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.
I would say that the sentiments expressed in this Barone piece explain, in large part, why Maggie's Farm exists. We are sick of this crap, as is Barone. One quote:
Our covert enemies are harder to identify, for they live in large numbers within our midst. And in terms of intentions, they are not enemies in the sense that they consciously wish to destroy our society. On the contrary, they enjoy our freedoms and often call for their expansion. But they have also been working, over many years, to undermine faith in our society and confidence in its goodness. These covert enemies are those among our elites who have promoted the ideas labeled as multiculturalism, moral relativism and (the term is Professor Samuel Huntington's) transnationalism.
At the center of their thinking is a notion of moral relativism. No idea is morally superior to another. Hitler had his way, we have ours -- who's to say who is right? No ideas should be "privileged," especially those that have been the guiding forces in the development and improvement of Western civilization. Rich white men have imposed their ideas because of their wealth and through the use of force. Rich white nations imposed their rule on benighted people of color around the world. For this sin of imperialism they must forever be regarded as morally stained and presumptively wrong. Our covert enemies go quickly from the notion that all societies are morally equal to the notion that all societies are morally equal except ours, which is worse.
What a bunch of bullshit!! This theory of an insidious 'third column' is straight out of Hitler's propaganda. He made a bit part of his appeal the theory that there were hidden people and groups opposed to the 'good people' of Germany. His approach led immediately to naming those people and then to eliminating them.
You should be ashamed to find yourself emulating that tired reasoning by being too lazy to actually think about justice, fairness, and moral choices. You want to choose for your own benefit--for ease and comfort, for people like you.
I am astounded that this site which purports to be reasonable and thoughtful would tolerate such poor reasonaing and such discouraging historic parallels.