WASHINGTON, September 27, 2017 — The late conservative provocateur Andrew Breitbart famously said, “Politics is downstream from the culture.”
In other words, by the time conversations concerning war and peace, immigration, the proper role for government in the lives of a free people enter the public square for debate, the transmitters of approved culture—film, television, popular music and sports—have already informed society what is and isn’t acceptable politically and socially.
But today, public approval for the U.S. Congress has dropped to 16 percent as Republican lawmakers refuse to repeal unpopular Obamacare or enact tax reduction legislation.
ESPN’s sports-business reporter Darren Rovell tweets that internal National Football League memos say T.V. viewership is down 11 percent. The league is in denial, saying, “It is worth noting that we see no evidence that concern over player protests during the National Anthem is having any material impact on our ratings.”
Public trust in print and electronic news media is at an all-time low, with circulation for newspapers dropping another 8 percent this year.
And movie theaters saw a 6 percent decline in audience size last summer.
Whether it’s the knee-taking malcontent millionaires of the NFL, a millionaire late-night comedian crying in defense of Obamacare, or last November’s Democratic millionaire loser of the presidency, average Americans are paying less and less attention to their cultural betters.
And their cultural betters are seriously pissed.
When those millionaire football players kneel before the beginning of each game, they aren’t protesting the National Anthem, the American flag or racism.
When Jimmy Kimmel says repeal of dictatorial Obamacare is so hateful it makes him weep, his hissy fit isn’t aimed at Republican lawmakers.
When Hillary Clinton blames misogyny, racism and fear for her loss, she isn’t aiming her shrill condemnations at Donald Trump.
These cultural transmitters are aiming their disdain and frustrations at you. You’ve broken the cycle of cultural colonialism and cultural authoritarianism.
MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski recently, if accidentally, said it best. She expressed her concern that President Trump was “trying to undermine the media,” which she insists is his attempt to “control exactly what people think.” She added, “and that is our job.”
Actually, Donald Trump is only an expression of what America thinks. That’s because we—the lovers of Old Glory in the “land of the free and the home of the brave”—ARE the only transmitters of American culture.
In the end, that is OUR job.