I sense a theme lately:
If you’re not with us, you’re against us. President Bush popularized this expression after 9/11 to describe his foreign policy doctrine: Countries couldn’t support or indulge terrorists and be our friends at the same time. But his detractors quickly turned it into a fairly paranoid vision of domestic political life, as if Bush had been talking about domestic opponents and dissenters.
The irony is that few worldviews better describe the general liberal orientation to public policy and the culture war. The left often complains about the culture war as if it’s a war they don’t want to fight. They insist they just want to follow “sound science” or “what works” when it comes to public policy, but those crazy knuckle-dragging right-wingers constantly want to talk about gays and abortion and other hot-button issues.
“Why are you making such a scene?” progressives complain. “Just do what we want and there will be no fuss.”
Column: Liberals are the true aggressors in culture wars
Jonah Goldberg via Instapundit
The FBI is now chasing “extremists” (when it’s not harassing the insipid fans of a risible rap group). Planned Parenthood keeps the abortion machine running as it shakes down a legitimate charity. They hide behind women’s health, but want more unborn children killed. Another “green business” files for bankruptcy, the jobs it might have made (that went to Finland) gone. The plot sickens, it seems AG Holder knew that guns were going to Mexico all along. Another leftist guru wants to ban all unhealthy foods and destroy the food industry too.
Good news everyone! You can enroll in “Occupy Everywhere” classes for credit! Yes, you too can pile on debt that will haunt your credit report with nothing to show for it.
The idea for this post came from a commenter at This Ain’t Hell. He called the OWS classes a “self licking ice cream cone” because useless leftie majors produce useless hippes who protest for more funds so they can study useless lefty college majors. Oh and a smaller workforce is better!
This is baked into the left.
First they create a need or a panic, or leap into action when they see a problem. Guns beget gun control. Racism was fought by the Civil Rights movement, the left wants a piece of that action. Global Warming spawned “Green Technology”, “Green Businesses” and “Green Color Jobs”. Abortion? It’s tied to “women’s rights” and “women’s health”.
The reality is that by electing our current president, we’ve put to bed most racism. Guns don’t cause blood in the streets, the green “revolution” is a money pit and feminists want more abortions. Even if they have to force the taxpayer to pay for them.
Second the left spreads fear, uncertainty and doubt. “Days of our Trailers” has several posts on the left’s lies about guns and gun crime. When the facts and reality don’t jive with the narrative, invent them! Scream, occupy, riot and throw bombs! Lie! Smear! Admit nothing, deny everything, make counter-accusations!
Then whine like a little bitch when you’re called on it.
People who challenge global warming are called deniers. People who want their civil rights under the 2nd amendment are accused of arming criminals or “insurrectionists.” Teachers who create a program that would actually prepare children for real employment after high school are accused of training kids to be “subservient workers” (psst! That’s means slavery!).
“Dog Whistle Politics”, it’s what’s for dinner (if you’re a progressive).
“Law and Order?”, “Economic Growth?” “Wealth Creation?” All code for evil republican progroms. There are evil people with guns everywhere. Big business and big [insert scary concept here] control ALL. No job? No prospects for a job since you majored in 9th century French Drama? Can’t speak english gooder?
Well now my friend we come to step three of the left! MOAR money and MOAR programs! Because enemies are everywhere.
Gun control! Ban ammo, limit magazine capacity, take away your rights. Like to hunt? Too bad! It’s now restricted. In a few years it’ll be banned. Can’t pay for college? Student loans! Can’t pass a course? We dumb down the standards. Don’t worry we’ll tax and regulate “big” business to make sure they hire you and make firing you a chore (unless the economy turns sour). Lost your job? Funemployment*! (*note: extended unemployment benefits WILL run out and that may not actually be fun)
The left talks a good game about democracy, but they don’t care. They hate other’s opinions and shout them down. That’s why the Susan G. Koman for the Cure caved to Planned Parenthood.
You can understand why Komen wants to get out of the culture war crossfire. It just wants to spend its finite resources on the race for a cure. But that’s not good enough. The real motive behind this backlash is to make it very clear: You must choose a side — ours.
Gun bloggers got outed and harassed on twitter. Left comedians vilified Sara Palin. The “Occupy” movement rioted, shat on police cars and the media let them get away with it. It’s the new tone! JOIN US MOTHER&^%#!!!!
It’s for the children[tm].
So people vote for the left. Because they now have the nifty new “rights”. Or there’s this new program. Or they can now buy gas and party supplies with their EBT (electronic benefit transfer) card. The benefit being welfare (that they have a “right” too).
And step four? Oh that..how the left’s going to pay for all of this? I could’ve left that out. Like they normally do. But the money has to come from somewhere. All these laws and regulations squeeze businesses and trample on your right. Higher taxes feed the nanny state. As Greece, Ireland, Iceland, Portugal, and Spain found out, what can’t go on forever-won’t.
“With the increasing protest against economic inequality across the country, the 99% should defend food stamps as a crucial pillar of the American promise, and as something good for the economy. In today’s hard times, with growing poverty and rising food prices, there is widespread recognition that making ends meet is no small feat, even for the middle class, and that food stamps are essential.”
Lisa Levenstein and Jennifer Mittelstadt Latimes.com via HotAir
Money is no object when there is an unlimited supply and no accountability. When you’re an elected official in charge of distribution of the public’s funds, they what better way than to buy votes with it.
Brad on February 7, 2012 at 9:53 PM (it the comments, reacting to the above)
–Darn it, the 99 percent must defend food stamps: Hotair.com
So they jack up taxes. Pile on laws and regs to make people obey. The result is not more money in government coffers, but fewer jobs. Why invest if the govm’ent is just gonna tax it? Why hire poeple when the goods and be made elsewhere for cheaper?
As far as the left is concerned, as long as the rubs keep voting for them, it’s all good. Create a need and spread fear. Hey look we have this new program/bennie/grant/entitlement/”right”! Of course the funds run out or the program goes all to hell. So the left starts over at step one….
The reason we want to end this nonsense is that in the end the self licking ice cream cone will collapse. Our rights AND our money will be gone. California, Detroit, Illinois are slowly transforming into bankrupt necropoli. Hell, parts of Detroit are turning into woods because the buildings have been demolished and nothing has been rebuilt.
And that’s why 2012 is important (screw the Mayans).