The Historical Illiteracy of BuzzFeed Politics

NRO's Charles C.W. Cooke gives the BenSmithing BuzzFeeders more credit than I ever would. He thinks they're just dense.

I think they know exactly what they're doing:

Demographics might well cost the Republican party the future, and conservatives must address this if we wish to stay relevant. But we should also ensure that the historically illiterate don’t cost us our past as well. In the comments section on BuzzFeed, one woman rants about the “Republicans” being responsible for “Jim Crow,” and a man says that the GOP should be banned because it’s always on the wrong side of history. The temptation is to look at this and ignore it as meaningless pop-culture silliness. This would be a mistake. Conservatives and Republicans have for too long ceded pop culture’s influence to the Left. If we continue to allow progressives to construct a linear historical narrative that casts conservatives and the Republican party as the villains in every piece, we can kiss goodbye to ever winning a national election again.

Because detestable, unAmerican identity politics won Obama a second term, the media's about to ensure that identity politics stay with us for a very long time.

Naturally, identity politics is just another excuse for stripping individuals of their individual rights in order to appease left-wing special interest groups with free goodies like birth control and food stamps.

Sandra Fluke's right to have her lifestyle subsidized by the rest of us now trumps the First Amendment right to religious freedom. 

 


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