“It is no accident that American progressives put so many of us in mind of our Puritan ancestors: not for their virtues, such as they are, but for their sanctimoniousness, their humorlessness, their grim little mouths set permanently in rictuses (surely Mr. Salesses would insist on “ricti”) of self-satisfaction biting down on disgust. Like the accusers in 17th-century Salem or the contemporary Wahhabist eager to behead such witches as may be found lingering upon Saudi soil, the progressive sees the work of the Archnemesis everywhere at all times — especially when there is something to be gained from doing so.”
Racism! Squirrel! By Kevin D. Williamson , NRO.com
“Why did I have to listen in music humanities to this Mozart?” she groused in a discussion of the curriculum reported by David Denby in “Great Books,” his 1997 account of re-enrolling in Columbia’s core curriculum. “My problem with the core is that it upholds the premises of white supremacy and racism. It’s a racist core. Who is this Mozart, this Haydn, these superior white men? There are no women, no people of color.” These are not the idiosyncratic thoughts of one disgruntled student; they represent the dominant ideology in the humanities today.
W.E.B. Du Bois would have been stunned to learn how narrow is the contemporary multiculturalist’s self-definition and sphere of interest. Du Bois, living during America’s darkest period of hate, nevertheless heartbreakingly affirmed in 1903 his intellectual and spiritual affinity with all of Western civilization: “I sit with Shakespeare and he winces not. Across the color line I move arm in arm with Balzac and Dumas. . . . I summon Aristotle and Aurelius and what soul I will, and they come all graciously with no scorn nor condescension.”
—The Humanities Have Forgotten Their Humanity, Heather MacDonald, WSJ.com
So yeah, it’s National Review and the Wall Street Journal’s online arms, but it needed to be said.
The American Left has nothing to offer America execpt warmed over Marxist talking points and witchhunts for “racism”.
The right has been accused of hiding behind the American flag, God and tradition in the past. Fair enough. During the Cold War, the US backed despots and a group of politicians used the “Red Scare” to buy votes and ruin some innocent people. Televangelists, crooked politicans and cranks have been using the Bible and “Christian” values for decades. Appeals to traditional values have been a staple of politics as much as doom and gloom.
But with the Affordable Care Act going down in flames, Al Queda re-taking a city in Iraq and their agenda in flames the left needs a crisis. If they didn’t have Duck Dynasty, Fox News, George Bush or GOP scands, they’d invent’em.
The left did invent climate change, income “inequality” and hyped “homelessness”. Welfare and government giveaways are “entitlements” but money to corporate donors (and donor lists) are not discusses because of reasons.
Racism works because it’s such a toxic thing. No one, NO ONE wants to go back to Jim Crow, segregation or the dark past. 50 years ago a black man could be arrested for using the wrong bathroom, now one is president. We’ve beaten racism.
But when you don’t have an agenda it’s better to scream from the rooftops and accuse people of being Nazis/KKK etc. Everything they can’t understand somehow “promotes” white supremacy. Or is racist. Because when asked for a working agenda, they default to the Marxism or screaming that you’re a racist for questioning their agenda.
Freedom Of Speech as long as you agree with them.
But when called out on their McCarthyism they cry crocodile tears.
UPDATE: Head of New York Civil Rights Coalition compares MSNBC rhetoric to McCarthyism.
Cracks appear in the liberal front.