Relax. It's a metaphor. “This is a revolution, dammit! We're going to have to offend somebody!” — John Adams, 1776 After this election, conservatism is washed up . . . and it's about time. The word itself was never very useful. Remember when the New York Times would refer to the most hard core Marxists in the Kremlin as "conservatives"?
Write what you know, goes the old adage. Tom Wolfe added the exhortation—which dispiritingly few have heeded—that once you’ve written what you know but want to keep writing anyway, go do research and write about what you learn. But that’s a lot of work. Much easier just to wing it—the preferred method of 2016’s kidlet-pundits.
Conservatives fret rightly about the state of popular culture, education, declining civility, and the effects these things combined have on Americans’ capacity to govern themselves. As these things decline, so too does our fitness for freedom. As George Washington said in his Farewell Address: Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity,