Deconstructing America

DeconstructingThumbby Glenn Fairman
Certainly it can no longer be denied: The Progressive infiltration of our Fourth Estate and our intellectual academies are effectively complete. Although both were once highly regarded institutions, they have been thoroughly compromised as willing organs dedicated towards ushering in the Gospel of the Benevolent State. However, in order to make straight the steps leading to the Beautiful Lands, it became necessary to throw one’s professional integrity under the freight train and to sell one’s temporal soul for thirty pieces of silver and the respectability that one rightfully accrues upon assuming the title of House Courtesan. As it turned out, applicants lined up from around the block.

In promulgating the Big Lie as Liberalism’s Good News, it was incumbent upon the elitist nomenclatura to carry water that evangelized a counter-cultural mythology touting America both as de facto “Jailer of the Emergent Progressive Soul” and that “bloody boot” forever impressed upon the neck of its ubiquitous poor. Having long since bought into Post-Modernity’s deconstruction of truth, the demolition of history for the politicized perspective of utilitarian ends became the broken eggs of necessity. And if a crime of intellectual commission or omission obscured an inconvenient truth or required painting a Happy Face on the gates of a Destructive Labor Camp, then so be it–given the political revelation that an irresistible utopian transformation of mankind hung tenuously in the balance.[pullquote]In promulgating the Big Lie as Liberalism’s Good News, it was incumbent upon the elitist nomenclatura to carry water that evangelized a counter-cultural mythology touting America both as de facto “Jailer of the Emergent Progressive Soul” and that “bloody boot” forever impressed upon the neck of its ubiquitous poor.[/pullquote]

In turning a people away from their traditions, values, and beliefs, it is best to initiate the task at hand with the education of children, for he who molds the minds of the young holds the keys to a formidable power in the fullness of time. Additionally, if one can control the narrative of history and through selective and anecdotal fiat prove that the American experiment was in fact a vainglorious and self-interested project aimed towards the immoral acquisition and denial of political and economic power, then it is infinitely simpler to cleave a generation from its roots. It is only necessary to infer that what began in injustice proceeds in injustice. And while Charles Beard in his 1913 seminal work An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution of the United States laid the foundation for deconstructing American liberty, it would be Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States: 1492 to Present, that provided the polemical acid necessary to dissolve the worldview of millions of young ill-educated minds.

In utilizing Zinn’s textbook in High Schools and Colleges, the Left presented America with its image distorted as through a fun house mirror. A People’s History provided the perfect narrative from which a straw man caricature of the United States could be cobbled together with a primary emphasis placed on our national warts. Presenting the reader with a Manichean duality of robber barons and aristocrats vs. the teeming millions kept penniless and powerless, Zinn’s ersatz Marxian historical analysis interpreted through a jaundiced prism struck with a cynical pessimism. Indeed, events from the Revolutionary, Civil and both World Wars are drawn by the author in the most jaded perspective possible. Icons such as Washington and Lincoln are portrayed in the most unflattering terms and even the Second World War is ascribed to Japanese racism and our flexing of illegitimate economic and military power. Verily, this entire panorama of American history can be distilled down to the detritus of exploitation, suffering and relentless human misery for the downtrodden. But for some unexplainable reason, immigrants surprisingly did not flee America for their lives, but in fact stayed and carved out a life for themselves despite Zinn’s tale of horror and woe.

Armed with Howard Zinn’s warped looking glass and the books and monographs of a hundred others with the same contorted outlook, young people mal-educated in a government school curriculum of self-loathing saw no reason to take pride in such a benighted heritage and internalized that same intellectual bitterness: albeit at a more emotional gut level. Posing the fairy world dilemma in their narrative between cowering to the might of America’s Fascistic forces of reaction and in boldly speaking truth to power as the noble student vanguard who singlehandedly ended a South-East Asian genocide, the Left put their spin on the American zeitgeist and have been running with this tired meme ever since.[pullquote]… if one can control the narrative of history and through selective and anecdotal fiat prove that the American experiment was in fact a vainglorious and self-interested project aimed towards the immoral acquisition and denial of political and economic power, then it is infinitely simpler to cleave a generation from its roots.[/pullquote]

In fact, having in their salad years murmured and seethed about an America that was laughingly perceived as Totalistic and Fascist, the Progressives are self-deluded to the damning insight that free speech and inquiry during the “ancien regime” were then still very much alive and well, thank you. The Left is living evidence of that tolerant freedom: since clearly they posed a genuine Fifth Column danger to the Founder’s paradigm of America–an archetype of negative freedom, par excellence. That they proceeded unmolested from their counter-cultural incubators despite their shrill bleating of violent revolution and “social injustice denied” is revelatory of just how contrived a narrative their suffering had been.

