For too many years, Conservatives have been going along to get along. It has led us to a position where the balance of ideas is one-sided, and it is becoming more difficult to voice opinions that aren’t part of the “political mainstream.” And as that “stream” becomes more of a swamp by the day, it is not only a duty to begin the fight back; it is a necessity.
Picture Albert Camus’ Myth of Sisyphus, forever condemned to push his rock in an uphill struggle, only to have it roll back down for him to begin again. It can become a maddening theatre of the absurd. Much like the unfortunate hero in Camus’ 1942 classic, Conservatives are not an easy group to push over the hill and break:
“At each of those moments when he leaves the heights and gradually sinks toward the lairs of the gods, he is superior to his fate. He is stronger than his rock.”
And this is where the voices of true Conservatives are needed; to remind us that we are greater than the challenge and that though there are hardships, the “struggle itself toward the heights is enough to fill a man’s heart.”
Where are Our Heroes?
What voices speak for the common man (and woman)? And who is willing to shoulder the burden of stone? There are, sadly, only a few who are willing to put their heads and hearts above the parapet and risk all in defending what can be so easily lost in only “one generation” as Ronald Reagan so aptly said.
We know who the brave men and women on the front line are; they are our president and those who side with him against a complicit media and a corrupt system of governance that exists to perpetuate itself. But where would the president be if it were just him and a lone Twitter account? What are the president’s support structures and who are the people who are getting the Conservative message out to the people?
The Good Guys
Working for years in the shadow of the hill like Sisyphus, with their nose to the grindstone, are websites in the digital publishing industry like Whatfinger.com. (Yes, Whatfinger as in Thumbs up or down and of course the well known New Jersey state bird.) Despite the many modern-day obstacles that do not tolerate conservative thought, an aggregator site such as this becomes a key factor in bringing the message of conservatism back to the forefront of modern politics. It is a forum to showcase the myriad little guys out there who are giving voice to new ideas, challenging the elite media and doggedly pushing out news and information as well as analysis that may not otherwise be seen or heard.
Let’s be real: We are involved in a political war of ideas and argument, but the other side cannot tolerate us so they shut us down in every digital way possible and it’s coming at us daily from almost every angle. Whatfinger.com Founder and Editor recently told Liberty Nation:
“That’s a big difference actually if you think about it. The left wingers, they want to control the message completely. They don’t want opposing views. We’ll let the opposing views through and let you decide what’s right and what’s wrong.
Regarding our site, we’ll let opposing viewpoints in, but I’m going to say, if something is fake news, we call it fake news. We have a quarantine section where we put specific sites that almost always have fake news, and the bias just oozes from them, so we call them out. We’ll still let people read it, and we’ll tell people, but we’re going to label them as fake news and biased and left wing, and that’s fine. So that’s different right there from places like CNN. They won’t even let your voice be out there.”
If our ideas as Conservatives are good, they will grow, but this cannot happen in a vacuum. Strong voices are needed to push and share these concepts in faith that they will be refined, polished and become more effective than before; for this, we need organs of output.
This is why conservatives must band together as a community, helping one another to roll that ball back up the hill. Perhaps it is high time we move from the dark predictions of Camus to another great philosopher – Aristotle — who recognized the power that comes from the synergy of individuals working together when he said, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”