by Anniel 10/5/14
On September 27th, Cato posted an article called Winning the Debate that really struck a nerve with me. For several weeks I had been observing the Bobsey Twins at the State Department, Marie Harf and Jen Psaki.
They are such obvious light-weight critters, and yet they act as though they know more than anyone else in the room about everything. Their lack of vibrancy and luster are such a conundrum. Eyes with no light. Hair which is also lifeless and looks like dead animals laid on their skulls, or as someone else called it: “flannel hair.”
I had thought for awhile that I was the only one bothered by their looks and the way these women can keep repeating the same lies, over and over again. No matter how many of those stubborn things called facts are presented to them, both women keep smiling and talking as though facts don’t exist and all others in the room are two-year-olds at nursery school. They totally ignore the rolling eyes and exasperated sighs of their audiences.
Where do these women (and the “Dude” guy) come from? Are they products of self-esteem, parental doting and Common Core, or is something else in play here?
Then I read about the lien filed against a State Department whistleblower’s home in a case not yet adjudicated, for the paltry sum of $13,000. The department also placed a lien for the same amount against the whistleblower’s father’s home. The State Department claims that the money is owed for legal fees incurred in defending the whistleblower’s harassment claims against the department. His father has nothing to do with the case whatsoever, but Secretary Kerry refuses to release the lien against the father’s home.
A few days later I listened (gag) to Kerry’s lecture to Code Pink when they interrupted his testimony before a Congressional committee. Did you know he fought in Vietnam, became a war protestor against an unjust war, blah, blah, blah? But the new war against ISIS is different and just, or whatever. I got a glimmer then that Kerry is like an insect caught in amber, he stopped developing as a man a long time ago. His story about his exploits will never change, and he really is not that smart.
The final blow was a clip of an interview with none other than Gary Hart (remember his Monkey Business?). Gary touts himself as the first politician to be hit by a sex scandal that became a media feeding frenzy. So it’s his fault, or the media’s, that we missed out on all the talents he had to offer if he had become president, which I guess he believes he would certainly have done. Then the nation would have been spared the pain of the Bush years, and an Obama could have come sooner. Now he just has to live with his guilt about inflicting Bush on us and the unfairness of it all.
Sometimes one can’t help but feel hollow when trying to understand such people, people who have been fossilized in amber at some stage of their development.
Then last week a woman called Rush Limbaugh from Homer, Alaska, which, by the way, is the most beautiful place on earth. She told him that she knows why conservatives are unable to reach the younger generation. It’s one word: victimization, and absolutely everyone is a victim, who deserves Justice and reparations, or a victimizer, a guilty person in need of redemption. The victimizers are also victims of their ancestors and because of their whiteness must bear the guilt of those ancestors, who have stolen and enslaved blacks and natives, polluted the planet, fought unjust wars, established an unjust nation, whatever.
As she spoke, the mindset of the people I had been puzzled over became more obvious and clear. She says she has looked at those stubborn things called facts and tried to talk to friends about them, but even if they believe her, the facts just confuse the issue in their minds. Global warming? So what if there isn’t any right now, when it finally comes we will have no time left to save the planet. Every young child watched Captain Planet and knows that their redemption will come from saving the world. Such a noble goal.
I can’t help but think how seductive it is for all children to be taught to be either victims in need of justice and reparations, or guilty sinners in need of redemption. There is no way out in their minds. If you know that men have an inborn sense they are in need of a Redeemer, and that redemption comes only from the great God, then what happens to that need when the truth is perverted? How do we reach the minds of emotionally blinded people?
If I may borrow from Cato’s article speaking of those (Daly and Ehrlich) who believe we face threatened resources in the future:
This shift from a progressive’s point of view from a resource-abundant past in which 31% of the global population escaped poverty to a future of desperate limitations and existential environmental threats is, of course, exactly why historical arguments are ignored.
Being charitable, Daly doesn’t see himself as being irrational. If the past is just a record of all that progressives detest, what is there for them to learn from it? What positive lessons are there from a past one believes can’t be sustained? Conservatives in debate must understand that history, necessarily for Daly and Ehrlich and all of their ideological kin, must be irrelevant to the future because if it is not the deep structure of progressive ideology falls apart.
The deep structure falls apart only when the herd minds of liberals are willing to crack their amber prisons and face those revelatory stubborn facts they currently find so distasteful. Conservatives need to get those facts out with courage and good cheer, as Cato says, one mind at a time, and the odds are presently against us, except God is still in charge and He has said:
For thus saith the Lord that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the Lord; and there is none else.< /i> Isaiah 45:18, KJV. • (1480 views)