Is our social “narrative” still a traditional conservative one? That is what Jonah Goldberg tries to argue:
“Sure, Hollywood is generally very liberal, but America isn’t. Judging by their campaign donations, Hollywood liberals are very supportive of abortion rights. But there’s a reason why sitcoms since Maude haven’t had a lot of storylines about abortion. Indeed, nearly every pregnant TV character treats her unborn child as if it’s already a human being.
“The Left may be anti-military, but such movies tend to do poorly, which is why we see more pro-military films. Similarly, it’s a safe bet that Hollywood liberals loathe guns. But you wouldn’t know that by what they produce. Not many action stars save the day by quoting a poem. Most Hollywood liberals probably oppose the death penalty, yet they make lots of movies where the bad guy meets a grisly death to the cheers of the audience. The Left rolls its eyes at ‘family values,’ but family values are at the heart of most successful sitcoms and dramas.”
Not to be too much of a pessimist, but perhaps that is just a legacy of a lapsing narrative that is slowly being replaced by a deluded Progressive one, where the only choices we are given are theirs and their cartoonish description of the America that is… or at least was?
We still have a choice as to which narrative we choose. Sadly, more and more are choosing poorly.
There is at least a remnant. Let us fight for that, and for us.