In a recent conversation with a friend of mine, his comment was something like, “Those people on the far left must be from a different solar system.” Another friend said, “We are living in Alternative Reality B” (referencing the line from the movie Back to the Future) where we momentarily leave the time-space continuum. My personal take is that the far left is simply the result of a nasty turn taken on the path of evolutionary biology. While we may still appear to be part of the same human species, liberals and conservatives will ultimately be seen as fundamentally different members of the mammalia branch. And while I jest (but just a little), the question of what separates the “thinking” of liberals and the principles of conservatives is befuddling for many of us.
Most adults in America today (other than the most senior amongst us) have never had to directly face the ideology of the N. Pelosi’s, C. Schumer’s, J. Wright’s and E. Holder’s of the world. Even the 1960’s form of “progressivism” was set against the backdrop of the known evil of an outwardly racist system, and an equally controversial war in Vietnam. Today is different. What we face today is an unforced and radical progressivism without any of the supporting historical props. The problem with the interpretive thinking of conservatives today is that we are attempting to see the logic in the ideology of the left (or at least some form of semi-coherent palliative) that will allow us to understand the apparent vacuity. But herein we are seeking to see that which simply does not exist.
When we look at the notion that some of us are from “another solar system” we are on the right track. But it is us conservatives who are from the alien planetary system. The history of the world is that of self-elevating power and the associated worldly riches that accompany the resultant control of resources. America has been one of a small number of exceptions to the world’s power narrative. To willingly give up available control (as has been done in America) is the exception, not the normal state of world affairs. We are the spoiled children of a very rich political heritage, the leaders of which were painfully aware of the past and very oppressive history of humanity.
Where we have become confused is in the definition of words that are used to describe the phenomenon which is modern leftist radicalism. To give the moniker “ideology” to the left is to cede far too much credit to whatever it is that progressivism stands for. The word ideology artificially conjures up the notion of a level of intellectual coherence. And this is our great error. An ideology is based on a set of principles. The radical progressivism of the Obama administration is based not on any set of principles, but rather just on the seizing of available power. We are simply watching the history of world being played out in our own back yard. To actually fail to see and understand the underlying logic of progressivism is the naturally expected outcome.
Let’s quit talking about the leftist as ideologues. We credit them with the virtue of human thought. Rather, let’s just refer to them as “political thugs.” That will solve two problems. The first problem solved is that of the obvious mislabeling. The second problem solved is that of conservatives wasting their brain cells on “figuring out” the agenda of the current administration. There is actually very little to figure out.