The original name for this web site was “The Conservative Gentleman”. That was so many years ago I can’t quite remember the date of its origin nor do I want to spend the time plowing through the archives to pinpoint it. Ostensibly the site was created to publicize the eponymously titled book I was writing which itself metamorphosed and went unpublished for some years and is now, “A Father’s Guide To Raising Conservative Gentlemen (And Saving America At The Same Time)”.
After awhile, the nature of my writing for the site became rather disassociated with conservative gentility in favor of commentary on the news of the day from a conservative point of view. Even that changed over time however until now what is written here reflects my personal take on things from a Peter J. Fusco point of view based on my own philosophy as it has evolved. I don’t think you can pigeonhole much of it as conservative or libertarian. Maybe it could be defined as liberationist. I don’t know and I don’t care that much anymore since I no longer believe in political labels of any kind.
It seems to me, defining a liberal is easy, but what really is a conservative? I don’t think the term can be defined by those who claim it as their political philosophy. John Boehner is most certainly not a conservative although he would like you to think he is. Nor are Eric Cantor and the Republican elite in general. They besmirch the term as I understand it which is why I am no longer willing to be labeled a conservative. I think I’m much more.
Stuck as we are with the term, it has lately been posited in some corners that what conservatism lacks is coolness. The Democrats have their cool in the media, Hollywood and the secular society where being bad is good. Conservatives have nothing like that. There is no way Mitt Romney can be seen as cool since there isn’t a bad bone in his body. With the exception of a claim he bullied a gay student while in high school, a claim for which he was excoriated by the uber-gay tolerant media, Mitt Romney’s worst coolness offense may have been his total competence as a businessman and leader.
Cool is a function of perception, nothing more. Liberals are seen as cool because they do all the wrong things, then say they’re sorry and go into rehab. They’re the “bad” people as in bad boys. Mindless boobs like bad people very much. They emulate bad people because, well, it’s cool to be bad. Hip-hop and the hordes following that wretched deference to black people as art is proof enough.
It’s cool to party so heavily your nipples slip out of your dress or your caught with the wife of an associate. It’s even cooler to have a sex tape or exhibition of nude selfies find their way into the public domain. On the political side of things, it’s cool to demand the world address global warming when it is clear they who are demanding care nothing at all for the facts and fly around in their own carbon-gushing 737s to prove the point they are the world’s greatest hypocrites.
But conservatives can be cool too by being genteel in a very tough way. It may start with fashion. Too much skin showing…uncool since you can get better stuff on a million porn sites if you’re inclined in that direction. Conservative women can exude cool best by being what they are, smart, witty, beautiful and sexy. It’s pretty hard not to be smitten by a Laura Ingraham, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Megyn Kelly and yes, Ann Coulter if you’re a man with any kind of self-confidence. Their kind of cool requires a man equal to their level of intellect. I just don’t see how a liberal man would be up to the challenge of bedding any one of them. What line could he possibly use? “I think we should all pay more taxes and just trust President Obama.” Not likely to work. Nor I expect would talking politics at all. It looks to me like if you want to have a relationship with a conservative woman, you’ll have to ring her chimes in a hundred other ways than politically. Conservative women, that’s real womanhood. They are cool because they seem cold. What is more sexy than being cold in public, but hot as fire in private?
For men, aside from fashion in an elegant, somewhat formal way, being conservative cool means being in the faces of the opposition. No fear! When a liberal comes at you, being quietly genteel is not being genteel at all. A gentleman fights back. He becomes the quintessential bad boy by getting right up in a liberal’s face, but it’s qualified by his bearing, like a knight errant willing to take on anyone and proving it each time he is challenged. A man’s badness is directly proportional to the size of the pile-on set against him. And one more thing to all those conservative fops who believe talk has more value than action, women, and it doesn’t matter on what side of the aisle they are on, harbor a deep respect, if not lust for a real man, one who takes no crap when his righteous sensibilities are challenged or assaulted.
Under the umbrella of “The Conservative Gentleman” I see heroes, precisely the kind this country needs. We are American men and we are, or at least we used to be, the envy of other men all over the world. We were the baddest asses ever created and when we went toe to toe with an enemy it was out of a sense of righteousness. All the crap about imperialistic America is a scheme by the weakest part of our society to take revenge on those who are what they would love to be, but cannot. They prey on a hopelessness they know is the easiest means of controlling the masses. It is a putrid method used by failed societies throughout history, the antithesis of what America really is which is why it hasn’t worked and also why the resistance against it is growing.
My suggestion is that we bring back the cool to what is intrinsically coolest, the traditional American way of life. And I suggest we do it in precisely the same way the opposition does it, by building a media empire so powerful it drowns out the opposition’s.
Obviously there is an appetite for just that. Look at the numbers because they do not lie. Every movie with a theme of American courage and bravery, every one with a deeply religious theme, every television program that puts decency, goodness and even Christianity at the forefront is successful. Duck Dynasty comes to mind quickly, making for many a statement about real men and real women. Every one of the Robertson women is beautiful and they do not eschew a playful sexuality though it is always within the context of their marriages. Phil Robertson’s admission of a misspent youth only bolsters his persona as a rough and tough man who found Jesus, accepted His word and is willing to bring it to others both receptive and not. Miss Kay’s recent admission that she was pregnant before her marriage to Phil only underscores the idea that while we all make mistakes, there are lessons in courage and faith that go along with rectifying them. Even literature suggests the same with Bill O’Reilly’s series as well as Rush Limbaugh’s remarkable success with his Rush Revere books.
The left’s lock on the media is slipping, and they know it. But beware their cooption of righteousness for the secular left will stoop as low as it takes to undermine the message by slyly suggesting righteousness is another word for evil or by belittling it to the point of irrelevance.
Nevertheless, people are proving with their wallets how much they wish to be distinct from the images of typical America as imposed by the radical coasts. With movies like “God Is Not Dead” championing a strategy of counterpunching, the liberals who have long been in control of the mass media message are finding it more difficult to justify their kinds of undertakings to the suits and bean counters putting up the money to finance them.
The pendulum is swinging the other way, but it takes people with vision and the courage to push it along to make conservatism cool again. It is no time for compromise, it is time for war with one goal, victory. The left has stretched itself too thin, much of their message is considered old and repetitive. There is nothing that sounds the death knell louder for a particular way of life in America than a notion whose time has passed. The age of cool conservatism is upon us, it is the responsibility of a new generation to, as Captain Picard was fond of saying, “make it so.”