Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Leftism has defined itself as an opposition to Middle-class morality.

What does it do when there is no Middle-class morality anymore?

//Progressives have found a rallying cry in their opposition to Donald Trump’s presidency. Whether in the New York Times, on the John Oliver Show, or in protests in the nations’ streets, they are insisting that Trump is “not normal.” News media and elected officials not considered critical enough of Trump are criticized for normalizing him and his ideas. Suddenly progressives, of all people, are deeply concerned about our culture’s long-held norms and traditions.

The irony in all of this is crystal clear. These are the same people who over the past few years have insisted that five-year-old boys becoming five-year-old girls is normal. They tell us that a guaranteed basic income and running for president as a Socialist is normal. Forcing Catholic hospitals to offer birth control, undocumented immigrants voting in our elections, and abolishing the police: normal, normal, and normal.

In Donald Trump, with his admittedly dangerous, devil-may-care attitude, progressives have stumbled upon the value of conserving norms and traditions. A president just doesn’t say these awful things about his opponents and the media. A president doesn’t tweet attacks at enemies late at night. A President doesn’t put a controversial figure like Steve Bannon a few doors down from the Oval Office.

But here’s the thing: it’s too late. We are way past that now. The Left let its freak flag fly. We all saw it. No normal is the new normal and there is no clear way back from that.//


Anonymous said...

The problem is that the far left is not normal and thinks it is, and the far right is not normal and thinks it is. Its interesting but not very informative to post pieces of various individual articles from the Internet and print media lambasting the far left and implying all dems and all liberals are represented by the particular authors spiel. However, this isn't a high school debate where often the team with the most evidence cards wins despite the actual underlying truth. There are tons of liberal blogs and websites doing exactly what you are doing by representing conservatism based on a select group of odd balls or individual issues. Most Americans are middle of the road and are starting to get rather tired of this unending drumbeat which climaxed during the 2016 election of both sides refusing to seek compromise and generally doing what is best for their parties before doing what is best for their country. Your blog seems to reflect this scorched earth approach to deeper truth and political discourse. You are not helping. You are perpetuating.

John Kasaian said...

Thanks----an insightful article, Peter!
It reminded me of the commentator during the Inauguration who said Barack Obama's "legacy" is Donald Trump.

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