Blaire White is a man who pretends, or, worse, believes he is a woman. This sort of thing is not these days unusual.
The twist is that White says he is a “Transgender conservative commentator” (emphasis mine).
In line with what are often considered conservative views, White (according to Rational Wiki) says “‘transgenderism is a mental illness’ and that transitioning is ineffective for most people”, and that there can be a “cure for transgenderism”.
White insists there are “only two genders” and that forcing “transitioning” on children is abusive.
For these and other true remarks, White has been excoriated by the standard shrieking realityophobes.
On the other hand, White also insists that he should be called “she”.
Not too long ago, White was outside wearing a MAGA hat and was roughed up, he says, because of it. The details can be found here. Of the event, White tweeted,
“If you would have told me 2 years ago that it would be conservatives rallying behind me this week after woman called me a man on a show and I was assaulted on the street, I would NEVER have believed you.”
Our second anecdote is an article in the Washington Post in which Adam Falk, president of Williams College, argues the “real threat” to free speech on campus is not bloody-minded realityophobic stage-rushing violent progressives, but is instead “provocateurs”.
Falk writes that the Bell Curve’s Charles Murray is (among others) a “prominent conservative”. Among other liberal propositions, Murray supports the anti-reality position that two men can be married, going so far to lecture CPAC on the point. Murray’s cardinal sin is to deny Equality
One last anecdote. Do a search for the exact term “the conservative case for”, letting the search engine supply subject. On the first page alone, there is “the conservative case for SSM”, “universal health care”, etc., all articles written by pundits considered to be conservatives.
These representative stories starkly illustrate that the term conservative is dead.
As can be gleaned from examples like those above, not all, but a good many conservatives are persons who believe today what progressives believed yesterday. Conservatives of this stripe aren’t averse to following behind progressives in the Grand March forward, they only wish the pace wasn’t so quick.
The death of this word is why, if you believe Truth is a constant and cannot undergo revision, it is best to be a reactionary and not a conservative. If there is a better word for those who hold to and seek the timeless, I do not know it.
In a fascinating interview, well known historian John Lukacs answers a taken-aback progressive Bill Moyers:
JOHN LUKACS: I know. This is part of my very old-fashioned and reactionary sentiments.
BILL MOYERS: Reactionary? You’re not a reactionary.
JOHN LUKACS: Oh, I’m a reactionary, rather than a conservative. Yes.
BILL MOYERS: What’s the difference?
JOHN LUKACS: Well, especially now in this country, the conservatives are just extreme progressives, they really are not interested in conserving old liberties. They are interested in making the world or actually making the universe safe for democracy, their brand of democracy. And they are interested in development, Star Wars, they are saying they’re against big government but they’re very much in favor of big government and extreme application of the American military presence all around the world…
[Conservatives] believe that it is the destiny and the fate of the United States to impose its values and standards and to extend its interests over vast portions of the world.
BILL MOYERS: And what’s wrong with that?
JOHN LUKACS: Every nation has a particular destiny that is circumscribed by its history, by its geography, by its interests. This is not a cruel and realistic view. This involves a certain amount of humility, or at least a lack of presumption. As John Quincy Adams said, “We are friends of liberty all over the world, but we are not in search of monsters to destroy.”
BILL MOYERS: What’s your definition of a reactionary, which you call yourself?
JOHN LUKACS: A reactionary is somebody who thinks the clock has to be put back sometimes.
Alas, Adams’s position is in the grave next to conservative. The American State Department exists to seek out and destroy monsters.