Friday, August 08, 2008
The new 'Young Turks' are here.
PUNKS. Hotair points today to a new voice for conservatism but can't quite bring himself to acknowledge just how significant it is. Reflexively, defenseively perhaps, Ed Morrissey feels compelled to introduce a filter that keeps him in the role of critic looking down:
Okay, I chickened out. He's also a musician, devoted to rock and roll. rap.
alternative fusion. The sound quality isn't great yet, but he'll figure it out.
Something amused me about this beyond the sloganeering, which belies some of the more thoughtful videos at his MySpace TV channel. It was the way he kept looking from side to side while talking about conservatism. It reminded me of conservatives in Minnesota ó furtively checking from side to side while talking politics, making sure that neighbors and fellow parishioners hadnít overheard the conversation. Thatís obviously not whatís going on here, but it certainly looked the same.
Okay, Ed. I understand that you're "amused" and superior to even "the more thoughtful videos" at his MySpace page. Congratulations.
Except that you're not superior to the young man who calls himself Zo. None of of us old guard, old fart conservatives are. Since I took the first link, I have watched every one of his videos, and I am in awe of his talent as an empirical political philosopher, a natural communicator, and an intutitive theologian. He's a student of history and an ingenious master of common sense metaphors (which can be some of the hardest to come up with) and political commentary that slices deftly through rhetoric to the subtext of many of our national discussions. One-liners fall easily out of his videos, but he's not thinking in one-liners. He's only closing on them in the way that a product of the new media knows how to put a period on a point well made.
Conservative and Republican candidates in every election campaign should be required to watch every one of his video performances. He makes the big differentials between conservatives and liberals meaningful in personal terms, and he also demonstrates how to translate those differences into understandable policy positions. He also gives the best sermon in defense of the authority of the Bible I have ever seen delivered live and not in the pages of a very dense book of theology.
For those who understand the origins of this site, this is the kind of youthful rebellion and revitalizing outburst we have been waiting for. As I write this, I still haven't decided which piece to link above. (Now I've decided. His music.) What I have determined is that I will list every single video he's made below. They're ALL worth watching all the way through. This is how we get our inspiration and our sense of mission back
Republicans and Democrats.
Racism & Illegal Immigration.
If Obama offered this kind of hope, he wouldn't be sagging in the polls.
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