Over the past few weeks, weeks comprised of several notable domestic and international events – from the Safeway shootings in Arizona in January to the bloody unrest in Egypt and Libya. I have been thinking about what we have learned as Americans about ourselves and our country over the past few years. I’ve watched carefully – and hopefully objectively, and I’m sad to say that I’m finding it a mixed bag.
On the positive side, there is large segment of our population that “get it” – basically, these are the people who have already “got it” pretty much from the start. These people live in the real world, not some wishful construct where they whistle past the graveyard and ignore the building chaos around them. They are largely the conservative half of America, people who recognize the true threats to the American ideal whether they be economic, political, and societal or from terrorism.
Daniel Pipes, writing in The National Review’s blog, The Corner, stated:
“On the plus side, about half of the population — basically the conservative half — has made substantial progress. It has done everything from read the Koran to volunteer for combat in Afghanistan. A speech by Newt Gingrich in July with an informed discussion of “a struggle with radical Islamists in both their militant and their stealth form,” symbolizes this increase in awareness.
On the minus side, the liberal half and the establishment it inevitably controls, from government to media to the academy to the arts, has become ever more determined to ignore the religious aspect of the war and instead reduce it to counterterrorism and economics. Eric Holder’s buffoonish congressional testimony in May, when he time and again refused to acknowledge any role for radical Islam, symbolizes this obduracy. Worse, liberals hamstring defense attempts by labeling these “Islamophobism” and “racism.””
I think that Pipes has it spot on as far as he goes. He is speaking specifically about the threat of terrorism and the absolute failure of Liberals to recognize the religious driver behind it. Alas, the Left wears the same set of blinders to avoid seeing anything that might cause them to take a stand and be judged for that position. They can’t see the hand totalitarianism behind most of these movements, can’t see the creeping socialism in the programs that they support – yet they see very clearly the racism that doesn’t exist in the Tea Party and opposition to Obama.
The media can’t be bothered to see it. Stacy McCain quotes the masterful Ace and points out his own experience with the blinders of the liberal media outlets:
Ten years ago, I did a news article for the Washington Times examining the dearth of coverage about the murder of Jesse Dirkhising, an Arkansas teenager who was raped and suffocated by two men. One of the two killers had just been convicted, and another was still on trial. Why had the murder of Matthew Shepard merited wall-to-wall coverage while the death of Dirkhising — an equally horrendous and senseless crime — got no national coverage at all? I called up the networks to ask, and one response was particularly memorable:
“We’ve been watching the trial and will continue to monitor it,” ABC News spokesman Todd Polkes said Wednesday. “Currently, we have no plans to report it in our national newscasts. It appears to be a local crime story that does not raise the kind of issues that would warrant our coverage.”
What kind of issues do “warrant coverage”? And why are some issues so transparently more equal than others? Who decides these things?
No one ever satisfactorily answered those questions, and here again we see how media bias involves preconceived ideas of what issues “warrant coverage.”
Why adopt this stance? I believe that it is for several reasons, among them an individual cowardice, a cowardice that has metastasized into a collective fear within the Liberal community – pure and simple. That cowardice leads to a fear of leadership where it is easier to generalize problems away and avoid the criticism that comes with leadership. It is rooted in a psyche that is so ambiguous in belief systems that it can never confident about being right combined with a deep lack of self esteem (evidenced by constantly seeking approval of others).
The latter two items are leadership killers, no person can lead unless they have unshakable confidence in their beliefs and have a strong enough self esteem to resist the onslaughts of the internal and external forces of doubt. Can you imagine what would have happened if Winston Churchill, Douglas MacArthur, Dwight Eisenhower of George Patton vacillated for months over the decision to storm Normandy or retake the Philippines? Did they make every right decision? Of course not…but they had the strengths of conviction brought about by unflinching belief in their ability and the trust in the abilities of their people.
It is far easier to go to the world community in a submissive posture, asking forgiveness for all that we have done “wrong” in the eyes of that community than it is to take a position, defend it and fight to win. If one is always the submissive, one has no responsibility for their actions other than to ask forgiveness and in fact, has abdicated any authority and leadership role to the “world community”.
