I reported the other day Paul Ryan’s comments about not wanting to reinstate the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy and you knew that the wingnuts were going to throw a fit about it. The deranged bigot Peter LaBarbera predictably obliges:
Republican Vice-Presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s recent politically correct reversal on homosexuals in the military (to align with his running-mate) illustrates why conservatives often lose in politics by following a defeatist model of “Kvetch and Retreat,” as laid out by New York Orthodox Rabbi Mayer Schiller.
Schiller accurately observed how in political debates with the Left, conservatives typically warn of the dire consequences of a given policy as they passionately resist it. Then, if the Left wins, conservatives “kvetch” (complain, whine) about the loss — but rather than fight doggedly to regain lost political and cultural ground, they often “retreat” by accepting the new liberal status quo and moving on to the next battle.The “Kvetch and Retreat” phenomenon — repeated again and again – results in a radically transformed society guided by liberal ideology and policy victories that morph into “mainstream” consensus with the help of the morally-challenged media and cultural elites.
Oh hell, that isn’t the half of it. He forgets about the next stage of this historical pattern. After society has largely accepted equality for whatever group they hated and wanted oppressed in the first place (blacks, women, now gays), conservatives then absurdly claim that it was their idea all along.