Who is Decius? Who is the author of The Flight 93 Election that has Conservatism, Inc. frowning in consternation?
Speculation about the “true identity” of Decius abounds and consumes them. Even in the wake of the defeat of 15 supposedly “better” candidates for the GOP nomination (to say nothing of failure to thrive of the many “spoilers” they’ve floated to the bemusement of the GOP electorate), they do not, they will not ask where they have gone wrong. They do not confront the idea that perhaps what they’ve been doing lo these many years, mopping up the policy crumbs for short-lived and mostly insignificant victories, just isn’t working. They do not answer for failing to address the central issue of our time which is what makes the laws that govern us legitimate? Instead the Emperor asks, “Who is this impertinent child daring to question our nakedness?” And they smear the writer for cowardice in choosing anonymity.
This self-referential affirmation loop demonstrates exactly why anonymity was necessary to advance Decius’s argument. How does one draw attention to the fact that “conservatism” as an enterprise has failed if one is but a mere foot-soldier in a once proud army? Do these generals realize that their army is shrinking?
Perhaps they do. And this explains the anger.
So to all of those asking and those wishing to engage in the brave practice of Twitter war, we have an answer for you to the question of “Who is Decius?” And we provide it, no less, in the form of a hashtag.
Decius is millions of Americans sick of Conservatism Inc’s failures and apologies. #IAmDecius
Feel free to be Decius, too.