The New “Liberals” and the New “Conservatives”
Two stories have dominated the mainstream and social media recently. One is the tragic shooting in Charleston. The other is the Supreme Court’s decision regarding gay marriage. Meanwhile, of course, while few were looking, our always gutless Congress caved in and gave President Obama fast track authority for the despicable Trans Pacific Partnership deal.
Traditionally, “liberal” meant someone who was open-minded, tolerant, desirous of reform, and sympathetic towards the downtrodden and underdogs of society. For example, liberals of past generations wanted to end slavery, child labor, grant females the right to vote, etc. In all those instances, they were attempting to either expand the rights and privileges granted to some to everyone, or either to stop the exploitation of helpless youngsters. The only people who were at risk of conceivably losing anything through their efforts were those who were exploiting others for their own gain, whether they were slaves or children forced into hard labor. One of the most famous liberals of his time was Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson has been so vilified in recent years that it hardly came as a surprise when earlier this week CNN’s Ashley Banfield suggested that statues of him should be taken down because he owned slaves.
Today’s “liberal” is primarily concerned with taking away rights or privileges from their political enemies. For instance, the ongoing crusade to remove the Confederate flag not only from the South Carolina state capitol, but from all of American society. In the minds of modern “liberal” activists, this will somehow benefit present-day black people. And their hypocrisy has never been more evident than in the two cases presently dominating mainstream news coverage. While the campaign to remove the Confederate flag is based exclusively on how offensive it is towards black Americans, “Liberal” support for gay marriage doesn’t consider the fact that it is just as offensive to old-fashioned Americans of all races.
To the modern “liberal,” only certain groups and certain philosophies have the right to be offended. One of the groups most often claiming to be offended by various social changes are traditional Christians. Their sensibilities don’t matter to “liberals.” They must learn to be “tolerant” and “inclusive.” Meanwhile, favored groups of the new “Left” are encouraged to claim offense over virtually anything. “Liberals” now have accomplished the difficult feat of being the most intolerant among us, with their intolerance being directed at those they allege are the intolerant. They have become experts at hating the so-called “haters.”
Today’s “conservatives” are hardly any better. The idea that they even refer to themselves as such is ridiculous. Just what is there about our corrupt and crumbling civilization that is worth “conserving?” Once concerned with promoting an ethical, responsible philosophy that sought to limit the size and power of government and abide by the Constitution, they have largely abandoned all this for an unprincipled “Looking Out For Number One” mentality. “He who dies with the most toys wins.” They are devoted to the writings of Ayn Rand, and her notion that greed and selfishness were virtues.
Thus, “Conservatives” advocate cutting what few social safety nets still exist in America for our poorest citizens. They are preoccupied with who’s buying what with their food stamps, what kids are getting a putrid free lunch in school, and how their taxes are being wasted on lazy ingrates. Their “big government” concerns became a thing of the past, once the monstrous, unconstitutional Homeland Security department was created under George Dubya Bush. They have nothing to offer the American people but more calls for austerity, raising the retirement age for Social Security, and perpetual pleas of “sacrifice.” Their entire existence now revolves around this endless, mindless “war on terror,” which is being waged against a largely unknowable, unseen enemy that seems to be increasingly evolving into those who oppose their actions.
We have no choice here. “Liberals” will destroy us with their insidious authoritarianism that is built upon the wildly inconsistent tenets of political correctness. They seemingly exist only to monitor what they consider to be offensive speech and thought, with the goal always of getting someone fired and ruining their life. Meanwhile, “Conservatives” worship at the alter of our corrupt marketplace, and appear to want to outsource every non- management job in the country. Their “trickle up” economics approach has succeeded in consolidating the wealth to almost an unimaginable extent. They are undoubtedly overjoyed with the reports that, if present trends continue, their vaunted One Percent will have more wealth than the remaining 99 percent of us by 2016.
On all issues of real importance, “Liberals” and “Conservatives” agree. Thus, the deadly Trans Pacific Partnership was inevitably going to pass, because both groups really wanted it. For “Liberals,” it means more “diversity” in terms of foreign workers, and their faith requires them to support that, despite the crushing impact it will have on the already staggering American workforce. For “Conservatives,” it means more cheap labor, and that’s all that counts. Thus, both sides always want more immigration. For “Liberals,” they represent more perceived voters, and for “Conservatives,” they represent a further depression of American blue-collar wages, as well as a dissolution of what few benefits they still enjoy.
And so the “Left” and “Right” paradigm continues to play out. The mainstream media trumpets the debate over gay marriage, or the Confederate flag, as if these are the pressing issues of the moment. But free trade, immigration and continuous political corruption are scoffed at, and relegated to the world of “conspiracy theorists.” Our professional “journalists” would rather talk about Bruce Jenner’s transformation into Caitlyn. We have become a veritable Idiocracy, but unlike the world envisioned by Mike Judge, there is an unscrupulous elite ruling over the madness, for their own nefarious purposes.
I believe that populism is the only answer to the massive problems we face. Populists are for the little guy, and against too much concentrated power anywhere, by an individual or a group. Thus, big business is just as bad as big government. Don’t be satisfied with another laughable charade of an election. What thinking person would want to pay the slightest attention to either Hillary Clinton or Jeb Bush? Are we really satisfied with such “choices?” Don’t buy into the phony Fox News vs. MSNBC game.
In all reality, we have very few civil libertarians left in this country, at least ones who have any sort of public platform. The desire seems to be to throw even more Americans into prison, utilizing any new unnecessary and unconstitutional law our horrific representatives can devise. The drumbeats for more war, more incivility, more austerity and draconian measures, is becoming incessant throughout officialdom.
But it’s all okay. Caitlyn Jenner is a hero. Gay marriage is legal now. And the Confederate flag seems on the verge of being banned altogether. There may eventually be demands that those who possess one join the record number of Americans already behind bars. Maybe those who dare to whistle “Dixie” should be jailed, too. And the Trans Pacific Partnership will make everything even better.
Both “Liberals” and “Conservatives” agree that the unemployment rate is a non-threatening 5-6%. They also agree that some 90-100 million American adults are out of work. You do the math. And both sides want to add millions of illegal immigrants into the mix, to compete with all the unemployed citizens for jobs.
At what point are the majority of Americans going to awaken from their stupor? To finally acknowledge that none of these emperors are wearing any clothes?