Monday, September 27, 2010

No. 15: We The People

Over the next few weeks I will be performing my own little political countdown. It's more for my amusement than anything else, but I also feel that it's a good way to glimpse into the mind of the average Liberal. Such humorous creatures these Liberals, and yet so mysterious. This is my list of the top 20 things Liberals don't believe. We'll say it's in the interest of understanding one another.

"Again, because it's a stupid country with stupid people who don't pay attention.” - Bill Maher.

One thing that really irks the Liberal about America is the fact that We The People are in charge, or at least that's how it's supposed to be. John Kerry was recently discussing the Dems low poll numbers, and he attributed it to the voters being "uninformed".  It's not the policies we reject, nope.  We're just ignorant of the truth.  Number 15 on my list is, We The People.

When America was founded, our leaders wanted a nation that was free from the old European ruling class.  One that didn't involve nobility or royalty, where bloodlines didn't matter and titles didn't exist.  They rejected the notion that one man knows what's best for another man, and instead established a nation where the people govern themselves, and the ruling class had no power.  The elites, scholars and academians were pushed aside in favor of the common everyday citizen.  This was a unique concept, and is truly one of the things that makes America great. 

Well, Liberals hate it.  Liberals consider themselves to be open-minded, tolerant and enlightened.  They believe they are sensitive to others.  They are generally well-educated, so naturally they believe themselves to be more intelligent and wiser than the common sense American, which makes them suited to rule over us dumb hillbillies from middle America who don't know nuthin bout gubment.  They've spent plenty of time in lecture halls, and very little time in the real world.  The have read philosophy, and they think they know how the world "should" be.

So when they see the common sense American they look upon us with disgust.  We are middle America, with strong family values, traditional values.  We tend to be religious, which really makes them snicker.  They see religion as a collection of "fairy tales" that we all cling to like a security blanket.  Only the truly enlightened could free themselves from such a vice, and so they are proud to snicker at the religious folk.

They see our values as antiquated, old-fashioned.  Only a foolish person - a "reactionary"- would maintain those traditional values.  They have rejected the old-fashioned American traditions, thus transcending to a higher level of existence than us regular folk.  This also includes rejecting American exceptionalism and developing a certain dislike for this nation.  Only the wise, the enlightened could achieve such zen.

And, perhaps most important, is the self-loathing pillar of Liberalism.  To be a true Liberal, you must hate at least one personal characteristic.  Whether it be your race, your gender, your wealth, your religion, whatever.  You can't fully achieve true "sensitivity" until you learn to despise something about yourself.  And when us regular folk reject that idea, well that just proves that we're racist, sexist, homophobic, etc,etc.

Which brings us back to the Tea Party movement.  This is something that was spontaneous, generated at the grassroots level by common, ordinary everyday Americans.  A political movement of We The People.  And I can't recall anything attracting more venom and vitriol from the Left.  Boy do they hate the Tea Party.  And if there is anything they hate more than the Tea Party, it would have to be Sarah Palin, another common American who lacks the Ivy League degree or the ruling class pedigree, or the self-loathing that is required to be considered wise amongst the Left.  No, she's an idiot in their eyes because she is different from them.  And We The People are idiots too.

First, the Tea Party was called fake...or "astroturf" as Nancy Pelosi put it.  No way could anyone truly oppose the brilliance and wisdom of the ruling class.  Must be fake.  Then, we were called racist.  That was only a matter of time.  After all, why would people move against the brilliance and wisdom of the ruling class for any reason other than pure hate?  Now, the latest, we're just plain crazy.  Nuts.  Coockoo.  Loco.  We're a bunch of psychos out there running crazy, don't pay attention.  No one in their right mind could ever oppose the brilliance and wisdom of the ruling class.

The elites on the Left think they're better than us.  Plain and simple.  They think they're smarter, wiser, more understanding, more caring, more sensitive.  They know what's best for us, and they truly believe that we're just too stupid to take care of ourselves, too stupid to see that they're the answer for all that ails us.  The idea of We The People governing ourselves frightens them because they don't think we're capable.  Someone needs to take care of us, thank goodness they're here. 

They would've been very upset with George Washington and Thomas Jefferson in the 1770s.


Auntyem said...

Hi, John,

You said, "A political movement of We The People. And I can't recall anything attracting more venom and vitriol from the Left". Well, I can.

I am an old lady, and I watched the New Left and Liberals develop back in the late 50s and early 70s with that venom and vitriol. First we called them Beatniks, then they were Hippies. Oh, my goodness. It was a movement of mostly white teenagers and young adults between 15 and 25 (they didn't trust anyone over 30)who for some reason began to resent their bourgeois elders and everything they stood for. They hated the "corrupt elites" and all authority---they wanted to be free to do what wanted. Were they bored? Alarmed by the corporate mentality, their parents cocktail parties? What?

They were excited by and joined forces with Native American, Black and "Chicano" activists. People hoped it was just a phase, but they changed the culture. In their zeal to be open to multi-culteralism, they dressed like "Indians", Native and Eastern, with headbands, and fringed garments, went bathless, and barefoot, stopped getting haircuts, formed religious cults, etc. or found gurus from India to "teach" them. They "dropped out" of the "establishment", and joined "communes". They did anti-establishment things just for the shock value.

Even some of our young doctors where I was employed dressed and smelled like hippies. They were from priviliged homes, yet they were rebelling against the status quo.

They had good intentions, but like some leaderless grass-roots movements they lost their focus and the changes they brought about in society were not exactly what they would have wished. They were pacifists, but they resorted to burning their draft cards and our flag in protest of the Vietnam War. There were riots, and the Guard even killed some students at a couple of universities.

One of the New Left's polemicists in the 1960s was David Horowitz, who switched to being a leading polemicist on the right, a neo-Con. Now these baby boomers and ex-hippies who "sold out" and became "yuppies" (young urban professionals" still retain some of that anti-establishment ideology and carry it a bit far. That is what a Liberal is, inconsistent. Most of the rest of us are really independent. We think for ourselves.

Yet, they changed the culture. We now have all kinds of annoying "rock" music, gay rights, women's lib, men and women cohabiting without benefit of marriage, widespread drug use, things that were unthinkable in my time.

When people say, "I want my country back!", I hope they don't take it back too far. Some of the cultural changes benefited minorities like myself. A mind is a terrible thing to waste, and it is so demeaning to be told you can't spend your money where you want.

By the way, I would never have thought that you would describe yourself as a "hillbilly". I am reminded of that other young man from Mississippi when told he was "white trash", he answered that he was not white trash, "I am a hillbilly", and he went on to change the culture too. His name was Elvis.

Port Orchard, WA


Well, Dr John; when we reflect on Washington, Adams, Jefferson & Madison let us also mention the genious of Ben Franklin, and those
56 brave men that signed the Declaration of Independence!

Ben Franklin said: "A republic, if you can keep it" ...and we have been blessed with 'the great melting pot' for 234 years!

Now, we see two determined challengers to 'Liberty & Justice For All' coming on strongly... a) Soros "Progressive/Socialism" AND b) that 1400 yr old kill-culture would like some Fundamental CHANGE!

Mohammad's Shari'a Law, anyone?

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