Sunday, February 28, 2021

Democrats Turn the Thumbscrews to Make Us Suffer: Tormenting Us With Our Perpetual Imaginary Sins. and related stories

Democrats Turn the Thumbscrews to Make Us Suffer:
Tormenting us with our perpetual imaginary sins.
Everything the Democrat Party does should be seen not from an economic or a political perspective, but one of sin and suffering -- the suffering it imposes on us to expiate our imagery sins.
It came to me in a flash of insight when I heard of a now-disgraced bureaucrat (“an undersecretary of climate change” in Massachusetts) who told a gathering of his colleagues that to fight melting ice caps and rising sea levels they would have to “break the will” of ordinary Americans, by “turning the screws” -- raising energy costs so high that they would have to “stop emitting.” Admirable candor from a functionary of the state with the soul of a Medieval torturer.
But it goes beyond the need to make us obey. Progressives believe Americans must be made to atone for our sins (environmental, racial, economic and national) with higher taxes and energy costs, a lower standard of living, crime, open borders, racial humiliation and national dissolution.
It’s not a power-grab as much as an attempt to force a sort of secular Calvinism on the nation.
Global Warming – Our sins here include the internal combustion engine and reliance on fossil fuel, leading to CO2 emissions said to cause depletion of the earth’s ozone layer.
Democrats demand that we expiate these sins through higher energy costs, homes that are cold in the winter and hot in the summer, gas so expensive that we’ll be forced to walk or bicycle instead of driving. If you offered AOC and the other Green New Dealers an energy source that was clean, cheap and abundant, they’d reject it out of hand because there’s no suffering involved.
Open borders – According to their holy writ, we must pay for the sins of colonialism, exploitation of the Third World, using an unfair share of the earth’s resources and treating “migrants” cruelly. Our suffering includes being forced to take in hordes of poor, uneducated, unskilled invaders, including a significant criminal element (through lack border enforcement and amnesties), which in turn will raise the costs of education, health care, criminal justice and welfare. But this is only right. If Hondurans are mired in poverty, it’s because we’ve exploited them, the left tells us. --->READ MORE HERE
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The Unbearable Whiteness of Being:
How the defective concept of ‘whiteness’ escaped the academy and corrupted political discourse.
Whiteness lies at the heart of American degradation, we are told constantly by figures on the left these days. After the horrifying, disgraceful January 6 attack on the national Capitol Building, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi claimed that rioters “have chosen their whiteness over democracy. That’s what this is about.” Progressives blame whiteness for creating COVID-19’s disproportionate impact on minority communities and insist that racial justice, not the vulnerability of the elderly, should determine vaccination priority because “older populations are whiter.” They denounce education for offering a “monolithic, European perspective” that “upholds Whiteness.” They dismiss old-fashioned journalistic standards of even-handedness because “the views and inclinations of whiteness are accepted as the objective neutral.” They discern the insidious influence of whiteness in religion, law, sports, and entertainment.
Whiteness, according to this pervasive left-wing narrative, inspires and shapes all problems in the United States, which therefore must be relentlessly racialized in order to root whiteness out. As one critic who accuses Greek and Roman classical texts of undergirding a Western civilization of racial repression recently put it, “Classics and whiteness are the bone and sinew of the same body; they grew strong together and they may have to die together.” To such ends a flotilla of progressive Ahabs grimly pursues the whale of whiteness into every inlet and channel of American life with political harpoons poised and ready to strike.
This ideological assault invites several questions. What exactly is whiteness? How does it work? Where did this influential paradigm come from? The search for answers, unsurprisingly, leads to the academic world, where nearly everything that is disturbingly extremist in modern leftist discourse seems to percolate before spilling out into the public arena. A good starting point is in the field of American history, where two books appeared about 30 years ago that provided the Ur-texts for the modern gospel of whiteness. --->READ MORE HERE
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