I’ve been trying to think of a different way to get my friend to understand at least some of the reasons that those he believes should be conservative allies in fact are not. Perhaps this one will do the trick.
Let’s assume–for the sake of argument–that Conservatives have been fighting a war for The Culture against Liberals. Let’s also recognize that it’s becoming more accepted as fact that Liberals won.
I think that’s wrong. From my perspective: It would be more true to say that those we call Liberals were fighting to occupy Conservatism, and that’s what they won. They didn’t take over the whole culture, but rather took over what is considered Conservative. This is discombobulating because Conservatives have been told that they are fighting for The Culture overall, and so there’s a lot of effort to win external victories; victories “out there”. Meanwhile; the base was sapped…infiltrated…hacked.