My beliefs change, to the extent they do, rather slowly. I rarely watch the news or hear of something that makes me think, “Wow, I need to rethink my beliefs on that subject.”
There have sometimes been changes. The grinding of the Iraq War and the apparent sincerity of the Bush Administration in its democratizing project led me to conclude that even unfriendly dictators are usually preferable to anarchy or democratic Islamists. And those events also reinforced a skepticism of missionary efforts to extend civilization and democracy to other parts of the world. But mostly my beliefs stay pretty similar from one year to the next and, in the case of immigration or racial issues, have become more deeply held and felt in the face of accruing facts.
But consider the faddishness of the left. Its manias change from week to week, and then fade into obscurity, partly because they would be so obviously lunatic in light of intervening events.
Consider last year’s big leftist cause, the militarization of police. Even certain Republicans of a libertarian bent got in on the act. Would anyone in his right mind bring that up after the horror show in San Bernardino? Would anyone with eyes to see fail to notice the large armored vehicles in this otherwise ordinary suburb barricading the Jihadi lovers so they could each get 62 grains of due process?
Or what about the University of Virginia and its “rape culture.” The whole thing was built on fairly obvious lies from the mind of an hysterical young girl, and everyone involved has not been man enough to admit it.
One week before ISIS’s Paris Massacre, Obama said how ISIS was contained. Three weeks after, following the shooting of a Planned Parenthood center, he said these gun attacks don’t happen in other countries. In Paris, no less!
Leftism is not constructed from a careful appraisal of reality, but is instead a utopian scheme that aims to bend reality through relentless propaganda, magical thinking, and outright lies. It conceals its true aims, because it does not respect the consent of the governed, who are deemed to be living in false consciousness. It does not really believe in truth, so much as power.
Thus, its cause du jour is always changing, and the vanguard often makes a tactical retreat, forgetting what it was advocating only a day or week or month earlier, and, more important, hoping we forget until more auspicious times.
Leftism does not do what it says it will do. Rather, is a dialectic, relying on bait and switch. And the reason is obvious: the parade of horribles always comes true. And, when the parade comes, they always change the subject, saying, “what are you being so uptight about?”
Opponents of civil rights warned of crime and miscegenation. They happened. Opponents of the sexual revolution warned of disintegrating families and rampant veneral disease. They happened. Opponents of gay marriage and gay scout leaders warned of polygamy and pedophilia. They are happening. Opponents of the idiotic black lives matter movement warned of rising crime and disorder. They happened too.
To the extent the left obtains acquiesence or shames its opponents, it is a through the repetition of propaganda made up of half-truths, lies, and false promises. Too much reality and too much memory are the most dangerous obstacle to its plans. Truth has a power all its own. They are scared of it, because truth does not depend so much as their own beliefs on a powerful media apparatus or brow beating. It speaks for itself. The Soviets knew this, jailing dissidents and proclaiming them mentally ill for their temerity. But these dissidents were vindicated.
If we remember America was once a decent place–and not the oppressive hell hole of Hollywood’s imagination–we might come to realize that the parade of horribles leveled against their new schemes will also come to pass, and that the evils they supposedly eliminated may have been carefully balanced aspects of a culture, that is, deliciate matters of moral and mores that we have since forgotten. And, if nothing else, we might wake up to the dishonesty and malevolence at the heart of all things leftist, wrapped up, as they always are, in cliches, fads, and, the hope that we don’t remember what they were saying only last week.
Orwell was onto something in 1984, where the oppressors said, “He who controls the present, controls the past; and who controls the past, controls the future.” Books were constantly edited to confirm the ruling party’s narrative. It will all be much easier in the age of electronic media. Why else are Woodrow Wilson and the Confederate Battle Flag and Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson being packed away? They don’t want us to know or to respect our own past. They want us to be bland, mindless, belief-free drones, good only for the non-culture of the corporate cubicle and for buying crap that we don’t need.
Indeed, a long historical memory may even be less necessary to resist than it once was, because the pace of change, and the pace of the accompanying lies, has now reached breakneck speed. You only need to remember a week or a month or a year before to see their manifest dishonesty.
Remember, friends. Remember.