January 28, 2016–Here in America, as in much of the Western world, social conservatism is terribly uncool. No, it’s worse than that: It’s socially toxic. Traditionalists, we are told, are stiffs, fools, knaves, and uptight busybodies who want to butt in on everyone’s lives, micromanaging them to death.
Even worse, the conventional wisdom goes, social conservatives are also bigots. They are serial micro-aggressors, espousing horrifying ideas that could “trigger” some harm to innocent victims—like, say, rich kids at colleges costing $65,000 a year—causing them to assume the fetal position, craftily claim they’re too traumatized to take an exam they actually forgot to study for, or embark on a disastrous student cafeteria chocolate cake-eating binge.
For a few prominent social conservatives, sadly, this reputation is somewhat earned. But here’s a wild and crazy thought: What if the rest of them are on to something—and what if the real social micromanagers are on the other side of the aisle?