The Vortex — 'Conservative' Split

Mar 22, 2022

Church Militant

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A couple of election cycles ago, the Democrats had an internal war between what are laughably termed "centrist" Democrats and progressive Democrats. In truth, it was nothing more than a war between some who are extreme and some who are really extreme. Well, as you know, the really extreme won — and from that point forward, they have been all in with their communist agenda.

Shifting over to the Republicans, the same dynamic is going on right now — competing camps fighting over the right to direct the ship, each laying claim to the label of "conservative."

Part of the problem on the so-called Right is the word "conservative." Like many things today, it's a very elastic term, meaning different things to different people. Some associate it with simply not having the government interfere with personal choices, a kind of personal-freedom platform.

Matt Schlapp is chairman of the American Conservative Union — the group that sponsors CPAC. His ACU and CPAC even incorporate the word "conservative" into their titles. He's a practicing Catholic and graduated from Notre Dame in 1990.

He's also a big deal in Republican establishment circles, having worked in the Bush White House as well as having deep ties to Donald Trump. For some, those connections make him conservative.

But is that all there is to conservatism — just the government-needs-to-leave-me-alone philosophy? Well, this is where, as the saying goes, the rubber hits the road.

Driving down the price of gas means nothing if you drive souls into Hell.

Schlapp and his style or understanding of conservatism starts to get a little murky once we enter into the arena of yet another ubiquitous term — "family values." He's co-authored a new book, The Desecrators, and, in it, he speaks directly about how God-and-family-values conservatives are being canceled left and right by the culture.

He also speaks quite openly about Catholicism — and what he sees as its role and the direction it needs to provide. But, when we spoke with him, he seemed to not quite understand significant aspects of the Faith. The confusion among Catholics over the past 60 years (thanks to the largely homosexual episcopate) has trickled down into every area of life, including politics.

Schlapp is an embodiment of that. What Schlapp and many in the self-identifying crowd of politically conservative Catholics attempt to do is incorporate their Faith into politics but, since they have a weak — even paltry — understanding of the Faith, they fumble about once pressed about their policies.

When Schlapp responds to a question about the Church's teaching, he (and many others) immediately falls into a vocabulary of Church policy and positions. But the Church doesn't have policies when it comes to salvation and damnation. It has divine teachings, and those teachings must be adhered to and believed and lived — or a person is damned. Period.

There is what you might label a kind of Catholic instinct in some quarters of the so-called conservative establishment. But it's weak, poorly formed, intellectually bereft and philosophically unstable, making it easy pickings for the well-organized communists — who have no lack of clarity when it comes to their own philosophy.

For example, the Church has a very clear understanding of what a family is. But in establishment conservative circles, the Catholic understanding of that falls by the wayside. Church teaching is blindingly clear — a child has a right to a mother and a father. To deprive a child of that, to enshrine it in law, is an abomination.

It is not, by any stretch of the imagination, a family value to place a child into a home (and raise him in that home) where two men are engaged in anal sex and inculcate into the child's mind that that perversion is OK, even good. Presumably, Schlapp wouldn't want his own children exposed to that, and it's a really safe bet he teaches his five daughters that homosexuality is immoral.

Yet, for some reason, that Catholic sense escapes Schlapp when he takes off his father hat and puts on his politics hat — even as he waxes on about his book (which makes some very good points about God and family values and our Christian roots as a nation and fighting back and all that).

How on God's green earth can anyone make the claim, on the one hand, that we need to do all that and, on the other hand, say children should be exposed to evil and perversion from their earliest beginnings? Schlapp and the establishment conservative movement have embraced homosexuality, and, for Catholics specifically in that camp, it can't really be all that surprising — since the bishops and clergy already did so decades ago.

That's why when you go to his CPAC convention, drag queens parade up and down the hall — the notable one being a man who calls himself "Lady Maga." It's a twisted understanding of family values, if there ever was one, because of how it dresses up that whole world of sexual perversion as somehow "American," which, actually, in some circles, it kind of is.

In one sense, Schlapp and his camp are victims of that errant theological thinking by queer bishops — living examples of what happens when theological evil spills over into the world.

The "gay family" question arose specifically because of the recent announcement by another "conservative" — Dave Rubin — that he and the man he engages in anal sex with have purchased two babies, currently residing in rented wombs. Schlapp and his "conservatism" give this a pass and call it a "family."

But (demonstrating the lack of any substantive Catholic analysis) he just doesn't think that, in order for those two innocent babies to have come about (through IVF), dozens of others would have to have been destroyed in the petri dish — because that's how IVF works.

So in his book (again, The Desecrators), he waxes on quite well about the right to life and the rights of the preborn but, somehow, fails to make the connection, proving himself unable to draw the very straight line because his pro-life stance crumbles in the face of the homosexual juggernaut. Whether or not he wants to admit or even think about it, Schlapp conservatives are "pro-life" but are willing to look the other way on the destruction of some preborns — if it benefits sodomites.

Maybe he hasn't thought about it in those terms, but that is the logical conclusion of his declaring that gay couples "creating" children constitutes a family.
Schlapp and his camp are victims of errant thinking.

Likewise, what about the rights of the babies after they are born? Schlapp and other Catholic political conservatives appear to take the "personally opposed, but" position on many of these social evils — IVF, homosexuality and so forth. On the one hand, they decry all this for themselves. But then they bring dozens of supporters of all this on stage to preach about tax policy or immigration reform.

But, when it comes to matters of sexual morality, they refuse to say the right thing for fear of losing support — which they would. That's not Catholic, and it's not a value. In fact, it's cowardice. Even when they know they are wrong, they refuse to correct the record.

Take, for example, Schlapp's dustup over the recent controversy about the male swimmer William Thomas — who is pretending to be a woman and calling himself "Lia." Schlapp tweeted, "No matter what one thinks of Lia's ability to swim with women, her story deserves our compassion. It will be interesting to hear Lia's POV [point of view] in 30 years."

OK, fair enough. Schlapp goofed in his terminology but, when asked if he would take it down, correct the record, he balked and said he wouldn't. All of this comes down to a question of integrity. Establishment conservatives are oftentimes correct when it comes to matters of actual policy — taxes, inflation, immigration, yadda yadda. But, when it comes to the actual lifeblood of a nation — morality — they balk, sacrificing truth on the altar of political power and expediency.

It was Catholicism (and Catholicism alone) that brought about Western civilization, the same Western civilization that self-identifying political conservatives claim to be trying to uphold, defend, reinforce or whatever. That was possible because of the uniquely held beliefs that Jesus Christ is King of the universe and to Him alone is homage due and that He established a Church, the Catholic Church (because there is no other Church), to carry His work of salvation throughout time and space.

Central to that work are the teachings (not policies) that guarantee salvation in the supernatural, and a well-ordered society in the temporal. You cannot return to a well-ordered society, a society that sees each person as made in the image of God and all that flows from that (everything flows from that truth), and yet reject the philosophical underpinnings of that well-ordered society.

Yet that is what Schlapp and the rest of the so-called conservative establishment try (in vain) to do — make a culture that tips its hat to God but abandons Him at the drop of that hat. Driving down the price of gas means nothing if you help drive a nation — and souls — into Hell in the process.


“My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified. My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.”

(John 17:15-21)