There are many reasons the Right, in spite of the Republican Party’s electoral successes, steadily loses ground to the Left with each passing decade. The Left controls all the elite institutions that bestow praise and lay blame in America. It has a clarity of purpose, a resolve, and a ruthlessness that are generally lacking on the right. Most important though, it is the Left’s moral framework that is authoritative. Their pieties rule and are enforced by conservatives and liberals alike.
Nearly everyone in America either believes in or defers to the Left’s hierarchical politics of victimization. According to the country’s official …
This article appears as “The Rival Constitution” in the March 9, 2020, print edition of National Review.
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