I daresay that there probably is not a single one of us who has not opted for this strategy at one point or other in a conflict with a friend, family member, boyfriend, girlfriend, significant other or co-worker. Have you ever had a situation where it was just easier to apologize for an issue, even thought you were not in the wrong, just to salvage a friendship or to “go along, to get along”? Even though we might seek to salvage a relationship or avoid hurting the other person, it really is just an avoidance mechanism. Nothing is ever solved by this process and the root issue still remains unresolved.
Remember in elementary school when someone violated a rule and the teacher said that unless the offending student came forward, the whole class would be punished? With a bit of a twist, welcome to the Liberal outlook on almost everything.
Liberals go to extreme lengths to avoid specifically identifying the offending person or group, and instead punish everybody – this is the root of my assertion that Liberals don’t truly seek equality, just to equally spread the misery. They can rationalize from specific to general faster than the Millennium Falcon in hyperdrive. Let’s look at a few examples:
Charles Krauthammer had a great take on the intellectual aspect of this phenomenon. In his column, The Last Refuge of a Liberal, in the Washington Post last year where he pointed out this uncanny ability to incorrectly generalize:
Resistance to the vast expansion of government power, intrusiveness and debt, as represented by the Tea Party movement? Why, racist resentment toward a black president.
Disgust and alarm with the federal government’s unwillingness to curb illegal immigration, as crystallized in the Arizona law? Nativism.
Opposition to the most radical redefinition of marriage in human history, as expressed in Proposition 8 in California? Homophobia.
Opposition to a 15-story Islamic center and mosque near Ground Zero? Islamophobia.
Look at the administration’s stance on illegal immigration – it is basically that we can’t stop them all, so we won’t stop any of them. On Friday, September 10th, USA Today reported changes introduced by John Morton, the head of ICE –basically creating an “indefinite leave to remain” for illegal aliens:
“The Obama administration is changing the federal immigration enforcement strategy in ways that reduce the threat of deportation for millions of illegal immigrants, even as states such as Arizona, Colorado, Virginia, Ohio and Texas are pushing to accelerate deportations…
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director John Morton ordered agency officials on Aug. 20 to begin dismissing deportation cases against people who haven’t committed serious crimes and have credible immigration applications pending.
A proposed directive from Morton posted on ICE’s website for public comment last month would generally prohibit police from using misdemeanor traffic stops to send people to ICE. Traffic stops have led to increased deportations in recent years, according to Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies at the Center for Immigration Studies, a think tank whose research supports tighter enforcement.
The directive said exceptions would be made in certain cases, such as when immigrants have serious criminal records.
ICE officers have been told to “exercise discretion” when deciding whether to detain “long-time lawful permanent residents, juveniles, the immediate family members of U.S. citizens, veterans, members of the armed forces and their families, and others with illnesses or special circumstances,” Daniel Ragsdale, ICE executive associate director of management, testified July 1 in the administration’s lawsuit to block Arizona’s controversial immigration law. The law requires police officers to determine the immigration status of suspects stopped for another offense if there was a “reasonable suspicion” they are in the USA illegally. A U.S. district judge has held up the provision pending review.
A draft memo from ICE’s sister agency, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, to Morton discussed ways the administration could adjust regulations so certain groups, such as college students and the spouses of military personnel, could legalize their status or at least avoid deportation if Congress doesn’t pass comprehensive immigration reform. USCIS rules on applications for visas, work permits and citizenship. USCIS spokesman Christopher Bentley said the memo was intended to stimulate brainstorming on how to legalize immigrants if new laws aren’t passed.
The administration’s new direction puts it at odds with those who believe the nation’s immigration laws should be strictly enforced and that all illegal immigrants should be deported.”
Health care “reform”: there are small segments of our population without insurance, the estimates used in the debate running up to March of this year were 47 million but many sources said that it was closer to 16 million. So what do we do? Instead of dealing specifically with that group, we “reformed” (and I use that term very loosely) the entire system, impacting everyone in the country.
Constantly seeking approval of others:
I found these individual traits of low self esteem in a book called, How Do I Stop Caring What People Think of Me?, by Byron Katie. See if you notice similarities to our current administration as it applies to the world stage.
By pre-judging people, you cause a lot of your own grief and make yourself feel much worse than you need to. You don’t want people to judge you yet you’ve gone ahead and pre-judged them. Stop judging and just be in the moment. Remember that everyone has so much more to offer than what you see at first glance.
