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by Christopher Chantrill
November 26, 2013 at 12:00 am
WE ALL KNOW why kids lie. It’s a weaselly effort to escape punishment. We also know why businessmen start to lie. We saw that in the crash of 2000 when the masters of the universe at the Enrons and the WorldComs tried to hide the shame of their losses for one more quarter or one more day.
Politics is different, of course, because politicians lie all the time.
You’ll recall when President Nixon was caught in a lie, and three senior Republican senators drove down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House and told the president he had to resign. And you remember when President Clinton was caught in a lie and Vice-President Gore held a pep rally for the president. There’s some lesson to be learned from those lies, if you think about it.
We also know why little kids want to change the rules of the game. They do it when they are losing. So we know what Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) was doing by eliminating the filibuster on most administration nominations. Not that anyone could call Sen. Reid a loser.
But never mind the kid stuff. I am trying to think how liberals got themselves into this nightmare situation where they have to lie and cheat to get through the day. How could this happen to the smart ones, to the evolved ones?
Remember how the Dems were going to own the world with their Emerging Democratic Majority, composed of minorities, women and young people?
So where is the immigration bill for the Hispanics? Where is the health plan you like for the women? Where is the future for the young people mewed up in their student debt and a lousy job market? What is your problem, liberals?
If we conservatives were Marxists we would know. We would know that liberalism is collapsing from the internal contradictions between its Progressive Era mandarin philosophy and its more recent lefty “progressivism” for the 99%. On the one hand liberals want to be large-minded national technocrats devising rational programs that create order out of the chaos of robber barons and corrupt patronage machines. On the other hand liberals want to be passionate leaders of the traditionally marginalized and fight for the people against the powerful.
In fact, of course, the so-called internal contradictions have nothing to do with it. There are none, not to the members of the over-under Democratic coalition. If you are a liberal one-percenter then the old top-down Progressive Era philosophy of rational large-minded experts deciding everything for the bitter clingers is just practical common sense. Then there is the other kind, the up from below progressives fighting for justice for working people, folks like like Seattle socialist Kshama Sawant. Only, of course, Occupy activist Kshama comes from the one percent herself, as an upper-caste Brahmin from Pune, India. Most recently Brahmin Kshama has been making common cause with the Brahmins of the labor movement at Boeing to solidify the caste privileges of the old geezer union machinists. Way to go, Vishnu!
Back at the New York Times they are writing about the fact that Obama and the girls had to hide the redistribution in Obamacare from us.
“Redistribution is a loaded word that conjures up all sorts of unfairness in people’s minds,” said William M. Daley, who was Mr. Obama’s chief of staff at the time. Republicans wield it “as a hammer” against Democrats, he said, adding, “It’s a word that, in the political world, you just don’t use.”
Hey Bill, I get it. You couldn’t help it. You chaps were forced to lie about the redistribution and send the president out to tell everyone that there wouldn’t be any cost to handing out free stuff to the uninsured.
But you really shouldn’t have punched the whole freelance writer class in the solar-plexus with 50% premium increases.
Remember M. Scott Peck and his People of the Lie? The core of the book was the depressed teenager Bobby, whose parents had given him a gun for Christmas, the same gun his elder brother had used to commit suicide. Those parents absolutely refused to accept that there might be a teeny-weeny problem with a Christmas gift like that.
Now I’m not suggesting that Obamacare is a Christmas present rather like that gun, an evil hint to go out and kill the health plan you like before the government does it for you.
But all the lying tells us something. They tell us how hard it is for liberals to get up in the morning and tell America the truth about their political agenda
Liars tend to end up fooling nobody but themselves, Barry. That’s why I try to avoid lying; it makes me feel such a fool.
Buy his Road to the Middle Class.
[W]hen I asked a liberal longtime editor I know with a mainstream [publishing] house for a candid, shorthand version of the assumptions she and her colleagues make about conservatives, she didn't hesitate. Racist, sexist, homophobic, anti-choice fascists, she offered, smiling but meaning it.
Harry Stein, I Can't Believe I'm Sitting Next to a Republican
Families helped each other putting up homes and barns. Together, they built churches, schools, and common civic buildings. They collaborated to build roads and bridges. They took pride in being free persons, independent, and self-reliant; but the texture of their lives was cooperative and fraternal.
Michael Novak, The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism
[To make] of each individual member of the army a soldier who, in character, capability, and knowledge, is self-reliant, self-confident, dedicated, and joyful in taking responsibility [verantwortungsfreudig] as a man and a soldier. — Gen. Hans von Seeckt
MacGregor Knox, Williamson Murray, ed., The dynamics of military revolution, 1300-2050
For [the left] there is only the state and the individual, nothing in between. No family to rely on, no friend to depend on, no community to call on. No neighbourhood to grow in, no faith to share in, no charities to work in. No-one but the Minister, nowhere but Whitehall, no such thing as society - just them, and their laws, and their rules, and their arrogance.
David Cameron, Conference Speech 2008
Imagining that all order is the result of design, socialists
conclude that order must be improvable by better design of some superior mind.
F.A. Hayek, The Fatal Conceit
[Every] sacrifice is an act of impurity that pays for a prior act of greater impurity... without its participants having to suffer the full consequences incurred by its predecessor. The punishment is commuted in a process that strangely combines and finesses the deep contradiction between justice and mercy.
Frederick Turner, Beauty: The Value of Values
[The Axial Age] highlights the conception of a responsible self... [that] promise[s] man for the first time that he can understand the fundamental structure of reality and through salvation participate actively in it.
Robert N Bellah, "Religious Evolution", American Sociological Review, Vol. 29, No. 3.
But the only religions that have survived are those which support property and the family.
Thus the outlook for communism, which is both anti-property and anti-family, (and also anti-religion), is not promising.
F.A. Hayek, The Fatal Conceit
[T]he way to achieve a system of determining admission to the public schools on a nonracial basis,
Brown II, 349 U. S., at 300–301, is to stop assigning students on a racial basis. The way to stop
discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.
Roberts, C.J., Parents Involved in Community Schools vs. Seattle School District
A writer who says that there are no truths, or that all truth is merely relative, is asking you not to believe him. So dont.
Roger Scruton, Modern Philosophy
Paul Dirac: When I was talking with Lemaître about [the expanding universe] and feeling stimulated
by the grandeur of the picture that he has given us, I told him that
I thought cosmology was the branch of science that lies closest to religion.
However [Georges] Lemaître [Catholic priest, physicist, and
inventor of the Big Bang Theory] did not agree with me. After thinking it over he
suggested psychology as lying closest to religion.
John Farrell, The Creation Myth
Within Pentecostalism the injurious hierarchies of the wider world are abrogated and replaced by a single hierarchy of faith, grace, and the empowerments of the spirit... where groups gather on rafts to take them through the turbulence of the great journey from extensive rural networks to the mega-city and the nuclear family...
David Martin, On Secularization