by Brad Nelson 4/5/14
That could sum up libertarian Charles Cooke’s article about the firing of Brendan Eich from Mozilla for, several years ago, donating $1000 to California’s proposition 8 — a proposition that defined marriage as between one man and one woman, which was a position held by Obama at the time and a proposition that passed in California with 52% of the vote.
This site’s good friend, Nahalkides, has this to say in regards to some astute words by Cleanthes (I’ll including both) at the bottom of Cooke’s article:
Ho Hum. Another article at NRO where, having given in to the cultural Stalinists, we now complain that they exercise the power we have handed them.
And still, lessons learned: zero.
Gay “marriage” *is* the destruction of the line between public and private. It is to repudiate the only natural basis for the distinction. Without the family, the state may sweep away each and any thing it pleases in the name of “protecting” somebody or something it likes.
This will keep getting worse, Mr. Cooke, until you and your henchmen stop patting yourself on the back for supporting this absurdity and walk back your error.
My theory is that it’s the culture, and probably the popular culture, that is responsible for NRO squishes like Cooke and Goldberg. It’s not that they read too much Saul Alinsky, it’s that they see too many movies and watch too much television (yes, it’s only a guess, but I’m a very good guesser). Imbibing the Left’s poison in the form of its execrable popular culture will soon have you adopting its politics, first just around the edge but if you’re not careful you’ll wind up wondering what all the fuss is about a massive welfare state.
It takes great strength of character to resist the cultural tides when you’re immersed in them; evidently Cooke, Goldberg, and perhaps some others just couldn’t summon up enough of it. I think there still might be some hope for Cooke if he undergoes a “mugged by reality” moment to question his premises, but the saga of Brendan Eich he relates here was a golden opportunity he has so far failed to take advantage of.
Whatever one thinks about gay marriage, the first thing you should understand is that libertarians are powerless in regards to upholding any kind of decent common-sense standards. The problem is that they want their own vices (sex, drugs, and rock and roll — figuratively speaking on that last one) to be recognized and normalized by the state, despite their own deceitful marketing which says they are simply for liberty. When one is in the position of wanting one’s own vices to be recognized, one is not in any position to deny those of others. Thus “libertarian” is just is just another form of liberalism, if not libertinism.
The second lesson you should learn from this is that gay marriage is not about gay marriage. It’s simply a means by the Left to overturn society and remake it in their own narrow image. Rush had some astute comments on this yesterday. He said, in essence, that the Left (for whatever reason) feels like they don’t fit into society. So what they want to do is reorder society so that they fit in and and thus make everyone else an outcast.
That’s another way of saying the the freaks and degenerates will rule. I’m not personally hostile to freaks and degenerates, per se. But they ought not to be normalized and preferred over normal people.
So liberal fascism has strengthened itself again in our country. What next? Will being a conservative or Republican be grounds for being fired?
I wonder if any of the “useful idiots” who have supported gay marriage will now step up to the plate and admit that they were wrong. I wonder if they will admit that my own position was sound which was that “If gay marriage was about gay marriage, I could be for it. But it’s not.”
No, it’s not about marriage at all. It’s simply part of an entire scheme to force us all to give up our own freedoms (including the basic right to disagree) so that someone’s else’s very narrow and quite illiberal conception of society can be enforced upon us all.
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