Essay:Greatest Conservative Television Moments
Modern television is, sadly, a hotbed of liberalism; far too often, it celebrates and glorifies the crude and licentious while attacking faith, decency, and virtue. However, there are occasional shining moments which rise above the muck and celebrate the very best America has to offer—ingenuity, courage, love, honor, and faith. In short, conservatism.
In no particular order, these include:
1. The Apollo moon landing: Neil Armstrong's one small step was much more than that. It was a shining testimony to American ingenuity and know-how, a celebration of our can-do attitude, and of the American dream—the idea that, for a country that is united and free, nothing is impossible.
2. The Fall of the Berlin Wall: While Ronald Reagan left behind a rich and storied legacy, November 9, 1989 is surely one of the crown jewels. Reagan's call to "tear down that wall" resonated with the people of East Berlin, becoming a cry for freedom which no wall could ultimately withstand.
3. I Have A Dream: Martin Luther King's speech was an affirmation of faith in the ultimate justice of God, and an affirmation of the power that such faith can have to change the world.
4. I Love Lucy: The Birth of Little Ricky: A first in television history, this was also a celebration of family and marriage.
5. It's Morning Again In America: In 1984, Ronald Reagan proved that politics didn't need to be dirty to be effecting. His "Morning Again in America" ad appealed to American optimism, patriotism, and pride, rejecting the negativity and mudslinging so common in political ads. It is generally regarded as one of the most effective campaign ads of all time.
6. A Charlie Brown Christmas: Linus' simple, yet profound explanation of the true meaning of Christmas was expected by many Hollywood "experts" to bomb spectacularly. It has become one of the most iconic moments in television history.
7. William F. Buckley Calls Out Gore Vidal: Liberals have long been fond of calling anyone who doesn't embrace their agenda "Nazis." Gore Vidal attempted to use this tactic with William F. Buckley in a televised debate on August 28, 1968. Rather than kowtow to such a disingenuous tactic, Buckley stated in no uncertain terms that if Vidal didn't stop using such derogatory language, he would "sock him in the face."