But as the Progressives have ascended to the thrones of prestige and power, we now know that those hollow 60’s slogans trumpeting “Free Speech” and “A Plurality of Voices” were just so much poseur window dressing pandering glittering slogans to a herd consciousness. Indeed, any exotic collectivist flimflam was celebrated by the Left as they “worked the culture” – provided that it stuck hard and fast in the Founders’ ideological craw. Unveiled now as hypocrites of the highest order, Progressives have become so bloated and impervious to the consideration of heterodox thoughts that they have lost their capacity to enjoy the grand irony of it all—having becoming themselves the supreme tools of statist conformity in both word and deed. By commandeering the mediums of entertainment and opinion, the Left now blankets its oppressive egalitarian shroud over our nation and conspires to smother any party that dares reveal their political and philosophical nakedness.[pullquote]Armed with Howard Zinn’s warped looking glass and the books and monographs of a hundred others with the same contorted outlook, young people mal-educated in a government school curriculum of self-loathing saw no reason to take pride in such a benighted heritage and internalized that same intellectual bitterness:[/pullquote]

A Velvet Stalinism, Managerial liberalism’s reliable stock in trade, is in reality the fruition of what those peace loving radicals had in mind a generation ago. More fully, they firmly believe they have shown the world that in their capacity as artful disseminators of ideologically orthodox thinking, they are indeed the shining vanguard inaugurating a Brave New Science of Man. In holding that America has intellectually evolved beyond the constraints of Constitutionalism and its “effeminate” fears concerning the concentration of power in human hands, the Progressives’ are fully confident they have accomplished their sacred burden of proving to America that the Founding Fathers were mere rubes that fell off the bed of a turnip truck.

In spending their careers decrying the mote in their Fathers’ eyes, the splintered beam obstructing their own collective gaze proceeds unheeded. Meanwhile, all but that faithful remnant left to bear witness to America’s descent into subordinancy are oblivious to the knowledge that the cage door of servility is slamming shut—a testament to the lemming-like docility of a people as it waxes helplessly towards critical mass.
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Glenn Fairman writes from Highland, Ca. He can be reached at arete5000@dslextreme.com. • (1259 views)

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16 Responses to Deconstructing America

  1. Timothy Lane says:

    “Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.” In fact, I attended a meeting once in which a lecturer discussed 1984 and made the point that one of Orwell’s main concerns in the book was the mutability of history. As for the transformation of a movement that prated of Free Speech into a fascist band seeking to stamp out dissent, leftists always support civil liberties against the powerful — until they have the power, at which time their real agenda (totalitarian rule) comes out.

  2. Kung Fu Zu says:

    “In an interview with Canadian author and politician Michael Ignatieff on British television, Hobsbawm responded in the affirmative to the question of whether 20 million deaths may have been justified had the proposed communist utopia been created.

    The following year, when asked the same question on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, that is if “the sacrifice of millions of lives” would have been worth a communist utopia, he replied: “That’s what we felt when we fought the Second World War”. Hobsbawm has similarly argued that, “In a period in which, as you might imagine, mass murder and mass suffering are absolutely universal, the chance of a new world being born in great suffering would still have been worth backing”.”

    Eric Hobsbawn and his ilk are the type of historian which supports the Left. They will lie, misrepresent and ignore history if it fits their final ends. A few million dead, more or less, are all worth the glorious goal of our Elysian Utopia. And he was praised by the academic community in the U.K. Even the government gave him awards.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      Hobsbawm has similarly argued that, “In a period in which, as you might imagine, mass murder and mass suffering are absolutely universal, the chance of a new world being born in great suffering would still have been worth backing”.”

      You know, I think Jonah Goldberg captured this rapture that the Left has for always “coming into being.” Their toes tingle at the thought of “change.”

      The only good kind of “coming into being” is some kind of union with God. But those who turn it into a worldly pursuit (the Left) constantly do foolish things and are willing to sacrifice and murder millions to get that shiver to run up and down their pant leg a la Chris Matthews.

      This is why even though I might not buy all that religion has to sell, I understand that it is the only healthy way of dealing with these feelings we have of wanting to be more than we are. To see oneself as a part of the Body of Christ does not require anyone to “totally transform” the world.

      But to achieve the Leftist Utopia (which I believe is fueled by a bad combination of grievance and a desire for transcendence), one must break a few eggs, and gladly so because the search for Utopia always engages sadism and brutality. We do so currently to unborn babies and to the integrity of our nation as a whole. No price is too big to pay for their goofy dreams of the people who really ought to learn the lesson of being able to sit alone in a room quietly.

      But they can’t. So instead of hiring a good shrink or just dealing with life, they take it out on the rest of us under the guise of “good intentions.” But these people need to reset themselves, not the entire world. They are fools, and dangerous ones.

      • Kung Fu Zu says:

        Becoming is what it is all about. If the Left were to find this mysterious Utopia, some of them would be pissed off and start a rebellion against it. They simply have too large a psychological void to fill. The Universe couldn’t fill it up.

        • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

          I believe, as Michael Savage does, that liberalism is a mental disorder. I might back off just a bit from that and instead call it an emotional disorder. We’re really talking about immature (but often very dangerous) people who just can’t get used to the fact that others have more than they do.

          I really do think that this is what drives most on the Left. It’s envy. And as with any human emotion, it can be used for the good or the bad. If I see that Mr. Kung has a nice iPad that I sort of covet, I have two choices. I can whine and complain about how Mr. Kung had all the breaks in life and attempt to use government to confiscate some money from him, or I can get off my ass and earn the money to buy one.

