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How Tucker Carlson redrew the battle lines
The other night, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson arrived at Tucker Carlson’s house, Edible Arrangement in hand, looking forward to a friendly visit.
Moments later, Carlson brutally murdered him. It was quite a scene.
As bits of cantaloupe and Asa’s DNA dripped down the walls it was clear that the affable, Southern statesman was sacrificed for the edification of conservatives who wander as refugees in a dark and surreal 2021, so violently beset by bizarre and retrogressive messaging and actions that they’re not sure which way is up.
Carlson set them straight.
Hutchinson, of course, is alive in reality but may be flat-lining politically.
He went on Tucker Carlson’s show to defend his veto of a bill which would ban gender reassignment surgeries and hormone supplements for anyone under 18, also known as children.
The impetus for the bill, apart from the obvious, was an American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry study that states 90% of young adults who are at some point gender dysphoric will eventually identify as the gender they were assigned at birth.
In other words, boys go back to being boys and girls go back to being girls.
The tragedy playing out all too often is that these kids make permanent, drastic changes to their bodies while experiencing gender dysphoria and then are stuck with the changes when they return to their biological genders. It is horrifying to imagine.
Hutchinson defended his veto by saying that parents were involved in “very difficult decisions.”
Astoundingly, he even cited Ronald Reagan and William F. Buckley as conservatives who trumpeted the “limited role of government,” a mantle Hutchinson claimed with his opposition to the legislation.
That was a mistake.
Hutchinson had redrawn the entire argument as a referendum on conservatism. He clumsily posited to Tucker that a core tenet of conservative ideology is that the state should avoid interfering with the harm of children. Harm based on shaky, ever-changing science and often in disagreement with established evidence.
So Tucker Carlson smote him right there and then for all to see.
Carlson called the governor uninformed and misinformed. He suggested that corporate interests were pressuring Hutchinson and accused him of being on the side of harmful if not deadly medicine.
Why, Tucker pressed him, if children have a right to make such decisions, does the state interfere with their similar “rights” to drink? Get tattoos? Engage in sexual relationships? Or smoke cigarettes?
Since the inception of his primetime show, Tucker Carlson has never gone so hard at a guest for so long as he did at Asa Hutchinson. He beat him relentlessly.
Why would Tucker maul such a good, lifelong conservative with a ferocity from which he has spared his ideological opponents?
It is in fact because Hutchinson is the model of a good, lifelong conservative that he was brutalized. The governor is an apt standard bearer for thoughtful conservatism and his embrace of something as radical as trans medical procedures for children would be an endorsement of them, a major retrenchment for the GOP in the culture war.
But this was Tucker Carlson’s moment as the most influential conservative in the United States to reaffirm the principles of the movement. Tucker redrew the battle lines.
Enough is enough.
No more caving to forces who harm children as part of a progressive road march to a destination void of trustworthy institutions, Judeo-Christian values, and basic decency.
No more kowtowing to those who stoke racial divisions and harm minority populations as a means to political power while casting half the country as mendacious white supremacists.
Radical progressive perniciousness has permeated every corner of our culture and politics. It comes in many forms and the practitioners wear various uniforms.
They look like corporate CEOs, public health officials, sports commissioners, teachers unions, journalists, doctors, social justice activists, and entertainers.
They lecture us every day about the burdens of our many sins while they make millions and billions doing business with foreign partners who run concentration camps and practice real Jim Crow - the kind where people die - not the kind they accuse us of where juice boxes are restricted 100 feet from polling places.
They loudly declare that any concerns or questions about the narrative around gender dysphoria and mental health come from backwards bigots who delight in cruelty to trans people and vulnerable children, when nothing could be further from the truth.
We love and value our children and that’s why they deserve careful, sober treatment, devoid of any cultural or political agenda.
This week Tucker Carlson reestablished the boundaries of conservatism. He brought back a little equilibrium to conservatives to use to find their bearings after more than a year of being bullied, threatened, gaslit and lectured.
He did it around the most forbidden topic in America: the trans issue. Cancel City, USA. If the debate over Dr. Seuss was the Battle of Salerno, tackling transgender ideological orthodoxy is the invasion of Normandy.
Tucker Carlson laid down the law. Conservatives must not cower in the face of “very difficult decisions.” They must meet them head-on.