Once again, one of my favourite quotes from C. S. Lewis, from That Hideous Strength:
If you dip into any college, or school, or parish, or family–anything you like–at a given point in its history, you always find that there was a time before that point when there was more elbow room and contrasts weren’t quite so sharp; and that there’s going to be a time after that point when there is even less room for indecision and choices are even more momentous. Good is always getting better and bad is always getting worse: the possibilities of even apparent neutrality are always diminishing. The whole thing is sorting itself out all the time, coming to a point, getting sharper and harder.
One of the things that comes out as the wheat and the tares comes into their final form (and it becomes impossible to be deceived by the poisonous tares) is the fundamental core of of conservatism: power worship.
George Will is a good example of this maturing process – or, perhaps, the fall of the masks. The Death of Conservatism, by Paul Gottfried, outlines this process by which Will did whatever he needed to do to stay in the good graces of The Anglophile Establishment he so revered, eventually ditching all that nonsense about God and the Natural Order and the changelessness nature of marriage.
So, what’s so conservative about the man – or, for that matter, conservative parities and politicians across the West?
Well, they have a great need to Enforce Order and Obey the Leaders and Respect Wealth and the Upper Class, I suppose. They’re really big on Centralized Power, Authority, and The Law – as defined by the Proper Authorities. And finally, the Anglophiles like to talk a lot about Historical Foundations, and Due Ceremony, and Changeless Rituals – something about “keeping the form, while raping the substance.”
No believing Christian need regard a conservative as anything else than a power-adoring pagan – with different fetishes than liberal power-adoring pagans, admittedly, but fundamentally the same thing.
“Repent, or face the judgement of God!”
and not just in the next life, either:
God is a lot more active and dangerous than that!