This morning I posted a brief explanation of why I think 2014 might be the year of conservative victory. A friend of mine shared with me (as well as in the comments) another conservative who agrees with me. Ben Shapiro writes:
This does not mean the battles are over for conservatives. They’re just beginning. The media have already geared up toward nominating Hillary Clinton in 2016 (The New York Times whitewash of Benghazi this week was only the beginning). The DC-run Republican Party has a disheartening way of crippling its own conservative base in order to cut deals. But 2013 could go down as the year that conservatives moved beyond standing athwart history shouting “stop,” and began shoving in the opposite direction, which could make 2014 historic.
What is especially encouraging about Shapiro’s piece is that he does not use virtually any of the reasons that I give; he puts forward other arguments. In fact, he barely mentions Obamacare, and doesn’t mention the NSA or the unstable economy at all—my three basic arguments for our triumph in 2014.
Instead, Shapiro argues that we are seeing Conservatives win social victories in the country because the Obama campaign of 2012 really has pushed us as far as we are willing to go.
2013 marked a turning point. From Chick-fil-A to “Duck Dynasty,” conservative religious Americans found their footing: Whether you are for or against same-sex marriage, it is plainly un-American to override someone’s religious beliefs in the name of your politics. Conservative Americans seemed to realize, for the first time in a long time, that the battle over same-sex marriage came wrapped in a larger battle over religious freedom. And they fought back, and won.
Similarly, Shapiro believes conservatives are through being intimidated on the false-charge of “racism.” After seeing blatant hypocrisy on such issues from Martin Bashir and Melissa Harris-Perry, and being told that “Chicogo” was a racist reference, they simply stopped caring. “Race, the right realized, was an obsession only for the left.”
Likewise, “the war on women,” is not cowing conservatives into submission. Shapiro alludes to the many anti-abortion victories conservatives are winning in the states.
Beginning with the left’s attempted deification of amoral Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis, who filibustered for 11 hours on behalf of the murder of 21-week-old fetuses, the right refused to be cowed. Abortion is a real moral issue with real lives at stake, and no amount of leftist badgering could back conservative Americans off their attempts to protect the unborn.
The leftist immoralist cultural juggernaut that seemed to be flexing its muscles during the 2012 campaign (where Romney steadfastly refused to make speak out on “moral issues.”) is weakening fast.
All this points out the brilliance of George Orwell’s insight: “Whoever is winning at the moment will always seem to be invincible.” Obama and the Democrats aren’t winning anymore. Suddenly we can see they are not invincible, no matter how powerful they seemed only a year ago.