OCALA, Fla., February 28, 2014 — Figuring out what women want has long been a conundrum for the opposite gender. For the Republican Party, however, it has become something close to nightmarish.
With women playing a more prominent role not just in electoral politics, but also political activism and punditry, issues which relate to them garner immense attention. This has left the GOP at a challenging crossroads; confronted with the decision of placating its fundamentalist Christian voting bloc or acquiescing to the demands of late-period feminists.
In such a situation, little ground is left for the voices of moderation.
Regardless of one’s views, it is undeniable that many across the country fear certain conservatives are attempting to erode women’s rights. What should conservatives do to increase their share of the female vote?
“I doubt they can do much,” John Derbyshire explains to Communities Digital News. One of America’s more notable conservative commentators for decades, Derbyshire became a virtual household name in early 2012. This is when he was fired from his longtime post at the National Review.
To make a long story short, his termination came about after alleged anti-racist activists took issue with one of Derbyshire’s articles. The piece dealt with black race relations and human intelligence. Although it was not published in National Review, the publication’s editors let Derbyshire go all the same.
Such a development prompted extensive criticism, and for many highlighted the increasingly waffling nature of center-right institutions.
“Women are just like that,” Derbyshire continues. “One thing we might try would be putting some alpha males up front, instead of mealy-mouthed cringing betas. Conservative strategists should all study the Chateau Heartiste blog, though without telling anyone they are doing so.”
Dr. Paul Gottfried is an outspoken paleoconservative intellectual who recently retired from Elizabethtown College. His observations of the human condition have generated both accolades and animosity. Having befriended such figures as Richard Nixon and Herbert Marcuse, Dr. Gottfried’s views are not always easy to pin down. Perhaps the only constant is that he calls the shots as he sees them — with no apology.
“On social questions,” Dr. Gottfried says to CDN, “I shall confess to being an unqualified reactionary, but here too I look back nostalgically to the Democratic Party of my youth (which naturally I hated back then), which was the party of ethnic Catholics and Southern white Protestants.
“Although the Democrats then were in the pocket of the labor unions and already in transition to the collection of lifestyles radicals and government employees they’ve become in the last forty years, on ‘family issues’ they were still solidly conservative. It was the Northeastern Republicans, not the labor-union Democrats, who were the social progressives when I was growing up.”
Looking beyond hot-button social issues, is there a serious chance that movement conservatives will split from the GOP during the years ahead?
“They already have,” Derbyshire claims. “Barack Obama won the 2012 presidential election because Mitt Romney had little appeal to conservatives, so they stayed home. Romney lost **Iowa**, for crying out loud. By six percentage points!
“That’s a passive kind of ‘split from,’ I’ll grant. A better candidate might have done better. Will movement conservatives actually break off and form a party, contesting elections against GOP candidates? I don’t see it. The corporatist lobbies that fund the GOP need to be put in their place, but that can only be done from within.
“Resistance to Cultural Marxism is already feeble enough. Splitting conservatives off from the corporate shills would further enfeeble it. If Churchill could join with Stalin to fight Hitler, there must be some way conservatives can work with Chamber of Commerce suits to break the Cultural Marxist stranglehold.”
Dr. Gottfried “fully understand(s) all the obstacles the kind of party [he is] advocating would face from the media, educational establishment, and the managerial state. Yet a party that could both resist PC and govern is conceivable if the GOP is willing to change some of its allies.
“Republicans must become less the party of the Bush family and more the advocate of the Florida Panhandle. It should leave Wall Street to the Democrats, where it’s moving on social issues in any case.”