(I first posted this essay on Common Sense Matters II on September 4, 2011. I am re-posting it here and now because in my humble opinion it is a timeless topic that cannot be repeated often enough. ˜CW)
Many years ago I remember reading a horrifying story about a man who set his young son on fire in a vengeful act against his ex-wife. I was astonished and sickened that someone could be so consumed with their own selfish need for power and control that they would destroy something good and precious to fulfill that need. The way I see it there is not much difference between the mentality of that man and the mentality of the far Left elites in this country. If the destruction of this country is what it will take in order for them to control things and be powerful, then the destruction of this country is what they will have. Let’s look at the evidence.
“…divided we fall.”
While the tendency towards racism and sexism is a universal problem rooted in human nature, we have made great strides over the past century in this battle. This, you might think, should be cause for celebration and self-congratulations, right? No. You see, at some point it dawned on the Left that the divisions among races and genders could be useful to the Left’s struggle for power, and they began scratching their bearded chins. Now the party that purports to want everyone to live in color-blind harmony curiously spends its time perpetually fanning the flames of racism and sexism. They insist that anything less than 100% progress is the equivalent of zero progress, that any unflattering truths or criticisms of women or minorities amounts to sexism or racism, and they fuel resentment and divisiveness by pandering to certain groups at the expense of others
Same goes with their inflammatory rhetoric on the differences in economic classes which always have and always will exist. “Class warfare” is an apt description for the Left’s real intent here. Forget the fact that people move in an out of various economic classes during their lifetimes. Forget the failures of socialism. Forget that we’re all Americans in the end. Divide and conquer.
Undermining Traditions and Values
It shouldn’t take a genius to observe patterns of behavior that are universally common to successful cultures around the world in order to understand the connection there. Marriage and the promotion of stability of the family unit is a pretty consistent common denominator to successful cultures. But the behaviors that arise from our natural instinct for long term survival are no match for the arrogance of the leftist elites who believe they know better than all of the billions of people who came before them. With smug confidence in their own superior wisdom, they deem the tradition of marriage to be old-fashioned, passé. And they demonize and ridicule those who won’t go along. Well, children can be forgiven for the sin of youthful stupidity; as long as we can expect that at some point they will grow up and recognize the error of their ways. But this never happens with the Left. The results of their little experiment have long been in. The correlations between single-parent homes and increased crime, poverty and welfare dependence are clear. For the sake of these families and for a nation that is straining from the burden, do they acknowledge their mistakes and revise their stance? No. Once again they scratch their chins and ponder the usefulness of their own folly. Crime, poverty and welfare dependency cry out for an increase in government oversight, don’t they? Hmmm.
And so, inspired by the blinding success of their agenda so far, they attack more of our traditions and values. Marriage IS important they finally decide – but only if you’re gay. Religion? That’s gotta go (unless you’re a Muslim terrorist, in which case we must endeavor to better understand you and protect your rights to religious freedom). The Left will always instinctively seek to undermine the foundations of a successful society because, like restless teenagers, they must have something to rebel against in order to satisfy their yearning for attention and self-importance. The debacles that result, far from awakening the Left to their idiocy as we always hope, simply add to the chaos and divisions that they find useful to their pursuit of power.
The Forbidden Truth
It is standard practice for the Left to not only avoid certain truths, but to punish, libel and silence those who dare to speak them. When my liberal neighbor was discussing “Bowling for Columbine” with me (I’ve never seen it), she was intrigued by the mystery of high gun violence in the U.S. relative to other countries. According to her and the movie’s producers I’m told, this remains a puzzle that hasn’t been solved. Well I like puzzles and it just so happens I have access to the internet. I discovered, with about an hour’s worth of research, that black males commit murders at a rate of about seven times that of white males. In many of these crimes, a gun is used. Blacks make up approximately 11% of the U.S. population, which is far more than that of many of the countries we were compared to in the film. Mystery solved.
But the producers of “Bowling for Columbine” were never really looking for the truth, nor would they like it to be exposed. In fact, if I were to announce my findings in some media setting I would be immediately denounced and dismissed as a racist. Resolving the gun violence “crisis” is far less important, apparently, than uniting leftists and blacks in their fight against the establishment (i.e. conservatives).
Other truths that are not allowed to be spoken: the illegitimacy epidemic among minorities; high crime rates among minorities and illegal aliens; disproportionately high welfare benefits to minorities; taxpayer subsidies for illegal aliens; the societal cost for single motherhood; the physical disparities between men and women; aptitude differences between men and women; truths that interfere with theories about global warming; the list goes on and on.
None of these problems will ever be resolved as long as we are barred from facing the truth. This is how the Left wants it because resolving these problems would force the Left’s myriad constituencies to give up the things (free bennies, promiscuity without responsibility….) that keep them in the pocket of the Left.
So, keep the truth to yourself.
Stamping out Patriotism
I addressed this in detail in a recent post (see) so I won’t delve too deeply into it here but suffice it to say patriotism is a necessary component for a successful nation, and we all know where the Left stands (or should I say sits?) when it comes to patriotism.
Fostering Bad Behavior
Today’s Left, unable to carry out their agenda by force and frustrated by Constitutional restraints that interfere with their wish to dominate, engage in behaviors that can only be intended to destabilize this nation. These include intimidation tactics, mob-style behaviors, violence, lying and refusing to play by the rules that they helped establish (such as their own laughable calls for “civility”). These behaviors are like straws on the proverbial camel’s back. They can only be withstood for so long and, when combined with the other behaviors described here, they contribute to an environment that is toxic to this nation.
It’s time for people to wake up and see the Left for who and what they really are. They are not simply a party with different ideas on how to run the country. They want to destroy the country as we know it.