights, which embraces incrementalism and step-by-step progress, critical race theory questions the very foundations of the liberal order, including equality theory, legal reasoning, Enlightenment rationalism, and neutral principles of constitutional law,” explains a 2012 college-level textbook on the ideology from New York University Press.

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