We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The hate is terrible. Why can't people with different views tolerate each other? I can, no problem. Just change the subject when they get rabid. NEVER argue. It's not worth it because views arrived at by emotion or fashion can not be changed with logic.
We talked about this after church the other day. In a way, the Left have become neo-Puritans, with the important difference that they are thoroughgoing materialists rather than religious. They are godless in the sense of seeing no spiritual dimension to human life; one's material conditions are all that there is and all that is determinative to human happiness and well-being. If they can just arrange the material world in a particular way, the way the cultural elitists say is best, then heaven on earth results. So anything and everything that "offends" them must be obliterated; it all stands in the way of obtaining paradise. In this, they are no different than the Taliban or ISIS or many other cults that tried to create heaven and ended up creating hell.
YC us exactly correct - the left has adopted a new religion. As neo-Calvinists, they see themselves as the selected, and the people to rule over the rest of us. Just like the Taliban, they are conducting an ethnic cleansing of American history.
My father fought the Nazis, I'll to fight the current generation of fascist Marxists.
I recommend Joseph Bottum's An Anxious Age: The Post-Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of America. Bottum maintains that as the mainline Protestant sects have declined, the secular descendants of churchgoers have the same desire to belong to the Elect that their churchgoing ancestors did. Today, instead of adherence to a church creed, membership in the Elect is determined by adherence to a social creed- a creed that is ever-changing.
Have you forgotten how many times in the last 15 years schoolteachers and school administrators have taken children out of school to march in our cities streets to protest something or other that the National Education Association supported. I have seen kids from 2nd grade and up being bussed to downtown locations so they "could protest" in support of their teachers. Why didn't we stop that then? Because now those kids are skilled demonstrators. Skilled at marching in the streets. Skilled at screaming down the other side. All these skills were learned during the school day on state and federal tax subsidies. I believe what absolutely must happen asap is that "we the people" start to take on our local schools and city administrators by showing up in force to "protest". To make our side of any issue heard !
>>> I believe what absolutely must happen asap is that "we the people" start to take on our local schools and city administrators by showing up in force to "protest". To make our side of any issue heard !
As always, "The squeaky wheel gets the oil"
"faculty wife" is 100% correct, people on out side
must speak out, on what they believe true. Otherwise:
First they came for the Socialists,
and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists,
and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me
—and there was no one left to speak for me.
Yes, it's religious fervor. Francis Schaeffer described this exceptionally well in "Escape From Reason." Blogger Henry Vyner-Brooks has a summary here: http://www.giant-shoulders.com/content/escape-reason-7-minutes
“People today are trying to hang on to the dignity of man, but they do not know how to, because they have lost the truth that man is made in the image of God. . . . We are watching our culture put into effect the fact that when you tell men long enough that they are machines, it soon begins to show in their actions. You see it in our whole culture -- in the theater of cruelty, in the violence in the streets, in the death of man in art and life.”
"And so you can see the mess we are in, for modern man did not just kill God for themselves and their children, no, that would be too simple. For when we shut out God we also lost the basis for love (swallowed by modern psychology), morality (swallowed by evolution), freedom (swallowed by the social sciences), significance or any other dignity once assumed for man. Even the basis for establishing knowledge (what is called epistemology) was now eroded. How could we even know whether anything was true or false, and even if we did why would that matter now we were just meat computers, cosmic blips in a deterministic machine called planet earth?"
Bottom line: Their moral compass points at their navels. No wonder they're lost - and angry.