Over at NRO a very good run-down on the D’Souza case and how it changed his views of the left:
…The principal evolution in the author’s thinking involves seeing his political adversaries as, yes, enemies. And as criminals. As a conservative intellectual, D’Souza had assessed progressives as true believers in an utterly flawed ideology. He was a forceful advocate of the conservative counter-case: liberty, limited government, human fallibility, the wisdom undergirding our traditions. Yet implicit in his arguments was the sense of engagement in a real battle of ideas against a bona fide political opponent.
After his harrowing adventure — first, in the crosshairs of a corrupt executive branch that knows that the administration of governmental processes can ruin even the most innocent of men, never mind one who has actually committed an infraction; then, in the company of lifetime criminals whose lives are mainly about taking what is not rightfully theirs — D’Souza has changed. Progressives, he now perceives, are engaged in a massive scheme to “steal America,” meaning all of its wealth and traditions. Their ideas and the foibles of their interest-group politics are often incoherent because they are not actually meant to cohere. They are, instead, a Machiavellian ploy, a pretense to morality (because the public expects it) that camouflages the remorseless acquisition of power needed to rob the public blind…
And the reason they must rob us blind (of our property, our liberty and our beliefs) is because if they don’t, they can’t control us. If you’re sitting there in absolute security for you property, liberty and belief, just what would you care that the Progs out there want “safe spaces”? But you will be made to care – and the method of doing this is to take away what you have and leave you naked in the public square…forced by that circumstance to knuckle under to the dictates of the left.
The left doesn’t want just a few things – it wants everything. Nothing is to be left out of their totalitarian world – we’ll all have to do as we’re told. Unless, that is, we start to fight them – and defeat them. This would actually be quite easy, as the left has only minimal real support among the American people. Maybe 10 to 15 percent of Americans are really on board with the leftwing worldview. The rest of their supporters are brought in by the false impression that leftists care about people, or fear of crossing the left. A genuine fight against these people means we win – but that means, first and foremost, that we have to stop thinking Progressives as people who just have a different idea of how to arrive at a common goal. Their goals are not ours. Not even a little bit. And the Progressives don’t want us as partners, anyways. They want us out of the way – sure, they’ll smile and go along if we help them advance their goals, but when push comes to shove, they’ll show their teeth and they’ll never give up an iota of their desires in the spirit of compromise. For the Progressives, compromise means they get part of what they want right away, the rest of it next year.
As we head into 2016 and beyond, it is worthwhile to keep this in mind. We don’t have to get nasty like the left, but we do have to be firm. Unbending, actually. I doubt much that the current crop of GOP leadership is capable of this – but over time I do think we can get leadership which does. I certainly hope we can – because I’d hate for us to lose the United States by simply refusing to fight for her.
I’ve been beating this drum for the better part of two years. As I’ve said before, I’ve pretty much distanced myself from all progressive friends and family. To debate with them is to give legitimacy to their position, and their position is not legitimate — not any part of it. I held out for as long as I could, thinking that we still had one slender thread of common interest — that we wished to leave the world better than we found it for the next generation. But the Left is way ahead of us, using our educational institutions to brainwash the next generation into blindly accepting a less than better world. The Obama years, while they’ve been an abomination, have opened my eyes to just exactly what the modern Left is about. I guess you could say, like D’Souza, I’ve seen the light. Now the next step is to fight the Leftist agenda with civil disobedience and work to defund them.
Defunding them is key, in my view – the left lives off the American taxpayer. Take away the government money and the left dries up…and this includes their billionaire moneybags who are not real capitalists, at all, but mere hucksters who used government, one way or another, to make their money. It was why I was hopeful for Walker, because he showed the way. I’m not sure any of them in the mix right now are capable of it, but we’ll see. But we must do it – take away their taxpayer money.
Or we could just use their own playbook against them and kill them before they kill us, heh. Actually, I say that only partially in jest as some on the Left are already calling for prosecution of anyone who doesn’t toe the line on things like acceptable speech and climate change. If the Left had absolute power, most of the Bill of Rights would be gone in a heartbeat. I do think, to some extent, that we are in the early stages of a war for the soul of America. It’s still a war of words at this point, but, sooner or later, someone is going to take it to the next level, and I think it’s going to get very ugly. Even now, look at how many are treating words they disagree with as though they were lethal weapons. And that’s just a recent phenomenon.
I’m lucky I live where I live, as we don’t see a lot of left-wing nitwittery in northeast Indiana. Even Fort Wayne, which is about 15 miles from us, is a pretty conservative town and somewhat of an island 125 to 180 miles from Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Columbus, Detroit and Chicago, and 350 from St. Louis, so we’re pretty isolated from a lot of the big city kookery.
Walker still showed the way – all we need is a President who will sign the bills…you know, the ones actually de-funding various aspects of the Progressive machine. And the best thing about it is that we can use class warfare rhetoric to get it done…after all, why are taxpayers expected to subsidize the lifestyle of the rich and famous progressives?
