The latest instance of a federal judge striking down a state ban on “gay marriage” (a bit like striking down a ban on square circles, but set that aside for the moment) has social conservatives reeling again, with many of them wondering what happened to our culture.
Leftists in Western Europe, following the lead of Italian intellectual Antonio Gramsci, famously called for “a long march through the institutions” of Western Civilization. The left answered the call, entering and reshaping everything from popular media and the public schools to the ivory tower and the courts. Meanwhile, many conservatives, whose DNA should have them taking the long view of history and the future, have focused a disproportionate amount of their political energies no further than the next presidential election, high court decision, or bill on the Hill. We have been blindsided by a run of defeats in the federal courts because we were first outflanked.