Posted on | July 4, 2014 | 35 Comments
It’s easy, melting in the humidity of the political winter that is the Obama Administration, to take counsel from fears. But that’s really just the inner demons from the Commies burying us in negative vibe, and maybe a FaceBook experiment or two.
Jonah Goldberg was focusing on “Liberals tak[ing] exception to exceptionalism” in a post today at NRO. Read the whole thing, but note this bit, emphasis mine:
Why liberals have become so comfortable running down America is no doubt complicated, but I think one part of the answer is obvious. Liberals tend to equate patriotism with the government. Obama was supposed to usher in a glorious new era of European-style big government. He’s failed, though alas not entirely. But in the attempt he aroused a populist movement — the tea parties — full of people who wore their traditional patriotism on their sleeves and tricorn hats. The forces of American exceptionalism proved formidable, taking advantage of our exceptional constitutional structure to thwart European social democracy.
The flip side of that is that Liberals despise intellectual individualism, that is, dissent. You can slake your lusts in any hedonistic direction, and it will be lauded as ‘edgy’ and ‘hip’. Miley Cyrus is some kind of heroine to a Liberal, for all she’s a sad disappointment from the vantage point of adulthood. Heroin itself is just some ‘epidemic’ that happens, because who can expect individuals to grow up and realize that self-medicating with narcotics is just nihilism, straight up? Individualism it the Liberal is a thing of the flesh, not the mind. And when your need to slake some lusts crosses a legal line, that’s a feature! You’ve just underscored the need for MOAR laws, bureaucrats, hardware, centralization, studies, and news programming.
The equation of patriotism with government is really about fetishing authoritarianism. The Obama Administration would have totally gotten the economy, health care, and foreign policy right if the hoarders and wreckers had just played along, instead of getting all bitter and clingy with “them guns and Bibles”. However, having already arrested all intellectual development at adolescence, the authoritarian urge becomes a self-licking bullwhip. Witness the anti-intellectual meltdown over Hobby Lobby. Rage is generated, then flung at the closely held corporation, one of the last bastions of less-than-total government control. As long as the savages can get their rut on, the sad truth that they’ve been lowered to something akin to a pack of hounds and bitches is an apparently fair trade.
How does this reaction sustain itself? How long can the Left continue to burn the character of people for political fun and profit? With #OccupyResoluteDesk seeming to cash out on Democrats retaining any control in Congress after November, one is encouraged to pray to an actual, non-governmental God that real wisdom will descend upon the people in general, and the leaders in particular. Time to butcher this golden calf of authoritarian Progress.