American liberalism is best understood as the domestic manifestation of leftism as it has evolved in the halls of academia and Congress. While sometimes wearing the disguise of populism or progressivism in an effort to appeal to the whims of the mob, liberalism is unconcerned with actually improving the lives of people. Rather, it is dominated by fear, anger and hatred: fear of freedom of thought, anger that their views are not universally embraced, and hatred for all who stand in the way of their agenda.
The fact that the left seeks to fundamentally transform all it sees and encounters is not in dispute: it is something liberals proudly claim. They are not satisfied with a ten-thousand year understanding of one of the foundational principles of society, the family unit extending from the marriage of one man and one woman. They cannot accept true freedom of thought and expression, stated most eloquently in the Constitution’s protections of the rights of the individual: freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and the freedom to bear arms which secures those rights against an overreaching, iron-fisted government. Such freedoms are abhorrent to the left when they are upheld by those opposed to its preferred world.
Liberals ascribe to conservatives a racial hatred and bigotry that they themselves have perpetrated. Witness the recent tweet from MSNBC regarding the Cheerios commercial featuring a biracial family talking about the impending arrival of a new baby:
Only the left can hate to such a degree. As Derek Hunter said recently in response to the MSNBC tweet, “Hatred is not an emotion progressives reserve for those who disagree with them. It’s who they are.”
This in and of itself is not the left’s greatest offense to reality and sanity, for liberalism is not content with merely punishing those who do not hold true to its orthodoxy. Liberalism employs tools like political correctness and public pressure to not only oppress those who stray from doctrine or point out the failures of progressivism, but also to cow others back across the line. In other words, progressives use their attacks against non-liberals to strike fear into everyone else.
The great Dennis Prager has an excellent piece in which he dissects the connections between the means and ends of Leftism’s efforts. While the evidence he presents is irrefutable, but he opens with this:
The Midas Touch is named for the mythical Greek king Midas, who is said to have been able to turn everything he touched into gold.
The Left has the opposite ability: to turn virtually everything it touches into rubble. Sometimes it happens quickly; sometimes it takes generations. But it is inevitable.
Before the Cheerios tweet, other MSNBC hosts had gotten themselves into similar trouble. Martin Bashir viciously attacked Governor Sarah Palin by describing the historically brutal treatment of slaves and suggesting that someone do the same to her.
One of the most comprehensive first-person accounts of slavery comes from the personal diary of a man called Thomas Thistlewood, who kept copious notes for 39 years. Thistlewood was the son of a tenant farmer who arrived on the island of Jamaica in April 1750, and assumed the position of overseer at a major plantation. What is most shocking about Thistlewood’s diary is not simply the fact that he assumes the right to own and possess other human beings, but is the sheer cruelty and brutality of his regime.
In 1756, he records that “A slave named Darby catched eating canes; had him well flogged and pickled, then made Hector, another slave, s-h-i-t in his mouth.” This became known as Darby’s dose, a punishment invented by Thistlewood that spoke only of the slave owners savagery and inhumanity.
And he mentions a similar incident again in 1756, this time in relation to a man he refers to as Punch. “Flogged Punch well, and then washed and rubbed salt pickle, lime juice and bird pepper; made Negro Joe piss in his eyes and mouth.” I could go on, but you get the point.
When Mrs. Palin invoked slavery, she doesn’t just prove her rank ignorance. She confirms that if anyone truly qualified for a dose of discipline from Thomas Thistlewood, then she would be the outstanding candidate.
In response, Ace at Ace of Spades HQ delivers one of the absolute best analyses of the left and its adherents ever put to paper:
Leftist politics, I maintain, are not a politics at all, but a psychological response to one’s shortcomings and feelings of failure. Leftist politics are, simply put, a way of getting even with a world that’s done one wrong — and most people carrying about such grievances against a world that’s done one wrong are psychologically broken.
These fairytale “politics” give them an avenue to vent their rages and turmoils about their failures and inadequacies in a way that is deemed, incorrectly, to be socially acceptable and even high-minded.
If a man were raving on the street in this fashion–about his hopes that someone would literally sh*t in a perceived “enemy’s” mouth (a perceived “enemy,” who, crucially, he’s never actually met)–most of us would shake our heads in secondary shame. Some of the more empathetic of us would call social services and attempt to have the madman brought in for psychological treatment.
But the left — Martin Bashir, Chris Matthews, Daily Kos, all of the hateful, raging, vibrating-with-resentment left — does this sort of thing in the guise of “political commentary” and no one makes the connection between this broken-souled primal screaming and mental unwellness.
That’s their cover. They just call their inner rages “politics” and their antisocial behaviors “activism,” and then they pretend to be normal, well-adjusted people.
Bashir later resigned, following an explosion of outrage from decent people everywhere. However, it is telling that Gov. Palin received no support from any liberal women’s groups, much less from any groups working to end violence or discrimination against women. Liberals and Democrats frequently claim (falsely) that Republicans are engaging in a “War On Women,” but when an actual instance of a vile attack against a woman presented itself, and an opportunity to defend a woman against such a hateful attack was available, they chose to remain silent or issue half-hearted, mealy-mouthed platitudes.
More recently, Phil Robertson, the star of the reality show Duck Dynasty, came under fire for comments he made in an interview in GQ magazine with regard to his religious convictions regarding gay individuals. GLAAD, the self-serving progressive blackmail group immediately went on the attack, demanding that retribution fall upon Phil and the Robertson clan for his awful transgression of continuing to hold to 2,000 year-old beliefs: “Phil and his family claim to be Christian, but Phil’s lies about an entire community fly in the face of what true Christians believe,” said GLAAD spokesman Wilson Cruz.
Once A&E announced the suspension of Robertson, Cruz and GLAAD issued a self-righteous statement: “By taking quick action and removing Robertson from future filming, A&E has sent a strong message that discrimination is neither a Christian nor an American value.”
This point, from Derek Hunter in his recent article, “Duck Off” perfectly and succinctly illustrates the warped and hateful liberal/progressive worldview with regard to the advancement of its agenda, especially as it relates to its war on Christianity:
“Anyone anywhere who puts something, especially God, ahead of the progressive agenda of government dominance over the individual, particularly when that person has a platform to expose others to it, must be destroyed.”
When the backlash against A&E from Robertson’s supporters overwhelmed their leftist propaganda, A&E was forced to yield to the demand that Robertson be free to express his deeply held views and that the GLAAD’s slander be rejected. Upon this humiliating defeat, GLAAD remained rabidly antagonistic, but was nevertheless completely defanged. This led TIME magazine to speculate whether the”‘Duck Dynasty’ Reversal Shows GLAAD Has an Expiration Date,” as it seems they can no longer cow those who do not immediately fall in line with their worldview.
We face a challenge of epic proportions because we face an intractable foe: one that will stop at nothing to silence opposition, and destroy it if necessary. Only by remaining steadfast can we continue to achieve victory one battle at a time.
Vladimir Davidiuk | University at St. Thomas | @VladDavidiuk