Trying to Impress Others to Make Them Like You
Trying to impress others also means that you miss out on a lot. You won’t hear large parts of conversations because you tune the other person out while you try to think of something clever or witty to say or think about what story you know which will beat their tale. You’ll be so intent on your own image that you don’t simply enjoy the conversation or hear what that person has to say or even get to know that other person. You become so focused on yourself that nothing else matters.
For your efforts to gain approval, all you’ll end up with is feeling empty and insecure. You’ll probably rerun the event over and over in your head thinking you weren’t good enough. When, if you hadn’t worried about impressing others but rather concentrated on the moment, you might have made a new friend, or learned something valuable, or just had a good laugh about something. You would have then have good memories of the event instead of beating yourself up over it.
Adding Your Own Beliefs To What You Hear
You may feel that you don’t have someone’s approval when really you do. The other person just hasn’t said anything or you may be reading something into the situation that isn’t there. The temptation might be to start thinking about what ulterior motives they have for what they say. For example, if someone gives you a compliment, You may also be adding your own story to it. You may think, “They’re only being nice to me because they feel sorry for me.” Let your life story go and just listen to people and what they say literally. Don’t add your own beliefs to it.
Not Minding Your Own Business
If you’re busy thinking what someone else should be doing, then you’re not paying attention to your own business. As soon as you say things like, “he should spend more time with me”, “she should appreciate what I’ve done for her”, or “he should get a better job”, you are not minding your own business.
You may also be distracting yourself from dealing with your own issues by focusing on what you think needs to be fixed in someone else’s life. You ignore your own needs. Focus on your own life. Pay attention to what it is that you want and what you need. By doing this, you will gain approval from others because you know what you want. People respect those that know what they want.
Being Overly Polite
Do you make excuses or apologies in order to defend yourself or give a better opinion of yourself? Even though we think that being polite is about being considerate of others, many times it’s about trying to create a better impression of you. It’s not your fault the document isn’t finished or that you were late or that you forgot to pick someone up. Usually, it’s all an attempt to manage your own self image.
See the similarities with Liberal and RINO leadership? Is it any wonder why the term “moderate” is treated seriously and even aspired to? Who the hell aspires to be mediocre?
There can be no doubt that we have temporarily lost our mojo. The World Economic Forum just dropped us to fourth in the world in competitiveness. Poverty is reaching record levels under Obama. We argue if this is a deep recession or a depression. Our foreign policy has become one of submission and acquiescence as we lose credibility on the world stage with both friends and enemies. We are drifting and an era of failed policies and pseudo-leadership.
We have allowed our faith in our founding institutions to be eroded, our faith in God, our faith in our religious and government institutions, our faith in the innate goodness of our people. We have allowed our Constitution to be perverted for purely political purposes. We have allowed a “go along to get along” attitude to creep into our everyday lives because we have been comfortable and lost the will to fight. We refuse to protect our sovereignty. For years, our society has been steeped in vacuous concepts like conflict “avoidance”, “diversity” leading to equivocation and we have allowed our educational systems to indoctrinate our children with the politically correct concept that we are nothing special (and if we are, it isn’t nice to tell anyone because it might make them feel bad). We hear that competition is bad because it lowers self esteem.
I say that this is a load of male bovine fecal matter. Losing only lowers self esteem for the losers (true losers are not those who wind up on the short end of the score but are those who refuse to continue to fight). These concepts are all pushed to allow those who are weak of mind, weak in spirit and lack conviction to have a seat at the table. I always laugh at Rush Limbaugh’s satirical take on feminism when he says that “The feminist movement was created to allow ugly women access to the mainstream of society.” Same concept applies here except substitute the term Liberal, Progressive, socialist, etc. for “ugly women”.
If allowed to stand, this will destroy America. Under Liberal and RINO administrations going back to Carter, we have become the shy, weak momma’s boy at the prom. We should not only be embarrassed at the performance of our leadership so far this year, we should be mad as Hell. Want a picture of what a liberal dream, a weak America, means to the world? Turn on your TV tonight.
But I have news for world – the real America isn’t shy. We win. We keep score. We are not “navel gazers” – we are the class president, the star athlete, the science fair winner, the best dancer, the most popular, the most handsome/beautiful, the homecoming king or queen…we win every category in the high school yearbook, especially the “most likely to succeed”.
Repression of our true nature cannot last. America is the leader, the tip of the spear, the first to a fight.
The sooner we recognize this fact, the sooner that we (and the world) will recover.