Op-Ed: Kootenai Conservatives Must Move Forward

Updated: Jul 18

When it made its appearance into the mainstream, many conservatives saw Critical Race Theory (CRT) as nothing more than another terrible idea from the left. To me, however, the appearance of CRT on the national political stage represented something more. For me, it represented a full-throated attack on cultural norms at the deepest level.

Academia--love it or hate it--is the source of cultural thought in many ways. This simply means that the deepest cultural ideas usually come from academia. Essentially, the academics of a society are the guards of a societies thought life. By and large, Americans have agreed with the direction that this group has led them. However, when Americans en masse voiced their clear dislike for Critical Race Theory, they were, in fact, telling high horse intellectuals at Harvard that they were free to fly a kite.

While this rejection was no doubt insightful and interesting, the real fruit of the rejection lay in way the term CRT was used. Traditionally, the left has held a solid grip on language use. (For example, for many years they seem to have a monopoly on the definition of racism.) CRT showed us that the right was gaining control of language. No longer was the left able to redefine the meaning of CRT into whatever they liked. They were stuck with the definition that the right had given it.

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The consequences are far broader than the meaning of a couple words. It signals that the right is rapidly gaining control of the cultural flow. This is where Kootenai County comes into play. For far too long, conservatives have had only one objective: fight the liberals. The time has come for that objective to change. Instead, conservatives must now choose the best path forward. As true conservatives come to power in Kootenai County, they must forge a path forward that is clearer than what they stand against. This is a tall order, but it must be fulfilled.

This is not to say that the government should simply chart a new course (although it should). Instead, the government might choose to take a hands-off approach. In this case, it is incumbent on the residents of the county to decide what direction they would like it to go. This doesn’t need to be complicated. It could be as simple as conservative architects getting together and drawing up sketches for private parks or trails.

Whatever the case, Kootenai County has a huge responsibility in the coming decades to move forward in a positive direction.