The trendy phrase from elites and activists is that they want a “conversation.” This is a cleverly chosen word that sounds positive and inviting. After all, who but the bitterest ideologue doesn’t want a conversation? The problem is that “conversation” for many people is usually a code word for a preening moralist lecture. Liberals have pontificated so much that many conservatives grow sick of being attacked as racists and sexists, and end up voting for the other guy and avoiding the “conversation.” A short description of an average day in the life of a typical citizen describes the situation rather well.
After waking up, the average person does their daily morning routine, such as brushing their teeth and eating some cereal for breakfast. But companies are increasingly virtue signaling their progressive values. I saw a bottle of toothpaste at the store that proudly supported national gay pride month, and I see that my boxes of cereal are made from recycled material. That’s great for them, but I don’t care and don’t need my tooth paste or cereal to have the progressive stamp of approval. It seems more like blatant money grabbing than sincere support.
Next, the average conservative American might listen to the Mike and Mike radio talk show on the drive to work. They have increasingly taken a left turn with guest stars that include radical liberal talking heads. There is rarely a strong conservative point of view, but a seemingly endless discussion of things like avoiding a White House visit and kneeling for the anthem as a form of protest. Despite the drop in revenue for ESPN and viewership for the NFL, the sports world doesn’t seem to get the message and continues to call for a conversation.
Many jobs require various government mandated training programs. The curriculum is usually written by liberal bureaucrats and mandated by liberal politicians under the false belief that more regulations are the key to solving everything. These reforms usually fail to address the root problem, or stop bad actors, and become a significant burden upon good employees. In reality, excessive regulations are a way for politicians to look as though they are solving the problem.
After a hard day of work, many people want to grab dinner and have a smoke. Again, the restaurants are falling over themselves to prove how they have the best organic, locally sourced, GMO free, open range food, as well as how they donate to specific charities. I even saw one place that advertised its Sunday morning yoga classes. All I really care about is having a tasty, relatively healthy burger at a decent price.
Liberals are pretty tolerant of most behavior — except for smoking. If you want to smoke, it usually has to happen outside or in a segregated and isolated smoking area. Some places even ban smoking in a person’s own car.
After all of this, the conservative finally gets some time to relax at home. On Netflix the person finds an array of trendy movies and shows that end up being thinly disguised sermons on political topics. Netflix tries to suggest Dear White People or 12 Years a Slave. Hulu suggests The Hand Maiden’s Tale, which many pundits suggest is a veiled anti-Trump allegory. The movie Get Out is a horror comedy that explains how it is to be a black person in a white environment. If you try some escapist entertainment by watching Marvel’s Iron Fist or Dr. Strange, the anti-conservative pundits and critics complain how minorities are stereotyped or white washed.
After all that, the conservative tries to be a good citizen and informed voter by turning on the news. A politician then begs for a conversation on some pet topic of theirs, but usually a trendy liberal cause like global warming, racism, and sexism. Most politicians, activists, and celebrities must believe that this is the first time the viewer or listener is hearing that request. Or maybe they are simply signaling their virtue to other liberals. The person might be sincere in their request, but they are failing to realize that the average conservative receives a one sided lecture about these issues a dozen times a day. When it becomes an actual conservation of the conservatives choosing, it might change. Until then, conservatives aren’t interested in their “conversation,” most are waiting for them to stop preaching for a minute.