          Leftism is about doing the former under the guise of “social justice” or any of the other BS titles the Left uses to justify taking from the producers and giving to the non-producers. That’s not the sort of society anyone but the leaches should want to live in. But as God is my witness, you see the highly corruptive nature of entitlements and other “free stuff.” Without naming any names, I’ve seen many so-called “conservatives” who talk a good game but when push comes to shove, they’re all too ready to get on the dole.

          This is the nature of hand-outs from the government. Socialism not only changes the relationship between government and the individual, but it changes it between individuals as well. There is truly nothing “social” about socialism, for it is a system based upon government hand-outs. And the existence of such hand-outs inherently has us pitting ourselves against one another as we throw proverbial elbows as we compete to find room at the government teat. Hows that for social?

          It takes a man of enormous integrity (at least these days) to turn down government assistance. I know one such man (pst4usa). But he’s a rare one. He’s a good Christian man who works hard, has a great family, runs his own business, and appreciates American and her founding principles.

          But too often we get the low-information Rons running around spouting complete nonsense and knowing very little about not that much at all. No great republic such as ours can survive if this many people have become deranged by the Left.

          And much of this pure envy and greed is masked under various high-sounding “transformative” language. And some truly do buy into this. After all, wasn’t it G.K. Chesterton who said that when man stops believing in God he then is apt to believe in anything? I think that Leftism makes a very poor substitute religion. And it shows.

          • Timothy Lane says:

            I have commented on occasion (both in FOSFAX and on blog sites such as NRO) that the reason liberals obamanate the Ten Commandments is that the commandment against coveting “anything that is your neighbor’s” strikes against the basis of liberal policy, and the commandment not to “bear false witness against your neighbor” is similarly harmful to liberal politics.

            • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

              Ditto, or as I often note, socialism is impossible if people obeyed the commandments not to steal and not to covet.

  3. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    You made a number of George Willian-quality points, Glenn. There wasn’t enough room to highlight them all with pull quotes. I hope everyone gets a chance to read this.

  4. Glenn Fairman Glenn Fairman says:

    In conflating the millions upon millions of broken and murdered lives annihilated in the service of making humanity fit into the abstracted shapes designed for them with those millions who readily sacrificed their virtuous existence to liberate people who lived on the other side of the earth, men whom they had not met, the speaker renders himself repulsive.

    What the Utopian does not know fills volumes that can fill the earth. He would surely find little moral distinction between the priest martyred for his faith and the suicide martyr who ignites his hatred in trolleys. He has bulldozed the concept of moral virtue.

    To the Utopian, humans are mere abstractions–eggs to be sacrificed for an inedible omelet made of men without faces. His claim of loving mankind is wholly one of theoretical abstraction—it is, however, those obstinate churlish ones that won’t enthusiastically go along with the recipe for perennial peace and order that sets his teeth on edge.

    • Kung Fu Zu says:

      It’s like I always say, “the Left loves humanity, its just people they hate”.

      • Glenn Fairman Glenn Fairman says:

        Is it true that the Right loves the individual, but despises grouping men into classes?

        • Kung Fu Zu says:

          “Is it true that the Right loves the individual, but despises grouping men into classes?”

          I believe it is true that the Right loves the individual, but I am not sure despises is the correct word as regards classes.

          A conservative, knowing human nature understands individuals’ inclination to form groups. (While the words groups and classes are not perfectly analogues they are close enough in meaning to use in this case.) This inclination is natural and has proven to be of utility to mankind, as it is questionable how long the species would have survived had we not learned to cooperate with each other.

          Of course the problem arose when different groups ran into each other. And for the greater part of history people have related to each other as parts of groups.

          Interestingly it modern day Conservatives who better than any other group, try to deal with people on an individual basis, i.e. understands and tolerates true diversity. Whereas the modern Leftist, his propaganda about diversity not withstanding, seeks conformity and longs for uniformity.

  5. Glenn — wonderful piece. It has been a source of great pain to see our children being taught to hate their country; I’ve had many a heated lunch-room discussion with teachers who felt it was their calling in life to spread their diseased view of the world to the next generation.

    Part of the problem is the liberal’s total lack of respect for their fellow human beings — they fail to see each person as the handiwork of God and see each person as just another pawn to “sacrifice.” But they don’t understand that “sacrifice” is something does on one’s own; you can’t sacrifice someone else — you can only sacrifice yourself.

    • Glenn Fairman Glenn Fairman says:

      that last sentence should be engraved on the pillars of the Capitol in the District of Mordor……..

    • Timothy Lane says:

      It has been pointed out that Christianity Is a major factor in the development of modern society (despite the Enlightenment hostility to religion) precisely because it treats ALL individuals as having souls and thus worthy of respect.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      I’ve had many a heated lunch-room discussion with teachers who felt it was their calling in life to spread their diseased view of the world to the next generation.

      That’s really amazing, isn’t it? People are so gleeful to run down man’s Last Best Hope on Earth. Okay, maybe I don’t believe in Satan, but stuff like this makes a very good case for something demonic going on with people.

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