Dissent is Patriotic
I haven’t really seen a need to post much lately, because nothing much has changed. How many times can I write the same thing over and over again.
I get tired. It gets boring. For both you and me.
But this piece kind of lite a fire under me.
Back in 1965, when American politics watched the emergence of the New Left movement—rebranded today as “progressives”—a famous movement philosopher said the political left should be “liberated” from tolerating the opinions of the opposition:”Liberating tolerance would mean intolerance against movements from the Right and toleration of movements from the Left.”
That efficient strategy was the work of Herbert Marcuse, the political theorist whose ideas are generally credited with creating the basis for campus speech codes. Marcuse said, “Certain things cannot be said, certain ideas cannot be expressed, certain policies cannot be proposed.” Marcuse created political correctness.
Barack Obama in his “gloves-off” news conference Jan. 14: “They have suspicions about Social Security. They have suspicions about whether government should make sure that kids in poverty are getting enough to eat or whether we should be spending money on medical research.”
Marcuse called this “the systematic withdrawal of tolerance toward regressive and repressive opinions.” That, clearly, is what President Obama—across his first term, the presidential campaign and now—has been doing to anyone who won’t line up behind his progressivism. Delegitimize their ideas and opinions.
Which is ironic since he ran, in 2008, as a new politician. He was going to bring us together. Hope and Change, and oceans rising.
He was either completely naive, or he was lying. I’m going for the latter option. His presentation of himself as candidate Obama was merely part of the ruse.
If the opposition is looking for one word to shape its role now, it would be this: Dissent.