Ben Domenech's Crusade & My Cowardice

I’m a bit of a coward. I remember a scuffle, not really a full brawl, breaking out in the stairwell as me and 2 or 3 friends sat upstairs in an establishment. I felt trapped because the staircase was the only way out. The fight was quickly broken up, however, and when we hurriedly and discretely left, at least one of the battlers was outside in the alleyway, handing his wallet to his partner as she yelled at him to just leave it be. But he seemed ready for round 2 so to speak.

We were leaving through the side door and I just caught a glimpse of the scenario. I believe his opponent was actually patiently waiting a few feet away while he handed his belongings to his girlfriend.

I was relieved to walk briskly away from that bar. Just like I was always relieved that I wasn't in some club or pub when a brawl spilled out it's entranceway onto the sidewalk. Not that I lived walking past bars with brawls. Rather, the few violent incidents I witnessed always made me want to retreat and to hopefully avoid any such situation.

But sometimes you have no choice to confront and fight.

Ben Domenech is the publisher of The Federalist and in a recent issue of The Transom - his newsletter - he has a depressing and determined piece on the cultural wars in America (and much of the world nowadays). It's a call for a crusade, or rather, it's a blatant declaration that we are in an ugly, angry, and nasty cultural war in which conservatives - especially people of faith - have no choice but to fight with all the venom that Saul Alinsky laid out in his handbook for radicals.

His piece centers on a debate between National Review's David French and the New York Post's Sohrab Ahmari on whether conservatives can and should be polite with people who would like to dismantle their belief systems and force them to abide by radical progressive rules. Here's Ahmari writing at First Things:

French prefers a different Christian strategy, and his guileless public mien and strategic preferences bespeak a particular political theology (though he would never use that term), one with which I take issue. Thus, my complaint about his politeness wasn't a wanton attack; it implicated deeper matters.

Such talk--of politics as war and enmity--is thoroughly alien to French, I think, because he believes that the institutions of a technocratic market society are neutral zones that should, in theory, accommodate both traditional Christianity and the libertine ways and paganized ideology of the other side. Even if the latter--that is, the libertine and the pagan--predominate in elite institutions, French figures, then at least the former, traditional Christians, should be granted spaces in which to practice and preach what they sincerely believe.

Well, it doesn't work out that way, and it hasn't been working out that way for a long time--as French well knows, since he has spent a considerable part of his career admirably and passionately advocating for Christians coercively squeezed out of the public square. In that time, he--we--have won discrete victories, but the overall balance of forces has tilted inexorably away from us, and I think that French-ian model bears some of the blame.

The danger of course is that the means corrupt the ends. But Ahmari's point is that the means will never get to the ends a conservative wishes for - a place in the public square for people of faith to live and abide by their beliefs without being hounded into submission. Domenech in The Transom goes a step further:

Social conservatives should be most concerned that both French and Ahmari are wrong about what the enemies of freedom believe possible, that the harshest voices in the American left won't be satisfied just driving traditional American values from the oped pages or the universities or the local boards. Instead, the left may be turning into the culture war white walkers, bent on utter and total destruction of everything American Christians hold dear - including the liberty to hold beliefs at odds with the consensus of the elite - and that they will root for that belief, even when it is hidden in their hearts.

Senator Dianne Feinstein's grilling of Judicial nominee Amy Barrett a couple of years ago is evidence enough of Domenech's warning:

Dogma and law are two different things. I think, whatever a religion is, it has its own dogma. The law is totally different; in your case, Professor [Barrett], when you read your speeches, the conclusion one draws is that the dogma lives loudly within you, and that's of concern when you come to big issues that large numbers of people have fought for, for years, in this country.

In other words, my view on abortion rights as a liberal senator and the laws that support that view are the only dogma that matter. You as a pro-life Catholic woman must submit to Roe v Wade in everything you do and your faith cannot inform your rulings as a judge. Because if they did, you might end up at the Supreme Court someday and help overturn Roe v. Wade. Or at least leave it up to the states to limit and even overturn the law. We will therefore reach into your mind and heart and neutralize you by banishment.

Is Domenech right about his crusade?

I fear we will lose something precious if we brawl and only brawl in as ugly and nasty and fight as there has been for perhaps generations. But then again, I'm the guy walking quickly away outside on the sidewalk. While people like Domenech and Ben Shapiro are inside in the middle of the fight covered in blood and spit.

Posted by Keeley at June 3, 2019 1:49 PM
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While people like Domenech and Ben Shapiro are inside in the middle of the fight covered in blood and spit.
Perhaps that is what is needed when the left, some Democrats, and similar ilk are engaging in mob-like behavior against anyone who disagrees with them (i.e. using forcible and violent suppression of the opposition, which is an element of fascism).

And now, it is looking more and more like Democrats and the deep-state attempted a coup on a sitting president, by weaponizing the FBI, DOJ, IRS, etc.?

Posted by: d.a.n at June 4, 2019 9:18 AM
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Now that leftists have taken over the democratic party, they are using their fascist/socialist tactics to:
- Demand the removal of a duly elected President simply because he isn’t PC enough, dismisses their social so-called justice nonsense, and refuses to bow down to their political ideology.
- Intimidate, threaten and physically attack normal Americans who disagree with them.
- Destroy public and private property.
- Harass and threaten private businesses who do not support leftist views.
- Threaten our national security.
- Use their identity politics to divide Americans.

