Monday, December 12, 2005

Not Your Father's Looney Tunes

Reasonable people can and often do disagree about almost anything. In most cases, I relish the debate with someone who feels strongly in opposition to that which I believe. It's such a good way to learn, strengthen my own argument, find weaknesses in my thinking, or even change my whole mode of thought. What I find distasteful, however, is someone who argues strongly, but without rhyme or reason. That is why I find so much of the modern Leftist political dialogue so disgraceful. At best, it is ignorance; at worst, deliberate lies. In either case, it reflects a blind leap of faith toward a nonexistent Utopia that is imagined in their own ideological dreamworld. Yet I am the one most often accused and dismissed as an irrational, uneducated Christian. It leaves me somewhat dumbfounded that the most asinine assertions of modern Leftists are received by any audience without laughter unto incontinence.

A writer for The American Thinker, Timothy Birdnow, has posted a piece, The Mad King and The Crazy Left, that discusses possible foundations of the Looney Left. It's an excellent piece. Here are some excerpts that hopefully will frame his argument in an abbreviated version:

George the Third was the undisputed King of Great Britain; of that there can be no doubt. If it is true that pride goeth before a fall, then the King’s arrogance cost him his American colonies, and much, much more; George the Third lost his mind as a result of hubris, and ended up confined in an insane asylum, mad as a March Hare. This cautionary tale reflects an even greater fall, one which we are in the privileged position of witnessing: the collective mental breakdown of the Liberal Movement. We are witnessing the madness of the postmodern King!...

There seems to be a refusal among liberals to believe in reality these days...

According to author Phillip K. Dick, reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away...

Any Democrat wanting to be successful must bow before the multi-acronymed Postmodernists....

...philosophical underpinnings of what they believe...

1. Man Is Inherently Good

...the belief that our system is corrupting to the individual, and must be destroyed to free Man to realize his potential...

...a return to a state of nature will be a return to paradise...

...if freed from the tyranny of economic self-reliance, the individual will work diligently for the common good,...

2. Atheism/ Materialism

...since there is no God, man must find an adequate substitute. We have to be gods unto ourselves...

...This is accomplished largely through the exercise of power by the State...

...why the Left is so joyless. Liberals are amazingly glum, and seem totally devoid of humor or mirth. The liberal has to act as his own god, and that is a heavy burden, indeed! Everything depends on his own efforts. How can one be happy when, like Atlas, one must carry the World upon ones shoulders? Liberalism is a recipe for despair...

3. Subjective Reality

Human senses are imperfect, and human reason inadequate...

...refuses to accept that there is a God by whom all else is measured, and because the liberal is burdened with an absolute faith in human reason, modern Liberalism has as a tenet the concept that reality is subjective. (That is the only way to reconcile disagreement or errors in judgment with the perfectibility of man and reason.) The Left bases this on Twentieth Century science, particularly Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity...

...“judge not, lest ye be judged”...

...This subjectivity is very convenient to the Liberal, who may then manipulate reality as he sees fit,...

...It always comes down to the same argument; “what right have you to judge another person’s reality?”...

...If you believe hard enough, it will come true...

...They have come to believe that, if enough people really believe, it will change reality. The world is malleable, formed by the collective consciousness. (Notice, that makes us gods!) Therefore, if we made it, we can remake it!...

...These three principles have always colored the views of the Left, but, much like the family who hides their crazy aunt in a closet when guests come, they’ve succeeded in hiding this insanity, thanks to their control of the news media, education, and their influence in government. Why haven’t we seen this side of them until now?

Because they are losing their control of the dissemination of information, and of the Holy Church of Government. The new media – talk radio, Fox News, The American Thinker and the rest of the blogopshere - have broken their control of the electronic leviathan. They have seen their hopes in Socialism and Communism dashed; they have seen their belief in the United Nations destroyed. The loss of the Presidency, Congress, and the potential loss of the Supreme Court threaten to put the Left out to pasture permanently. How can they stand that?...

...The Left must be treated in a similar manner; they must be politically and intellectually restrained until those poor souls regain their grasp on reality...

[Like King George III during his fits of insanity]

Birdnow's ideas make some good sense in understanding the Loonies, but it certainly doesn't make their claims any more palatable. Keeping them out of the Presidency, out of control of both Houses of Congress, and off of the Supreme Court will help keep them 'restrained until those poor souls regain their grasp on reality' and help keep the country out of a similar Utopia that Stalin brought to The Soviet Union.

2 comments:

tee bee said...

I'd argue that point one is a schizophrenic belief; man is basically good is the light side of this molded reality that assumes in a correct system everyone will behave as they should. The dark side of this is the belief that socialism is that necessary system in order to compell basically good people to be good.

Don't worry if that doesn't make sense. It doesn't.

Steve said...

Birdnow makes that point clear as well.