I can’t demand that any of my readers go and spend an hour reading this essay in American Spectator, but I certainly can recommend it. It’s a long read, and a somewhat academic one, and it puts into words written at a higher level the chalkboarding and emoting you catch on Glen Beck every day. But it really is worth it: if We The People are ever going to get our acts together and take back our nation, then this shared awareness is where we will have to start.
Ever since Oliver Wendell Holmes argued in 1920 (Missouri v. Holland) that presidents, Congresses, and judges could not be bound by the U.S. Constitution regarding matters that the people who wrote and ratified it could not have foreseen, it has become conventional wisdom among our ruling class that they may transcend the Constitution while pretending allegiance to it. They began by stretching such constitutional terms as “interstate commerce” and “due process,” then transmuting others, e.g., “search and seizure,” into “privacy.” Thus in 1973 the Supreme Court endowed its invention of “privacy” with a “penumbra” that it deemed “broad enough to encompass a woman’s decision whether or not to terminate her pregnancy.” The court gave no other constitutional reasoning, period.
When the government declares, and its associated press echoes that “scientists say” this or that, ordinary people—or for that matter scientists who “don’t say,” or are not part of the ruling class—lose any right to see the information that went into what “scientists say.” Thus when Virginia’s attorney general subpoenaed the data by which Professor Michael Mann had concluded, while paid by the state of Virginia, that the earth’s temperatures are rising “like a hockey stick” from millennial stability—a conclusion on which billions of dollars’ worth of decisions were made—to investigate the possibility of fraud, the University of Virginia’s faculty senate condemned any inquiry into “scientific endeavor that has satisfied peer review standards” claiming that demands for data “send a chilling message to scientists...and indeed scholars in any discipline.” The Washington Post editorialized that the attorney general’s demands for data amounted to “an assault on reason.”
By identifying science and reason with themselves, our rulers delegitimize opposition. Though they cannot prevent Americans from worshiping God, they can make it as socially disabling as smoking—to be done furtively and with a bad social conscience. Though they cannot make Americans wish they were Europeans, they continue to press upon this nation of refugees from the rest of the world the notion that Americans ought to live by “world standards.”
The country class actually believes that America’s ways are superior to the rest of the world’s, and regards most of mankind as less free, less prosperous, and less virtuous. Thus while it delights in croissants and thinks Toyota’s factory methods are worth imitating, it dislikes the idea of adhering to “world standards.” This class also takes part in the U.S. armed forces body and soul: nearly all the enlisted, non-commissioned officers and officers under flag rank belong to this class in every measurable way. Few vote for the Democratic Party.
But the Republican Party does not live to represent the country class. For it to do so, it would have to become principles-based, as it has not been since the mid-1860s. The few who tried to make it so the party treated as rebels: Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan. The party helped defeat Goldwater. When it failed to stop Reagan, it saddled his and subsequent Republican administrations with establishmentarians who, under the Bush family, repudiated Reagan’s principles as much as they could. Barack Obama exaggerated in charging that Republicans had driven the country “into the ditch” all alone. But they had a hand in it.
Because aggressive, intolerant secularism is the moral and intellectual basis of the ruling class’s claim to rule, resistance to that rule, whether to the immorality of economic subsidies and privileges, or to the violation of the principle of equal treatment under equal law, or to its seizure of children’s education, must deal with secularism’s intellectual and moral core. This lies beyond the boundaries of politics as the term is commonly understood.
Yes, that’s a lot of quotations, far more than I usually make. I did that so that you would see the very broad range of topics covered by this essay. It shows how just about everything has gone wrong, and why ... and the answer is Progressivism. We have 3 generations worth of corruption to undo, and that’s going to require far more than just a couple wins at the polls in 2010 and 2012.
Is that the piece Rush talked about, for if it - it printed out as 23 pages - talk about homework!
I think so. It’s long, a good hour or more to read ... and you’ll probably want to go back and re-read parts, because you’ll have a few ah-ha moments.
3 word synopsis: Progressives bad. Fight!
It’s just that they’re more entrenched, more coordinated, and into more things than we ever realized.
The cynic in me says ‘not in my lifetime’.The optimist in me says’if we are lucky’.The Idealist in me says’Kill every damn one of them’.