Bill Whittle is a clever, erudite and indefatigable proponent ofliberty and limited government. His latest PJTV video, entitled “Support Your Local Tea Party: Vigilance & The Siren Song of the State,” is a must-see, especially if you’re on the fence about attending a Tax Day Tea Party near you.
Whittle’s video and the political movement it endorses are incredibly important. At the 2 minute 30 second mark, however, note his list of fields “the enemies of freedom have … taken over.”
“Things have gotten this bad because we’ve allowed them to get this bad. We’ve been busy minding our own business for forty years, while the enemies of freedom have slowly and surely taken over academia, newspapers, movie studios, comedy, music, and politics. Now a huge slice of our own people long to escape the responsibilities brought on by the freedoms our forefathers gave their lives for. We can’t let that happen.” [emphasis added]
As usual, Whittle’s analysis is spot on, but one of those fields doesn’t quite jive with the rest. Everything that Whittle ticks off in his list influences that final item. Politics is a lagging indicator to these cultural influence professions. You can’t change Washington DC and expect New York and Hollywood to follow along. In fact, New York and Hollywood will fight you every step of the way.
We can and must elect politicians who understand the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. We can and must work to affect public policy through political activism. That, unfortunately, will not change “academia, newspapers, movie studios, comedy, [and] music.”
In fact, while we express ourselves at the ballot box every two years, the “enemies of freedom” express themselves every day in stories, movies, television shows, music, lesson plans, academic researc,h and reporting that reinforces the longing “to escape the responsibilities brought on by the freedoms our forefathers gave their lives for.”
We must have more than just ballots in our arsenal in this battle of ideas. Voting is one way to resist those who would enslave us to the state, but it cannot be the only way. We must support those who seek to foster a culture of liberty and personal responsibility through the cultural influence professions. We must build what S. T. Karnick has described as an Omniculture.
We currently live in a monoculture dominated by the Left because, as Whittle correctly notes, “We’ve been busy minding our own business for forty years.” We’ve been telling folks who express an interest in creating films, television, novels, poetry, or visual art, that they should “get a real job.” Michael Medved, the self-proclaimed “cultural crusader,” told an aspiring screenwriter that he’s “wasting his time.”
Given how effective Medved’s show has been at limiting the scope and growth of government, it seems the person really “wasting his time” is not the aspiring screenwriter.
We cannot win the battle of ideas if we refuse to enter the field of battle. If people refuse to be politically active, would we ever expect politics to change? How, then can we expect to build a culture of liberty and personal responsibility if we treat the cultural influence professions as unworthy of our time and effort?
Isn’t it just as important to support those who want to work in Hollywood, New York, and in academia as it is to support those who want to work in Washington DC or in the state capitols across the nation?