Behold American conservatism:
…They write laws to codify bigotry against people whose sexual orientation they condemn. They throw the members of a punk rock band in jail for the crime of being provocative and vulgar and for having the audacity to protest President Putin’s rule…
(See also the take-down on Alternative Right.)
Funny, I don’t remember John McCain officially having his little-homo-bluegrass-player moment yet. Maybe I missed it, or maybe they’re not even bothering with formal announcements of apostasy anymore. After all, America is our religion, and publicly-sanctioned sodomy and blasphemy are core American values. As Edward Feser said about that other case, “I would say that Bottum isn’t being true to his religion, except that I suspect that he is.”
By the way, on the eve of the 2012 election, here was Jerry Salyer rootin’ for Putin:
Of course I’m not claiming Russia’s rulers actually do their duty, much less that they do it well; I am saying that however unscrupulous, Machiavellian, and power-hungry they may be, they are at least vaguely aware of what their duty is: To preserve the nation. This stands in stark contrast to Western rulers, who feel it their duty to destroy their respective nations so as to make way for a Brave New World.
In other words, Vladimir Putin is not really detested among our elite for his sins but for his redeeming qualities. As we live in an age of liberal hegemony, Putin is hated for not being yet another groveling overseas yes-man for the Beltway establishment; as we live in an age of absurd militant tolerance, Putin is hated for not renouncing the very notion of a particular Russian identity; as we live in an age of Alan Alda, Ashton Kucher, and the metrosexual android from Star Trek: The Next Generation, Putin is hated for appearing somewhat like a man.
That last is worth emphasizing: The New York Times can’t stand Putin not because he’s a corrupt man, but because he’s a corrupt man.
As for his KGB ties, the outrage is hardly due to the KGB’s role in promoting godless Marxist revolution. The real offense is that the KGB played a role in Russian nationalism — one of the few sane features of the Soviet mind and empire.
Yes, please do color me un-American, for actually, no, I don’t lie awake at night lamenting the shortage of gay pride parades in Moscow. Nor do I lose much sleep fretting that, in the event “we” fail to take a strong stand, feminist punk bands throughout the world might lose their Soros-given right to bust into churches and shriek sacrilegious obscenities at the altar. Nor do I patriotically yearn to see Pushkin and the balalaika finally and irrevocably supplanted by Coca-Cola and Lady Gaga.
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