Summary: The media immerse us in a sea of trivia, unable to see the movements that reshape society. This is the biggest: at this moment in history, the Left hates America. The Right is owned by the 1%, and does not care. This presents an existential challenge to America.
“A society does not ever die ‘from natural causes’, but always dies from suicide or murder – and nearly always from the former….”
― Arnold Joseph Toynbee’s A Study of History.
By Rachel Stoltzfoos at The Federalist, 1 November 2018.
“At this moment in history, the Democratic Party belongs to those who hate our institutions, hate the limits of our system of government, and hate America’s way of life.”
Stoltzfoos marshals evidence that by now should be familiar to everyone, although written in a partisan framework. While mostly accurate, she misrepresents the situation and ignores the vital big picture. The elites running the Democratic Party want to run America, not destroy it or “its way of life.” They deploy their activists as shock troops, just as do the elites of the Republican Party.
The big story in our politics is not driven by politics. The Left has mutated since the 1960s into a movement that hates America, its culture, and its society (the Right has also changed, see below). Hates it with white-hot intensity. Not parts of it. The whole. They are eager to fight and burn it all down. Their passion gives them great power. We have become weak in mind and soul, and might be unable to stop them.
America is just an idea. It can be burned away in a heartbeat.
Today’s Left sees the Founding as dirty. America’s history is a catalog of evils. America today is a sexist, racist, imperialist dystopia. Comparisons with other nations, past and present are irrelevant. Their imaginary Leftist utopia is the only standard of comparison.
Their leaders – either academics or with advanced training in academia – understand our society and how to destroy it. Opening the borders to floods of people from cultures with different values, overwhelming our ability to assimilate them – and depressing wages for the less-educated. Multiculturalism, reducing the pressure to assimilate. Identity politics, disrupting the social cohesion that has been America’s greatest strength. De-legitimizing the political structure created by the Constitution – the only glue holding us together. Wrecking the family, the foundation of our society. An endless series of social crusades – e.g. for gays, for transgenders, and soon for something else – that divide us and divert attention from our more serious problems.
They have seen our greatest weaknesses: our lack of confidence in ourselves, as a nation, and our apathy.
They are winning. They have support of the news media, academia, the Democratic Party, and large parts of the vast and almost omnipotent government bureaucracy (e.g., family courts).
I intended to provide evidence. But it is like pointing to the rain. You see it if you look. Their hatred overflows from the daily newspapers If you prefer not to see, close the curtains and deny it.
The Left has made great contributions to America. But it has metastasized and become an existential threat. Much more so than when the Right was infected with fascism and the Left when infected with communism. The only conflict of a similar magnitude in our history was about slavery, another clash between America’s values and those that hated them.
What about America’s Right wing?
Two years of Trump and a GOP-run Congress shows that the leaders of today’s Right see us as sheep to be sheared, and their followers as easily-manipulated useful idiots. They are, of course, correct. This weakness on the Right makes the Left powerful.
Trump ran as a populist, promising to rebuilt America and scale back our mad foreign wars. Instead we got the standard GOP policy package. Tax cuts for the rich. Attacks on unions, to boost corporate profits. Reduced environmental and job safety regulation, to boost corporate profits. Reduced enforcement of antitrust regulations, allowing mega-mergers to build cartels that boost corporate profits. Massive expansion of military spending, irrelevant to actual threats we face, to boost corporate profits. Cuts to vital social spending, such as education.
Elites on far-right dream of drastic cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. They seek to roll back the New Deal. After all …
“What did that get us? A discontented, lazy rabble instead of a thrifty working class. And all because a few starry-eyed dreamers like FDR stir them up and fill their heads with a lot of impossible ideas.”
–- Henry F. Potter, leading banker and first citizen of Bedford Falls. From It’s A Wonderful Life. Slightly paraphrased.
I have not the slightest hint as to how to resolve this, or prediction as to how this will end.
This is a follow-up to A new, dark picture of America’s future.
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- Visions of America if the Left wins.
- The Democrats will open the borders & make a New America.
- The Left goes full open borders, changing America forever.
- Important: A 4th of July reminder that America is ours to keep – or to lose!
- We have trouble coping with our present because we’ve lost our past,
- Fear the rise of political violence in America. We can still stop it.
- America abandons the ideals that made us great.
- America isn’t falling like the Roman Empire. It’s worse.
Useful books explaining what happened to America
I have not found a good book explaining what happened to the Left, causing its hatred of America. These are the best I have found, looking at our politics.
Listen, Liberal: Or, What Ever Happened to the Party of the People? by Thomas Frank.