…is the clear recognition of what is so and how to wisely navigate reality. In the 30s, Stalin had counter-revolutionary weather forecasters shot for failing to predict weather that fit his Five Year Plans. The Thing that Used to be Conservatism has, weirdly, taken over this Soviet mentality of thinking reality can be altered by dint of will instead of living by the first cardinal virtue–prudence–and dealing with reality as it actually is. This results in epic stupidity. The Thing that Used to be Conservatism needs to cease–immediately–engaging in epic stupid imprudence. One thing it can do to begin that process is to detox from “news” sources that are, in fact, looms for weaving a veil of complete unreality. Jon Stewart, as is his custom, illustrates how FOX weaves this veil and blows it off the airwaves in a much-needed public service that every conservative concerned with re-learning the virtue of prudence should thank him for:
Prudence is the very first virtue. Abandon that and you will lose all the other virtues as well. Leave the Bubble. Stop getting your thoughts handed you by the Thing That Used to be Conservatism and start treating with reality in light of the Church’s teaching.