Right & Left define the issues differently, & those who 1st raise them do so as tactics toward more distant goals
I know this column by Jeffrey Varasano is accurate -- even though the web site where Christoper Buckley found it looks sketchy -- because in college I worked closely with the people he's describing and heard their reasoning first-hand.
"Republicans think that the battle with the left is over issues like these:
Pork Barrel Spending
War & Peace
(But)... these are debated WITHIN a constitutional system. This is the game on the surface. The left is playing on a different level. They are not debating policy within the system, they are trying to alter the system itself.
The REAL game is a list of issues about the system itself. This second list shows a much deeper level of understanding of the left and it’s tactics - a reality that many on the center right won’t name or acknowledge. The right mocks the left because they can’t call Islamic Terrorism, Islamic Terrorism, and then we turn around and won’t use the correct words to label leftism. These issues are not what’s debated in the mainstream media, but what leftist activists debate and study among themselves. How many of these terms are elected republicans familiar with? Not just a dictionary definition. If I asked republican officials to explain these terms and what they mean to the left and how this affects their strategy and tactics and how they relate to one another, could these officials do so without further research?
Cultural Marxism, Marcuse & The Frankfurt School
Hegemony (Patriarchy, White Privilege, Cisgender, etc)
Critical Race Theory
Liberation from Oppression
Structural Functionalism - Systems of Oppression
Social Justice - Food Justice, environmental Justice, etc.
Agenda 21 - Sustainability
Hegel & the Dialectic / Dialectic materialism
Long March thru the Institutions
For example, Gay marriage appears to be an issue of Civil rights - an end in and of itself. But actually to the hard left, it's a an issue of Critical Theory and Social Justice. Not an end, but a tactic of attack against the foundations of the Republic.
Few republicans could explain what I just said. They just haven't studied Marxist tactics enough to know. It's filled with jargon, front groups, front issues.
So, no I don't blame Trump for not knowing this. I think dozens of friends of mine on facebook could answer a quiz on the above topics better than EVERY elected republican in congress.
But whereas they all cave to it, Trump instinctively fights back. Not intellectually, but on a gut level that he's on the right side."
– From "DEAR GOP: This Is WHY We Lose – We Don’t UNDERSTAND The Left’s ‘Game’", By Jeffrey Varasano on Clash Daily, via Christopher Buckley