In general, tutored by TV’s Professor Beck, we’re hearing that true conservatives should regard the New Deal etc. as unconstitutional too. It’s become fashionable to harp on the Progressive narrative from Woodrow Wilson to Lyndon Johnson as the key to what has derailed our country. The implication is that our Court abdicated its responsibility by not declaring the regulatory administrative state unconstitutional. Neither Porcher Nor Libertarian at Postmodern Conservative
There are two reasons why I have been picking on Libertarians of late, both of which are related to topics not involving libertarianism. First, personal. The three categories of persons who consistently take it upon themselves to make sure I don’t say the wrong words or think the wrong thoughts are Muslims, Feminists, and Libertarians. Must be something in the Tea.
Second, I grew seriously bored one day with the usual catechism in the Blogosphere of ‘Liberals iz dumb’ (not to mention genuine handwringing over that communist child molester, Teddy Roosevelt). It occurred to me that something other than Progressivism had gone wrong in America. At least a Liberal will call you Hitler and a suppressed Homosexual and threaten you with (secular?) damnation. The three groups mentioned above reckon themselves God’s own guardians of something that they’re guarding. They guard it well. Forgive the rest of us if we decline your offer of protection.
In other words, it isn’t Libertarians I want gone (although it would be quieter). It’s America I want back. There’s so much smoke and fog in this country you can hardly breathe. I have stated my belief elsewhere that this is driven largely by events dating back to the Vietnam conflict, but there are, of course, other causes. That, and doctrinal Marxism dressed up as Americanism. Here are some source materials on how the Frankfurt School, Antonio Gramsci, Saul Alinsky, and the people who trained Barack Obama injected poison into the American veins:
Cultural Marxism, by Linda Kimball
American Night II
A Little Cheese with Your Whine?
Sooner or later the contest in the West won’t be between schools of Political Theology. It will be a choice between the common sense of allowing — even demanding — others to live their lives with a minimum of outside interference. To make this demand necessarily involves a demand for Virtue. Rob sent me this link from the Washington Post:
The forces of big government are entrenched and enjoy the full arsenal of the administration’s money and influence. Our leaders in Washington, aided by the unprecedented economic crisis of recent years and the panic it induced, have seized the moment to introduce breathtaking expansions of state power in huge swaths of the economy, from the health-care takeover to the financial regulatory bill that the Senate approved Thursday. If these forces continue to prevail, America will cease to be a free enterprise nation.
I call this a culture war because free enterprise has been integral to American culture from the beginning, and it still lies at the core of our history and character. “A wise and frugal government,” Thomas Jefferson declared in his first inaugural address in 1801, “which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government.” He later warned: “To take from one, because it is thought that his own industry and that of his fathers has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers, have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, the guarantee to every one of a free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it.” In other words, beware government’s economic control, and woe betide the redistributors. Arthur Brooks, America’s New Culture War: Free Enterprise vs. Government Control
If the Washington Post is talking about it, so are those parts of the country that would identify bloggers as “extremists.”
What we’re really talking about are these two camps: the Control Freaks and their private pets, the Oppressed-Dependent; versus
Everyone that works and lives and loves and cries and carries on in spite of dying, injustice and rude people at Safeway.
So . . . .
Political Correctness: the Revenge of Marxism. The real contest in America is about Virtue vs. politics. You can’t legislate Virtue, but you also can’t have America without it. I was darn near run down in a parking lot last night by a man in his 50s or 6os. He was determined to park in front of the store doors so as to not inconvenience his passengers. I just had to move, I guess, but I didn’t. I stopped him, cussed him out — he smiled — and went inside. I maintain, bottom line, that as long as Americans are as self-centered as they are at this time, we are lost. How else but childish self-centeredness can account for Hope-n-Change? Our startling lack of social and moral maturity is more damaging than Political Correctness because it invites Political Correctness as a substitute. Libertarianism is no answer, but more of the same. Islam is worse.
Prove me wrong.
There is a very interesting discussion going on at Postmodern Conservative concerning Porcher Localism, The One True Science of Virtue, The Founders, Progressives, and the Teaching of American Politics, Porcher Localism and the Necessity of Virtue. We are pursuing a similar line of inquiry at Washington Rebel. To me it is cowardice to sit and blame the Republican Party when what this country needs is a thorough self-inventory — and open confrontation with Statists.
It will not be theological hair-splitting that saves us, but Strength and Honor, Faithfulness and Character. The sooner we face up to it, the faster our redemption will arrive.
UPDATE: Austin Hill, Obama has Enraged America’s “Citizen Class”