February 5, 2007
The Cult of Liberalism
It seems these days that the liberal left is getting further
detached from reality, purporting to create policy for a nation that
simply doesn't exist anywhere but in their minds. What's more, any
attempt to reason with them, to shine a little light of truth on things,
results in ever stronger denial. This unwillingness to consider
alternatives and to explain away the inconvenient, stubborn facts with
ever more fanciful stories is, as much as I don't enjoy employing the
term, downright cult-like behavior.
Liberals are sure that if we pull out of Iraq, everything will be
just fine. Now, a great many things may happen as a result of an
American withdrawal from Iraq. I, for one, would not bet on peace and a
newfound respect for America amongst radical Muslims being two of them.
What will happen is that some entity will step into the power vacuum we
leave behind. The only questions are whom, and after how much chaos and
carnage. Whether it's Shia, Sunni, Al Qaeda or Iran, none of those
alternatives are a good outcome for either the Iraqis who are glad to be
rid of the monstrous Saddam Hussein or the American soldiers who gave
their lives to make it happen. And it is unconscionable for those who
sanctimoniously pat themselves on the back for being so "caring" and
"compassionate" to needlessly inflict this outcome upon so many
But don't try to tell liberals that. Just as they disavow
responsibility for the slaughter of over 3 million and the pathetic
spectacle of "boat people" that followed American withdrawal from
Vietnam and Cambodia interesting that, as awful as Vietnam was for so
many years, only after we left did it get so bad that people took to
turning their homes into boats in order to flee so too will they make
like so many Pontius Pilates and wash their bloodstained hands of this
one. They'll insist that President Bush is entirely to blame, even
though withdrawal and the horrific consequences thereof would be
entirely their doing. Theyll insist Saddam was just fine to keep
around, even though he was about to have the U.N. sanctions lifted and
certainly would have matched Iran's nuclear capability if he could have,
and that withdrawal will bring peace and American popularity since going
into Iraq is what made radical Muslims hate us, even though they've been
taking us hostage and blowing us up since 1979.
How else can one describe a group so thoroughly disconnected from
reality that they react to the possibility of being wrong the way
Dracula does sunlight?
Liberals are certain that global warming is man-caused, an imminent
threat, and that government can fix it. Please explain the Earth once
being tropical enough to support dinosaurs. Or, for that matter, cold
enough for woolly mammoths 100,000 years ago. The plain truth is that
the Earth's warming and cooling is a natural cycle upon which man has
very little effect, if any at all. As such, it is not an imminent
threat, at least not any more or less than at any other time in history.
What is an imminent threat is the damage that would be done, possibly to
nature and most definitely to your freedom, by letting arrogant
politicians try to "fix" what has never been broken.
Even if, by some fluke, the global warming fanatics are correct
with their diagnosis, their prescribed treatment is likely to be worse
than the disease. The sheer egomania it takes to think one is able to,
can and should control the weather and climate is virtually
incomprehensible. At a minimum, the arrogance with which they approach
the issue is unlikely to portend a successful outcome. Like the curators
of "Jurassic Park," they're so excited in the belief that they can, they
don't even want to consider whether they should. And just as their
hubris turned people into dinosaur food, so too will an attempt to "fix"
a non-existent "problem" turn out equally ugly.
But don't waste your time trying to use this common sense on the
global warming true believers. If you dare to point out things like the
California citrus crop freezing or Tucson getting snow, they'll just
claim that cooling is another symptom of warming. (No matter what the
weather is, they're right.)
Perhaps you're thinking that "cult" is too strong a word. But I'm
hard-pressed to come up with another that's more applicable. How else to
more accurately describe those who have no interest in plainly obvious
facts when they tend to disprove their established beliefs, and who lack
the simple humility to even consider the question, "What if I'm wrong"?
And whose answer to everything, including the examples above, is always
to gather ever more power unto themselves? If liberalism has not become
a cult, then what meaning does the word have left?
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