The Cult Of Milo, How the Alt-Right is Destroying the Conservative Movement
What is a conservative? One may look to the issue of defense or economic liberty or limited government as issues that define what conservatism is. However, the one thing that has separated and elevated the cause of conservatism against that of the left is the preservation of traditional values. Milo Yiannopoulos has emerged in the public as the face of the alt-right movement and a so-called champion for conservatism at the mainstream level. His popularity has been fueled by his vulgar and shocking displays, rather than an ability to display intellectual conservatism in his speeches. His career, however, is on the ropes now.
Disinvited from CPAC and losing a 250k book deal, prominent conservatives are now rejecting Milo. The origin of the backlash stems from the emergence of a video in which Milo defends pedophilia concerning the sexuality between men and boys. His comments in the video are both disturbing and disgusting. The fact that Milo, prior to the video, was announced to be the keynote speaker at the American Conservative Union’s annual Conservative Political Action Conference, the largest gathering of conservative grassroots activists nationwide, is symbolic of the strong influence the Alt-Right has in the modern-day conservative movement.
The preservation of traditional values is core to the preservation of a moral society. It was John Adams who said that “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” Traditional values mean preserving the family and promoting the morals found in the Judeo-Christian tradition. The Alt-Right and many Republicans have compromised on this foundational conservative principle in support of a man who embodies the immoralities that defy Judeo-Christian values. His speeches have been less about conservatism and replaced with shock and awe one-liners. The substance of his speeches are rooted in racism and nationalism, and if he continues to be the standard bearer for conservatives nationwide, the movement will lose its spirit.
The future of the modern conservative movement, if it is to stay true to the vision of the founders of the movement such as William F. Buckley, Barry Goldwater, and Ronald Reagan, must abandon figures like Milo Yiannopulos or risk destroying a movement that still believes in the moral goodness of America. Freedom, and the preservation of freedom, comes with a responsibility that requires an obedience to the traditional values which shaped the founding of our country.
Conservatives have always been those who stood against the moral decaying of society defined as progressivism. It is the conservative who understands that traditional values are what make America great. Traditional values are what separates conservatives from the Godless Left. Republicans across the country need to wake up and denounce figures like Milo and figures from the Alt-Right. Once we lose our values we will lose our country and then we will lose our cause.
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