(First of all: the proper word is “hatred.” When did we as a country become so illiterate?)
From time to time in these pages, we go at it with a very pleasant guy named Doug. Here’s a recent example.
Doug’s a good guy, and I like him. I also believe that Doug’s heart is in the right place, even though his general state-of-mind in the ideological conflict between Left and Right is: can’t we all just get along?
Well, obviously, “just getting along” is a tango that requires two, and my observation is that the American Left has no wish to dance.
It’s a bit like those ever-so-chic “COEXIST” bumper stickers, that use the various symbols of prominent world religions to spell out the word. Nice sentiment… if, that is, all the adherents in the indicated religions are … people who wish to coexist.
Needless to say, so I’ll say it, there is at least one faith (coughcoughIslamcough) that has a whole bunch of adherents who are manifestly not willing to coexist, thereby blowing out of the proverbial water, the sweet sentiment behind the decal.
Well, my occasional interlocutor, Doug, tells me regularly that we (Conservatives) need to compromise with the Left. That leads me to remind Doug that such compromise has done nothing but move The United States steadily leftward for the entirety of our (so far) brief existence as a country. (Here’s a helpful reminder of why — “the xPraetorius Curve” — that’s been happening)
In other words: we’ve been compromising! That’s all we do! However, it’s been nothing but a one-way street; hence the constant larboard lean of America.
We’ve been compromising, and getting along, and taking the high road, and pulling our punches, and going along to get along, and not sinking to their level forever… and all it’s ever led to has been a steady erosion of freedoms, of rights, of opportunities, of control over our own lives… of hope for the future of this, the greatest country history has ever seen.
This country, the United States of America, is, for many different reasons, the single-most noble achievement in the history of humanity. By very far. Of every aspect of life that people universally assert makes life worth living, America has provided more than any other country, ever, in the history of the world. Freedom, personal autonomy, opportunity for advancement politically, for financial advancement, for social advancement — all these things that all people desire, are here in America in greater measure, by far, than in any other country in the history of the world.
Was America perfect? Is America perfect? Of course not! The “blessings of liberty” were not equally distributed to all her people, and peoples. However, she had one more thing that countered that, and made her the most revolutionary society ever produced, again by very far: She had a framework that guaranteed that, with the passage of time, those blessings would be ever more equally distributed to all Americans.
The entirety of the rest of recorded history has seen nothing but squalor, oppression, pain, disease, hunger, apathy, hard, unrelenting, unrewarded toil, and lives that were nearly always “solitary, nasty, brutish and short.”(1) People lived primitive lives filled with despair, born of the sure knowledge that nothing would ever improve for them. A select few — the monarchy, the nobility, the corrupt, the landed — lived lives that were both far better than their contemporaries, and shorter and less affluent or comfortable… than the very poorest of Americans today.
Yet these brutish societies had things that today’s American Left finds deeply appealing: These were highly un-stratified, un-hierarchical, socially and economically flattened societies.
Below the aristocracies and the landed nobility, there was very little social or political hierarchy. There was great “income equality,” as very few made much more than anyone else. In fact, very few made much at all… but they were pretty much equal!
Another thing the Left claims to find desirable today: there were very few strata between the lowest of the low and those in the most elevated positions, the aristocracy, the landed nobility. But, and this is yet another aspect of those primitive societies today’s Left loves: there was no social mobility, no financial mobility, no political mobility either.
Of course, by way of protecting this brave “new” world that the Left would bestow on us, you and I certainly can’t have any of those pesky freedoms we used to take for granted all the time: No speech, no freedom of worship, no freedom to assemble with whomever we damn well please, no press.
This is the society that today’s political Left would like to impose on you and me. This is the society that the American Democrat Party — now the American Socialist Party — would like to impose on you and me.
Oh, don’t go all, “Don’t you think you’re being a little harsh?” No, I’m not. The Democrats could have told Bernie Sanders to go stuff himself, and run as an honest Socialist, instead of legitimizing his wackiness behind whatever respectability the Democrats have left. But they didn’t. Instead they’ve twice allowed the old Bolshie crackpot nearly to become their nominee to run for President of the United States of America!
The Democrats could have told the nutty-as-a-fruitcake Socialist bimbo, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to go stuff herself, but they didn’t. They could have told all their other nutty-as-fruitcakes racists, doofuses, half-wits and Socialists (but I repeat myself) to go stuff themselves, but they didn’t. (Note: Ron Dellums, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, Patty Murray, Maxine Waters, Rashida Tlaib, to name just a few)
Doug often tells me not to be so angry! And, of course, that I shouldn’t be so full of “hate.” (here, for example)
The American Left — and its political wing, the Democrat Party — propose to bring down the greatest, freest, noblest, most generous, most opportunity-laden society in the history of the world, to replace it with the same primitive, oppressive society that does little more than treat individuals according to their ability to contribute to their political masters’ well-being.
