Dennis Prager over at FrontPageMag does a great job explaining what I was trying to say here about how the vast majority of the Left are simply parishioners in the pew desperately seeking meaning from the 10% or so doing the preaching from the pulpit.
It’s alliteration Wednesday!
How is one to rationally explain the Democrats’ belief that the government taking over another one-sixth of the American economy is a good thing?
The answer is religion.
Given the huge economic failures that the left itself attributes to Medicare and Medicaid and given the economic collapse or near collapse of these systems in other countries, the left’s prescriptions can only be explained in one way: The left has made its views a form of religion.
Most individuals on the left are not religious, but virtually all people, secular and religious, liberal and conservative, yearn to believe in dogma, i.e., absolute beliefs that transcend reason. For people on the left in Europe, the United States and elsewhere, belief in the state — the notion that the state can do a better job at helping people and making a good society — is one such dogma. This applies especially to educating the young and to health care.
That’s exactly right. I think this is the dogma. The State, for those on the Left, substitutes for God. Somebody has to be in charge but individuals doing so for themselves is anathema to a secular dogma. Since there is no God, the State will do nicely.
The problem, of course, is simply that doing so elevates mortals to deity status and instills in those mortals deity-esque responsibility for and control over matters of life, death and liberty. Apparently a Harvard Law degree and a soothing baritone suffice for conferring on the chosen one power over the rest of mankind.
One cannot understand the left if one does not appreciate the world of dogmas in which most left-wing thinkers live. What the monastery is to monks, the university and the mainstream media are to the left.
That is the only way to explain the left’s belief that government-run health care, having the government take over so much more of society, raising taxes yet again, expanding government even more and increasing the number of people employed by the government will all be good for America.
That’s spot-on as well. We’ve said over and over here how there is not a single, rational argument for ObamaCare anywhere on the Left. The argument can’t exist. So in order to sell it, the 90% of parishoner liberals must simply accept the Word of the 10% as law handed down from on high. Again, two minutes of thought is all it takes to dismantle any alleged benefit from government-run health care. But to a believer in the Church of PURR, thought need not exist because the answers are provided to them by the apostles in Congress, the ivory tower and the legacy media.
(G’head, make my day by telling me the same argument can be used to disprove the existence of God. I dare you.)
Dogma explains why it is useless to point out to the left how the left has economically crippled California, once the most prosperous, most adventurous, most successful “country” in the world (it has an economy that would make it about the seventh largest country in the world). Likewise, it does not matter to blacks what Democrats have done to their cities. As they watch their cities crumble, they will once again vote overwhelmingly for the party that oversaw this destruction.
“Facts”, being relative to the preachers on the Left, are literally irrelevant to the parishioners. Almost every single social ill in this Country can be traced directly to a policy instituted and administered by the Left. All of them are inevitable consequences of the entitlement ethos and all of them are preventable and correctable with liberty and capitalism. It’s that simple. Really.
I don’t think it’s “useless” to point these things out to the Left. To the contrary, I think we need to do it more often and more forcefully. Not doing so plays into the nonsensical concept that bi-partisanship, consensus and collegiality are effective to solving problems. Not enough of us have said point blank to every liberal we meet that they’re wrong, and here’s why. Another reason the David Frum school of building a majority won’t work is because much of that which he suggests Republicans adopt as a platform are wrong. You can’t build a bridge with quicksand. Doing so to appease the Quicksandocrats is going to land a whole hell of a lot of us in the river. Same thing goes for building ‘consensus’ and fostering ‘bi-partisanship’ with ideas and policies that can’t work.
In my experience, people very rarely come out of personal belief scriptures on their own. There’s just no reason to do so. It’s comfortable in the pew. The only way that process can even begin is for them to hear the truth. If they don’t want to hear it, that’s their business, but it’s nonetheless my business to tell it and to keep on telling it. We have a better chance of breaking through to people if we speak from a position of unabashed confidence in the rightness of our ideas. We have history, logic, reason and comon sense on our side. What are we afraid of?
Frankly, I don’t yearn for what is unseen. Rather, having a realistic understanding of the limitations of human beings, I am in awe of what I already see — the unique American achievement of affluence, liberty, decency, opportunity and medical innovations.
While I happen to believe in God, neither do I. “The unique American achievement of affluence, liberty, decency, opportunity and medical innovations” didn’t happen because the Founders saw discrimination, racism, sexism, injustice and every other imaginary exploitation of individuals on which the Left bases its ideology, lurking behind every corner. It happened because they saw the glory of individual potential when unleashed from the shackles of serfdom. It happened because they recognized that the State’s only legitimate functions are to provide security from tyrants and demigods who would impede that potential. It happened because they understood that man is endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights.
The Left is looking for those rights and that glory from the Church of PURR. They will never, ever find it.