Modern liberalism is easy to understand, but difficult to fathom. Why do people actually believe in its doctrines? Where will those doctrines lead?
I've written several blogs in the past that explain why the liberal left is so darned annoying. Yet, in my personal pursuit of knowledge, it always seems like a good idea to revisit a topic to explore something I may have missed.
After searching through another several thousand pages of liberal books outlining its ideals and arguments, I've come to the same conclusions about liberalism that I've held all along. Modern liberalism is crap. Its ideals, while seductive and pleasing to hear, cannot possible bring about a better world. It is dreck. It is garbage. It is bantha poodoo.
The basic problem with modern liberalism, as I've mentioned before, is its double standard. Liberalism holds one ideal as valid, while rejecting that ideal when others practice it. For example, modern liberalism can laud black rights on the one hand while fomenting the worst kind of racial division in Ferguson. It can uphold the values of the most sexually deviant while condemning anyone who is offended by them. It can praise a woman who rips an unborn baby from her uterus, and despise strong and successful women because they belong the "wrong" political party.
This double standard combines with a belief system that has no anchor, and therefore, has no possibility of producing a moral system. Sure, individual liberals can be moral creatures, but the philosophy as a whole stands on the shifting sands of moral relativism.
We're familiar with these double standards. They are manifested every day, while progressive education inculcates complete acceptance from our children. The seduction of the forbidden has a strong appeal to youth. It has tempted the young since the beginning of history.
I've been struck at how closely the ideas from a book, compiled 2300 plus years ago, describes the appeal of liberal dogmas, and also describes its dangers.
Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight. Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine and champions at mixing drinks, who acquit the guilty for a bribe, but deny justice to the innocent. Therefore, as tongues of fire lick up straw and as dry grass sinks down in the flames, so their roots will decay and their flowers blow away like dust.I've rarely written or argued from religious texts for several reasons. I'm not about to do so here. Let's take this verse, not as a religious directive, but as a social indictment against a people who had rejected common sense and common decency as a basis for their nation.
A few examples from a modern context will show that these words still have power.
Woe to those who call evil good and good evil:
There is nothing so self-evident and long-lasting as the words penned by Thomas Jefferson, declaring the truth that all humans are granted the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. While we can equivocate on what the pursuit of happiness means, the right to life seems pretty clear cut.
That modern liberalism can so callously throw away this right of millions of the unborn, under the guise of "a woman's right to choose," stretches and breaks the fundamental right we should recognize among all humans. To deny such rights to the innocent is evil.
Even worse, in order to obfuscate the inherent evil behind abortion, long arguments are concocted (like champions at mixing drinks) with the sole intent of hiding the killing of the unborn behind a thin veneer of philosophical debate.
Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight:
President Obama recently broke the mold on executive orders by breaking the law in order to give amnesty to millions of illegal aliens living in the US. Obama's presidency has been characterized by his willingness to rewrite law in his own image, while ignoring laws he disagrees with. The end result is a nation that no longer respects law as its foundation and looks to those in power to "fix things."
The problem with Obama here is one of pure hubris - the idea that he knows better than the American people of what is good for us. In large ways and small, those who are wise in their own eyes have degraded the rule of law and the republic itself to create an oligarchy, where the few rule over the many. Federal judges now with impunity overturn laws with which they disagree. The US Attorney General feels free to ignore standing law or even to incite riots.
Even if changes from politicians come from a misplaced desire to do good or to fix problems, what each of these individuals expresses is the idea that one individual is more intelligent and capable than the entire American people. To founders of the US, such as John Adams, such was the evil of even a mild dictator such as King George.
Woe to those who...acquit the guilty for a bribe, but deny justice to the innocent:
Can there be a better example of this particular evil than those who incited men to riot and loot in the streets of Ferguson after a grand jury didn't indict Darren Wilson for doing what he was trained to do? Liberal dogma would throw the rule of law out the window for mere political advantage.
Can we imagine a worse fate for the ideals that created America than to see them dashed to the ground under the auspices of "fairness," or "equality?" How ironic our situation is, that liberalism wields these ideals as a weapon, all the while denying their virtue and power.
Can such a political system work for long? I have to come to the conclusion that modern liberalism cannot be sustained and will decay as its flowers blow away like dust. Unfortunately, it will do so only after doing great damage to the structure and institutions of the United States.