If you don’t hate that — really hate that — then you either haven’t been paying attention, or you haven’t been thinking, or you have no understanding of history. Either way, you haven’t been fulfilling your sacred obligation as a member of the greatest society ever produced — the duty to be informed… and to give a tinker’s damn.
You, and Doug , and I — all Americans — have a sacred responsibility to hate the thing — leftist ideology — that would make this, the greatest country that has ever existed, nothing but a memory, as the groaning masses slide beneath the waves of primitive brutishness that the American Left has adopted as their guiding principles.
This country, the United States of America, has done more to lift people all around the world out of oppression, poverty, starvation, war and despair, than all other forces combined (except Christianity — but this is a politically-focused post) in the history of the world.
Idiots like Barack Obama have openly suggested that this country needs to be “fundamentally changed.” Oh, yeah? To what precisely, pray tell?!?
The United States military has liberated billions of people from slavery, from hunger, from disease.
The United States has produced medical innovations that have cured countless diseases, that have alleviated agonizing pain for billions, that have saved and prolonged billions of lives.
The United States has produced technological innovations that have made lives easier and better for billions around the world. The internet — first rolled out here in America as a defense department project — has made it so that you and I can have information that used to take months to procure… in a matter of seconds. Now, thanks to the internet, you and I can be better-educated and informed than our parents and grandparents… and never leave the comfort of our living rooms!
The United States has put in place an economic engine that, if unimpeded, has lifted more people out of poverty than all other systems combined in history. And by a factor of many, many, many times.
The United States of America produced all that. Pray tell, what would you “fundamentally change” about it — except, perhaps, to say, “More of it, please! A lot more!”
And, pray tell, why wouldn’t anyone hate the body of thought that would deprive the world of all that. Why wouldn’t anyone heap scorn and derision all over those who would suggest that such a country, such a system, such magnificent achievement is somehow… bad?
Doug tells me that these people — the ones who tell you that this is the most oppressive country ever — “love America every bit as much as you or I do.” (here, for example)
To that I say simply, “Hogwash!” And obviously so.
The leftists who would bring down the society that has done more for billions upon billions of other people in the world and right here at home, hate America. Otherwise, why bring it down?
What do you “love” that requires that you change its very nature? To bring about “fundamental change?” What do you love that needs to be brought down?
The leftists who would overthrow the country that rose the highest and furthest out of the muck and darkness of primitive history don’t “love America.” They loathe America, and they despise people, especially. Because America has done the most, since its inception, to benefit… people, American or otherwise. Why would anyone “compromise” with such people.
I made this point to Doug:
“One last quick thing: In 1932, there were so many voices just like yours saying, “We should just compromise with Herr Hitler, you extremists!”
There are bad people in America; there are bad people in politics.”
In 1932, there were, obviously, too few voices willing to speak out, loudly, stridently, without compromise, against “Herr Hitler.” The thing about Hitler that shocked everyone was that he came from the country that produced Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart, and so many more. This was the country that had produced some of the most provocative thinkers of all of history. This was, many said, the most civilized, the most cultured, the most refined country this world had ever seen.
Then out pops this cretinous, ranting, raving primitive Herr Hitler and he takes over the entire place! He launches a movement that slaughters millions. In less than 15 years, his movement obliterates the civilized part of Germany that was centuries in the making, lays waste to an entire continent, murders millions and nearly annihilates an entire people.
Wouldn’t it have been nice if there had been more voices speaking out loudly, stridently, without compromise — especially without compromise — and saying, “Hell no! Not ever!”
Astonishingly, Hitler wasn’t the only bastard to do this! The same story has taken place many times in the past. For example, wouldn’t it have been nice if there had been more,a whole lot more, voices speaking out, loudly, stridently, without compromise against… Stalin, Mao, Castro, the Kims, Pol Pot, Ho Chi Minh, and so many others? Quick side note: Mao’s “revolution” in China is still killing people in America today. Wouldn’t it have been nice if there had been more voices… without compromise?
Now, we have the most civilized country the world has ever produced. Just like Germany of the early 1930’s. Why would we think we’re immune to being taken over by cretinous, ranting, raving primitive totalitarians like Herr Hitler, only with different names. After all, we elect these bastards to Congress, and to the Governor’s office, all the time.
The new totalitarians are Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez, Schumer, Cuomo, Perez (Tom, head of the DNC), de Blasio, Newsom, Wolf (Tom, gov. PA), Garcetti, Murphy (Phil, gov. New Jersey, and Chris, sen. CT) and more. (The pandemic has smoked the bastards out.)
We all have a sacred responsibility to love America, and to hate anything that would injure her, or bring her down. We have a sacred responsibility to hate it with passion, fire and unrelenting energy. We have a sacred responsibility to prevent the bastards from taking over America, and we have a sacred responsibility to hate everything these bastards stand for.
(1) Thomas Hobbes’ memorable expression.