Vanquishing the Dragon of Progressivism
The dizzying effluvia of projection and wild lies being advanced by prominent leftists in recent days may be precedent-setting in America, but all things considered, it should be no surprise if one takes into account the big picture. This is not always easy for the individual to do, since the issues at hand are of great concern to conscientious people.
“Philosophical detachment” is a phrase I picked up somewhere, and this describes the act of being as objective as possible in scenarios where an event or condition is close to one’s heart, or is otherwise deeply meaningful. In some cases, the ability to do this is essential, lest someone wind up in the coronary care unit or on a rooftop with a rifle.
With regard to the current political landscape, there is certainly more to be hopeful about than there was prior to the last general election, but as I have previously advised, the danger of being lulled into a false sense of security most definitely exists. Many are optimistic given the aggressive tack that President Donald Trump has taken concerning certain weighty issues, and these feelings are not misplaced. Still, one guy in a position of great power and with the mandate of millions of Americans is still one guy.
It isn’t out of character that congressional Democrats have boycotted Trump Cabinet nominee confirmations so they can disavow any responsibility for their installation, or that progressives are referencing the Trump administration as a racist and sexist one as a matter of course, or that former presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., went on CNN last week and said President Trump is moving America “toward authoritarianism,” or that House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is trying to keep the “Russian angle” alive by calling for an FBI investigation to dredge up what damning information the Russians may have on Trump, or that Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and former Obama CIA director Leon Panetta are up in arms over Trump’s recent executive orders and are trying to convince Americans that they should be, too.
After a while, discussing these utterances becomes more or less like reporting that these sad, subversive individuals are drawing breath like the rest of us. Yes, they’re lying; their lips are moving. Next …?It is a good practice to note these events, then detach from them, because the audacity of such deceptions has a tendency to overwhelm. We know that progressivism is antithetical to a constitutional republic, and we know that the Feinsteins, Pelosis and Panettas among us are abject liars.
More significant than powerful leftists spouting boilerplate propaganda or rank-and-file liberals yelling and burning and breaking things because they can’t get their way is the current deportment of leaders in the Republican Party. Granted that one reason Donald Trump got elected in the first place was voters’ disgust with these people as well as Democrats, but the assumption that they will fall in line behind the president just because we desire this is a dangerous one indeed. Remember that George H.W. Bush took the reins from Ronald Reagan in 1989 and, contrary to the hopes of many millions, steered us right back onto the progressive path to hell.
When President Trump sent out a tweet disparaging U.S. district senior Judge James Robart of Seattle for issuing a restraining order blocking Trump’s travel ban from seven Muslim-majority countries, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., responded by going on CNN’s “State of the Union” and saying he thought it was advisable to avoid singling out judges, and it is best to eschew “criticizing them individually.”
Now, let’s put this into perspective for a moment. Judicial activism – which Robart’s action most certainly was – has been one of the most potent weapons in the progressive arsenal, and it has resulted in all manner of progressive victories in recent decades. Here, we have a Republican Senate majority leader who should be calling for Robart’s head on a stick, yet he defers to the same impotent Beltway diplomacy that has repeatedly served to neutralize the rule of law in favor of the progressive agenda.
In response to the recent back-and-forth between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Trump administration over the former’s nuclear program, House Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said “a lot of that toothpaste is already out of the tube,” referencing the Obama administration’s nuclear agreement with Iran, and that the prudent stratagem for Trump was to “rigorously enforce” the deal.
Well, that’s crap. The prudent stratagem here is to advise Iran to halt its nuclear program under pain of getting nuked by the U.S., the same motivation which spurred that regime to release American hostages in 1981, when Ronald Reagan ascended to the presidency.
The progressive machine in America, which has enjoyed unobstructed progress for 100 years, and of which most high-ranking Republicans in Washington are a part, is like the mythical dragon represented in so many fantasy tales. This one is quite real, however, and fighting for its very life, it is using every measure of its fire-breathing fearsomeness to vanquish the dragon slayers.
The desperation, the outrageous and intellectually offensive deceptions, the judicial activism, the rioting and the ongoing campaign to delegitimize the new administration – all of these are part of the tactical offense, and all of these illustrate why progressives must be ruthlessly crushed, regardless of party affiliation.