I was talking to a buddy and marveling at how much of a tectonic shift there has been in party politics 20 years.
Me, a Conservative in 2001, watching 9/11: “I’m a patriot. I’m Army ROTC, I want to do my duty and serve my country and defend America and the principles of liberty.”
Me, a Conservative in 2021, talking to my son when he says he “wants to be a warrior” when he grows up: “If you are a patriot, don’t join the military. You will spend half your time being shown PowerPoints on anti-American Marxist propaganda just to be sent to some far away shit-hole country for a boy raping goat herder to blow your legs off in an endless war, just so some fuck-ass boomer general from an Ivy League can guarantee himself a 7-figure salary at Raytheon when he retires. You’re too important for me to have someone else throw your life away for that.”
My principles didn’t change.
The institutions have been so corrupted that as a Conservative I can’t support them anymore.
And the ultimate evidence that Left corrupted them is just how much they defend the institutions.