Sanctimony to the right of me, sanctimony to the left of me.... yuck|
Posted by admin on Thu 16 of July, 2009 11:25 MDT
When I went to college (Cornell) I was surrounded by political correctness. My natural inclination is towards being a liberal. I think a lot of the socialist programs truly work better than our current system and I think that it's possible, if we structure things correctly, to keep government out of our private lives. But when I went to college the brain-dead, hysterical political correctness was SO over the top that I had to quit politics. I remembered the 60's and early 70's before liberalism got so slogan laden. And this knee jerk obedience to party dogma was NOT my definition of liberalism.
Camille Paglia said it best--
|"What is most disgusting about current political correctness on campus is that its proponents have managed to convince their students and the media that they are authentic Sixties radicals. The idea is preposterous. Political correctness, with its fascist speech codes and puritanical sexual regulations, is a travesty of Sixties progressive values."(Vamps & Tramps pg 118)|
Many people felt as I did (and many others just reacted with "I'll do anything with my vote if it will make these damned liberals shut the ---- up"). The democratic movement fell to a Republican Party that, at first, was filled with interesting ideas and moderate people.
Then the Republican politicians realized they could get a guaranteed majority if they allied with the born-again, fundamentalist movement (all you had to do was say "Jesus saves" and- viola- you had millions of more votes with little effort). Unfortunately this alliance resulted in the Republicans going the same way that the Democrats had gone before. Brainless, fundamentalist dogma screamed at top volume with no intellectual curiosity to add the perspective of reason. So the Republican movement crumbled in the same way the 60's liberal movement crumbled.
Then Obama came on the scene-- a man with not much experience but an intensely rational, brilliant guy with deep rooted humanist instincts to keep him kind. Halle-friggin'-lujah. It seemed like the Democratic Party had been reborn as a group of careful rational humanists. It seemed too good to be true.
Alas-- it WAS too good to be true. I just looked at the Huffington Post and read the comments reacting to Obama's annoucement that he's doing some logging in public forests. A few lone foresters tried to express the fact that thinning the woods responsibly is good ecological stewardship. But they were drowned out by a mass of screaming "leftists"- each one intent on proving that he was cool because he strongly espoused to rigid politically correct dogma. Each one totally uneducated about forestry but each one delighted to prove his or her "left-ness".
Well ****. Things haven't changed at all. The left wingers are just as sanctimonious, vitriolic, and uninformed as the Christian Reich. How could I have been so naive as to think otherwise?