Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Authoritarian Left

The whole barracks was in the state of filth and chaos to which the militia reduced every building they occupied and which seems to be one of the by-products of revolution. In every corner you came upon piles of smashed furniture, broken saddles, brass cavalry-helmets, empty sabre-scabbards, and decaying food. There was frightful wastage of food, especially bread.
-- George Orwell, describing communist destruction in Homage to Catalonia

I started blogging because I held out hope liberals and conservatives could at least find some common principles around which to conduct civil debates. I was wrong.

The collectivist, authoritarian left has taken over the Democrat party, and like the body snatchers, they've misappropriated the term liberal, and I know something about that. I come from a family of Democrats, on both sides. I voted for Al Gore in the 1988 Democrat Party primary. That was before he became unhinged, back when the party still had serious adults who kept the leftwing loonies on the fringes.

Protect the Hive

The reason I quit blogging is because trying to debate doctrinaire leftists is like running into an angry hive of bees.  They have replaced all thinking with ideological dogma which shall not be questioned. They don't want their gossamer world-view disturbed.  Like a defensive two-year old screaming 'don't touch me!'  They shriek 'racist!' 'tea bagger!' 'bigot!' at anyone who approaches and tries to engage them in a calm exploration of the issues of the day.

Attempting to debate such people is not worth my time.  They are closed minded.  Discussion with them is futile.  It's red flag-blue flag team sport politics.  Red State bad, Blue State good.  Got it?

As a bonus, they defend the destruction of civil liberties by the state, so long as one of their progressive heroes is at the helm.  Ideology replaces thought.

They turn our founding principles on their heads:
Progressives, who consider democracy the source of liberty, reverse the Founders’ premise, which was: Liberty preexists governments, which, the Declaration says, are legitimate when “instituted” to “secure” natural rights.  (George Will)
Here's more from Will:
“In Europe,” wrote James Madison, “charters of liberty have been granted by power,” but America has “charters of power granted by liberty.” 
Samantha Powers (a true liberal I often disagree with) talks about the left's very illiberal view of Hirsi Ali:
Somali-born Ayaan Hirsi Ali has been a vocal critic of women's oppression under Islamic law. She's blasted arranged marriage, legally sanctioned domestic violence, genital mutilation, and the killing of adulteresses and rape victims. Despite being a supporter of abortion rights, an atheist, and an advocate of gay and women's rights, she is despised by many who claim to be defenders of women's rights. Over the years, they have worked to delegitimize her in the hopes that she will be silenced.
Comments like the following, flowing from the sanctimonious pens of castrated liberal males, safely swaddled in the luxurious liberal salons of the US, really piss me off:
In reviewing her book, Nomad, Nicholas Kristof lamented that, "Hirsi Ali denounces Islam with a ferocity that I find strident. … Her memoir suggests that she never quite outgrew her rebellious teenager phase." 
Yeah, haha, those teenage girls really get rebellious when their genitals are cut off and they're sold like chattel into marriage to a dirty old man.  I would pay to see Kristof and his putrid ilk have his ribs broken by a club-wielding imam, among other things.  I doubt Chrisophe the lamebrained liberal would be so sanguine if his genitals were mutilated by muslim butchers.

Same goes for this stupid bitch:
Guardian columnist Emma Brockes complained that in criticizing Islam, Hirsi Ali "is startlingly direct" and is "deliberately, almost narcissistically provocative."
I'd love for Brockes to don a burka and do some field reporting from Saudi Arabia, Yemen or Afghanistan.  We'd see if she could hold her 'provocative narcissism' at bay after being raped by a stinking misogynist and then having her friend butchered in the street like a hog by an islamist screaming Allahu Akbar who leaves a note telling her she's next.

See, Ali is the wrong kind of black woman.  New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez is the wrong kind of Latina.  They don't fit in the clustered-up smelting pot that is modern-day liberalism, where privileged groups enjoy special status, so long as they observe the pecking order and don't rock the boat with any freethinking. 

There is no nuance to their thought; everything is an indoctrinated reflex.  No shades of gray.  None dare thoughtfully consider anything proffered by a conservative.  If someone expresses sympathy for an ideal they hate, that person is beyond the pale, they are an illegitimate debater, and everything they say is wrong.  The American left is shot through with category errors and ad hominem.  It is a gloaming cluster of logical fallacies too dense to penetrate.

Some worry that the leftwing progressives will destroy the country, but I think that a coalition that harvests votes from both islamists and gays is doomed to collapse.  And our nation is stronger than that.  If there is a God in heaven, and if human nature bears itself out, as it always does, they will end up destroying themselves first. Know-nothing obscurantists always do.

Progressives are wrong about the Essence of the Constitution
Liberals Attack Female Fighting Misogyny 

Mark Steyn - The Slow Death of Free Speech

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