Being content with the ‘blood and spit’ of debate is no longer an option. It is way past time for Americans to cover themselves in the ‘blood and spit’ of these violent unhinged radical leftists.

Posted by: kctim at June 4, 2019 10:09 AM
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kctim wrote: Being content with the ‘blood and spit’ of debate is no longer an option.
Agreed. The perpetrators of the following violations need to be held accountable for weaponizing the FBI, DOJ, IRS, and other departments, and for abusing their power in numerous ways:
  • DEEP STATE WEAPONIZED FBI, DOJ, IRS, etc.: Members in the deep-state conspired to ignore the 110 classified emails found on Hillary Clinton’s ameteur email server. James Comey, Loretta Lynch, and others in the DOJ and FBI protected Hillary from being indicted for those crimes;
  • CONSPIRING TO EXONERATE HILLARY CLINTON: In Obama’s administration, Hillary Clinton broke the law (by sending classified information through personal email, and for destroying emails), and James Comey and Loretta Lynch (and others in the FBI and DOJ) protected Hillary from being prosecuted. Other people have spent time in prison for far less. Loretta Lynch subsequently met secretly in a private meeting with Bill Clinton in Phoenix (29-JUN-2016) to signal Hillary’s exoneration decision by Comey. Hillary Clinton claimed that the private meeting happened by mere “chance”. It was later proven on 5-AUG-2017 that the meeting was “planned”. Lorreta Lynch used an alias email name of “Elizabeth Carlisle” in the letter to Bill Clinton about the meeting in Phoenix on 29-JUN-2016. The public exoneration statements for Hillary were created before the meeting between Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton. Peter Strzok was involved in editing and softening the Comey exoneration draft statement, and texts between Strzok and Lisa Page indicate that Loretta Lynch knew in advance that Hillary would be exonerated by James Comey.
  • FISA ABUSES: And there may very well be an FBI email chain that provides evidence of FISA abuses, and members of the deep state (i.e. James Comey, Loretta Lynch, Andrew McCabe, Andrew Weissmann, Sally Yates, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, Bruce Ohr, Nellie Ohr, John Brennan, James Clapper, Susan Rice, John McCain(deceased), and quite possibly, Barrack Obama too), who were behind the 2+ year hoax to unseat a sitting President Of The United States of America ?
  • More …
Posted by: d.a.n at June 4, 2019 10:38 AM
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We are way beyond that as well, d.a.n

Posted by: kctim at June 4, 2019 11:10 AM
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Well, I certainly hope the deep-state perpetrators who weaponized the FBI, DOJ, IRS, and other departments are held accountable.
Otherwise, it will happen again and again.
I do not recall any time in my lifetime when the government was weaponized to try to defeat a political opponent running for president, and then abused the power of those departments to also attempt a coup to unseat a president.

Posted by: d.a.n at June 4, 2019 1:09 PM
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And just like that, Biden goes from far-left liberal democrat to leftist radical:;_ylt=A0PDsBqfXvpc8KsADyxXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTByMHVzM20zBGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwMzBHZ0aWQDBHNlYwNzYw—

Anti Second Amendment, dividing Americans with racist social justice identity politics, and now forcing American taxpayers to pay for any and all abortions.

Brilliant campaign strategy, Joe. What’s next? Joining the leftist extremists in hating America, our culture, our form of government and our Constitution?

Posted by: kctim at June 7, 2019 8:08 AM
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kctim wrote: Anti Second Amendment, dividing Americans with racist social justice identity politics, and now forcing American taxpayers to pay for any and all abortions.
Abortions should NOT be funded by tax payers.
That’s another (of MANY) despicable thing in the Democrats’ despicable platform.
There’s no low that Democrats won’t stoop to for more votes, money, and power, regardless of how obviously hypocritical they are.
For example, many Democrats want to abolish the 2nd amendment, but many Democrats (and similar ilk on the left) call for restricting or eliminating 2nd Amendment rights, and say it is worth it “even if it saves only ONE life”, but hypocritically ignore about 2,000 homicides per year by criminal non-citizens (sources: ; ;;
Posted by: d.a.n at June 7, 2019 9:09 AM
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What percentage of Democrat voters realize that their party has shifted to the far, far radical left, and that MANY (including many running for president) now support all of THIS ?

Posted by: d.a.n at June 7, 2019 1:53 PM
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And today’s radical leftists continue to incite violence, divide the country, and weaken America.

Posted by: kctim at June 11, 2019 3:27 PM
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“Stupid is as stupid does.” - Forrest Gump

But, there’s supposedly nothing radical about this (i.e. the Democrats platform)?

Not to mention that many (if not all) Democrats claim there is no immigration crisis, despite 2,000 homicides per year by non-citizens.

Posted by: d.a.n at June 11, 2019 7:15 PM
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Posted by: d.a.n at June 12, 2019 7:58 AM
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The Democrat party has taken many HUGE steps backwards.

The Democrat party is out-of-control, and there is no low that they will not sink to in order to acquire more votes, money, and power.

Posted by: d.a.n at June 14, 2019 9:08 PM
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