Remember Reagan talking about America as the Shining City on the Hill…which is a metaphor for the Transcendent America. As Cole Porter wrote: Night and Day, you are the One…The One is transcendent of night and day, this and that, right and left, Liberal/Conservative. Transcendent means its real but beyond experience, so it pulls one, it calls one out of their night and day battles, it calls us into creating a greater world, a greater America through creative policies that solve problems and restore unity. That’s the Shining City on the Hill.
But we lost that in the 80s and 90s, especially when Newt was Speaker during the Clinton presidency. Suddenly politics was framed in a moral lens, and Clinton became morally unfit, if not down right Evil. Liberals were no longer equal competitors in the game of politics, but a force to be defeated and removed from the field.
While the TV tele0-Evangelists were condemning the immoral Liberal from their pulpit (think Jerry Falwell) and Rush was chastising Liberals from his secular radio podium, pumping vile directing through the ear into the American body, Newt was marshaling his Conservative Red Coats to do battle with the tribal Liberals. It was going to be One Voice against the fragmented voices of the Liberals. Marching to talking points on the every present media, it appeared to the viewer the the Republicans were the ONE, while the Liberals were is discordant confused and fragmented horn led by an immoral man hell bent on taking the nation to hell.
For Newt’s army loyalty was paramount. We march in lockstep like the British Red Coats who defeated tribal army after tribal army. Like an ant colony, the Red coats marched as one unit, their logical shield like Wonder Woman’s.