Friday, May 13, 2022

High Noon in the USA: Our Country is Headed for a Showdown

Since the Sixties the Left has been expanding its influence throughout our nation and its institutions. But decades earlier communism had already established a foothold in the U.S. starting in the early 20th century. Even the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 only briefly checked this process. But history’s repudiation of a totalitarian political order––one fundamentally opposed to the Constitution’s protection of individual freedom and unalienable rights––could not uproot decades of leftist transformation of America.
Indeed, the last 20 years saw the Left reinvigorated by the rise of “woke” ideology and its anti-Constitutional agenda. The Biden administration and its hubristic policies and glaring failures increasingly look likely to ignite a backlash. The showdown between the “woke” Democrats and freedom-loving Americans, whatever their party, is coming in November, and will decide whether the Left has succeeded in “fundamentally transforming America.”
The principles, however, for “woke” leftism were laid down a century ago in the rise of progressivism. Like communism, progressivism favors centralized, concentrated power administered by government bureaucracies and agencies staffed by “experts” who know better than the sovereign people how best to run their lives.
But this ideology conflicts at every point with the Constitution, which balances, checks, and disperses power so that citizens are free to manage their lives, their families, and their businesses as they see fit, checked only by Constitutionally compliant laws created by Congress, whose members are accountable to the citizens who put them in office.
Starting with Woodrow Wilson and continuing through the presidencies of Democrats FDR, LBJ, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, and now Joe Biden, the role of our government has been steadily transformed away from guarding our freedoms, to creating an alleged greater efficiency in establishing the equality of result, what the “woke” call “equity.” The Founders decried this malign idea as the “levelling spirit” that historically has lead to the tyranny of the masses or a despotic elite, for it takes compulsion to make people acquiesce in an idea that their common sense and experience have taught them is untrue and unjust.
The “woke” policies polluting our politics share these progressive technocratic assumptions. Alleged “experts” and cognitive elites are empowered to change our institutions in order to achieve “equity,” “diversity,” and “inclusion” in our businesses, government policies, entertainment, sports, and especially schools, where the young can be molded and trained to accept these dubious ideas.
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Thus we’ve arrived at the preposterous policies that violate not just the Constitution, but reason, truth, and logic. Transgenderism, “systemic racism,” “white fragility,” biological sex as a choice rather than an immutable reality––all these irrational, incoherent and empty of empirical evidence ideas are now being taught to students from kindergarten to graduate school, and are reinforced in popular culture, corporate policy, and government policies.
But the same tyranny that defined communism, today camouflages itself with feel-good words like “diversity” or “inclusion.” But in fact these terms replace genuine diversity with rigid orthodoxy, and sincere inclusion with the intolerant exclusion of apostates and blasphemers through “cancel culture” and censorship of free speech, which has now been redefined as dangerous “disinformation” and “hate speech.”
Read the rest from Bruce Thornton HERE

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