We have searched for the most accurate description of the strange political twilight that has seemed to emerge since the inauguration of Trump as president. While somewhat vocally radically conservative, the Trump administration has nevertheless given us more posturing than effect. And while we do our best to hope that Trump remains a potential agent for change, we refused to be fooled by our enemies again.
In their latest podcast Novus Ordo Watch gives us the words for which we have searched in their own comments on a video we posted here. The basic concept is that the enemies of truth, both political and spiritual, dare not bring their agenda fully into the open right away. Instead they vary the speed of implementation. They begin with very small deviations from truth and proper order, accustoming us to a certain pace of change, which they describe as inevitable or even 'progressive.' Once we are accustomed to change in general, they vary the pace. The leaders which preside over the most aggressive change are hailed as the most progressive, and often a certain social resistance builds in the population as under the Obama administration. Then a new 'conservative' leader slows down the rate of change, and even undoes some but not all of the most aggressive changes from the prior progressive leader. This 'conservative' is really no such thing, as he is also a progressive if judged by the standards of where society started. Too often the social reaction against the changes is placated.
Trump demonstrates himself so far as one of these 'conservative' consolidators of the new progressive order. Case in point: Under Clinton, it was debated whether homosexuals should be allowed in the military. His "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy was a step towards loosening standards, allowing homosexuals to serve as long as they were not open about their spiritual malady. Today, this issue is no longer part of the debate, as Obama has made open homosexuality acceptable. Now under Trump we see the debate has moved so far left, we are debating whether so-called "transgendered" people, people who openly mutilate themselves in order to portray a different sexuality from their birth, should be allowed in the military.
Savvy political scientists call this 'moving the Overton window.' We like NovusOrdoWatch's phrasing better. This is all about making every error into a partial affirmation of the truth.
As long as we accept a partial standard of justice, we will leave our enemies room to say 'Well, this isn't that evil. It could be worse.' By this logic then do we proceed in an ever worse direction, since still it could be even worse. There is no substitute then for a culture based on the full and absolute truth of God, as embodied in a non-apostatized Catholic worldview.