Interesting article this morning over at AT about this subject. Here’s an excerpt:
The antecedents of Barack Obama’s hatred of America are now well understood. Obama was groomed from the womb to abhor this white majority, predominantly Christian free enterprise Republic. From his expatriate, capitalism-hating mother, from his alcoholic Communist father and his perv Communist mentor, detesting America was in his mother’s milk and the blood in his veins. But it was the murderous Bill Ayers who recognized in Obama a destructive potential greater than a million bombs cooked up in basements. Ayers concocted the poison cocktail called Barack Obama that everybody wanted to drink, but nobody wanted to taste first. America is Barack Obama’s prey. He is tearing America apart and feeding the pieces of her life to his foreign and domestic fellow travelers. He is not transforming the nation but terminating it.
And this also explains the rise of Trump. He may be bombastic, he may be a little sexist and he is definitely politically incorrect, but Trump is one of us. He is a red blooded American that believes in American exceptionalism, believes in the nobleness of this country and defends it with every fiber of his being, and I think that is resonating across this country. Truth be known I think a lot of Trumps support is also found amongst many Democrats and independents.
A very revealing thing I read today was one of Obama’s toadies opining that opposition to Obama is based upon fear of a former ruling class (white Christians) entering into the new Multicultural America. In the view of someone like Obama, we’re already there – we’re already fundamentally transformed and it is just time for us to lump it and get with the program. There’s no going back!
Of course, it isn’t quite like that, at all. And lost in sight these past 7 years is just how badly crushed the Progressives have been at the polls with the exception of the White House. It seems that the broad majority of Americans is not quite ready to give up. Never underestimate how sealed off the Progressives are from reality.
Everyone needs to read this editorial (if you can get through it)
I feel sorry for this guy. He is a good example of the “educated idiot”. His mind is so tied up in progressive propaganda knots that he can’t even think straight. And notice the condescending tones that are so predictable amongst the urban progressive elite.
Just a couple of observations:
WTF is wrong with the Chicago Police Dept.? I don’t buy into this police brutality narrative but good Lord, do the police in Chicago shoot first? They seem to have a problem.
On and that matter, Rahm cut his vacation short to address the recent shooting in Chicago. Where was he vacationing? Cuba. Castro’s paradise. Doesn’t it make sense that a top Democrat would be vacationing in Cuba? Too funny.
He was probably getting some pointers on how to keep in power after you’ve been in power for 50 years and have made every last thing worse…
“Progressives, he now perceives, are engaged in a massive scheme to “steal America,” meaning all of its wealth and traditions. Their ideas and the foibles of their interest-group politics are often incoherent because they are not actually meant to cohere. They are, instead, a Machiavellian ploy, a pretense to morality (because the public expects it) that camouflages the remorseless acquisition of power needed to rob the public blind…”
I do not believe that the rank and file supporters of Progressivism actually are motivated by a “….remorseless acquisition of power needed to rob the public blind…” I do believe that the leaders of the movement are, and that the supporters, including those who lurk on the outskirts of this blog and every now and then try to stick their noses under the tent, are merely the useful idiots described by—Stalin? Don’t remember, don’t care, they are pretty interchangeable.
I don’t think Rusty and mersault and poor inane casper are even aware of the larger agenda of their leaders and minders. They have made themselves available as foot soldiers for the cause by publicizing their personality disorders: a need to hate and the subsequent need of targets for this hatred, of a need to feel morally superior without having to do the heavy lifting of actually BEING morally superior but just by mouthing the “right” platitudes (and simultaneously branding the Opposition as also being opposed to the moral stance implicit in their posturing) and their quite evident willingness to suspend thought processes if their emotions can be engaged.
These characteristics make them perfect fodder for the truly ideologically motivated. As we have seen here, the foot soldiers have no true ideology, and seem to be quite ignorant of the ideology they are enabling. Not one of them, aside from self-avowed Marxist James, has been able or at least willing to define a coherent political philosophy, and when that of their movement is described they rush to deny that the definition is accurate. (“No, I don’t believe that the size, scope and power of the federal government should be infinitely expandable…” but refuse to give any boundaries to that expansion.)
The Right certainly has its share of demagogues and sheeple attracted to their emotion-based appeal, but the Left is wholly dependent on demagoguery and emotion. Supporters of Progressivism refuse to look beneath the surface of the feel-good shortcuts to the Higher Moral Ground of lip service to “fairness” and “equality” to see the heavy hand of government control and power they are actually promoting. It is enough for them to have the superficial appearance of virtue accompanied by sanctioned hate telling them it is not only OK but proof of intellectual and moral superiority to try to savage anyone on the Other Side. It is the best of all worlds for the hostile and surly who are also too lazy to research the reality of what they support, or lacking the character and courage it would take for them to admit they are backing a brutal and dehumanizing political movement whose true agenda is the polar opposite of the platitudes they mouth.