Back when I was a mainstream conservative I used to be all “raw raw Constitution!” This was despite, of course, being Canadian and not really having a Constitution (at least not having one anyone cares about). I used to cheer when people talked about God given unalienable rights and attempted to link them to the Bible. Yes – I bought in the center right’s delusion that people genuinely want to be free, and that they want to have the rights protected. Over time, though, I realized something both about the centre-right and about the nature of rights.
Ultimately, the only people who care about the Constitution and so-called rights is the center-right. Literally no one else in society gives a shit about them, despite what the mainstream conservatives think. People on the left couldn’t care if the Constitution was written in the elfish – they just wish to impose their will on society – any concept of rights be damned. This is important because this is the delusion the Republican Party is under; that if they could just explain that the Constitution means what it says it means then suddenly all opposition would give up and they would rule America forever.
Does one even need to go into how absurd this is? I suppose one must, if only a little, as this is the dominant political ideology among the so-called “right.” My point is that the mainstream center-right is playing a completely different game than the left, by focusing all their efforts on attempting to convince people, who are indifferent to the Constitution, that it says what it says they are, in effect wasting all of their political capital on an utterly useless endeavor. This is part of the reason why they always lose and why they fail at pretty much everything.
With regards to the broader nature of rights, I have come to the conclusion that whether or not right to exist as a moral axiom, in practice rights come about as a social compact in a society with many competing factions, none of which is powerful enough to dominate. Truth be told, no one really wants free speech (aside from the center-right), no one really wants democracy, and no one really cares about the will of the masses. They only want to impose their ideology on the general population – and as soon as they have the forced to do it without having to be inconvenienced by things like rights and laws they will. All except for the center-right, for the Republican Party, who – for whatever reason – are true believers in classical liberal notions of legalism and the like.
That is why like I said they will always lose, they are utterly unwilling to force their version of society upon the masses. They are wedded to self-restraint and playing a game that is scorned by their opponents. The left understands the game and that all that matters in the end is scoring not by playing by the rules. That is why the mainstream right has lost every battle for a century, and why they will continue to lose every battle for the next century. Until they accept the necessity of right-wing social engineering, until they abandon childish notions of Muh Freedom and the naïve belief that all everybody wants is liberty and to be left alone, they will always lose and our society will continue to sink into degeneracy.