The “reality” of the modern liberal goes something like this: “Once you’ve subscribed to general idea of indiscriminateness” – the notion that no person, no country, no legal system is any better than any other – “anything other than indiscriminateness is the evil of having discriminated.”
My friend Evan Sayet said that back in 2007 in a talk before the Heritage Foundation. And if you haven’t viewed his address by now, you must immediately (or the next time you have 20 minutes or so) go to the video and watch him take apart the modern liberal paradigm, brick by brick by brick.
Discrimination is bad…. right? We were all taught this. Don’t discriminate. Don’t discriminate against blacks, against Jews, against blonds . . . just don’t do it. It’s not “nice,” we were taught. Evan Sayet takes this notion and turns it on its head when he describes the way in which modern liberals think. What is their thought process? How do they arrive at the conclusions that they arrive at? The late great Andrew Breitbart called Evan’s address “One of the five most important conservative speeches ever given” and I agree, 100%.
So, let me “try” and summarize as best I can.
Evan starts off with the proposition that the modern Liberal will “invariably side with evil over good, wrong over right, and the behaviors that lead to failure over those that lead to success,” not just sometimes, but virtually all of the time!
How can this be?
Well, he explains that, after eliminating all of the obvious character flaws that liberals MUST have to believe such things, such as being evil, or stupid, or both, the modern liberal has come to the conclusion that: “In 100,000 years of human civilization, none of the ideas that mankind has come up with, none of the religions, none of the philosophies, none of the ideologies, none of the forms of government, have succeeded in creating a world devoid of war, poverty, crime, and injustice.”
Evan goes on to say that Liberals are convinced that since all of these ideas of man have proven themselves to be wrong, the real cause of war, poverty, crime, and injustice must be found – can only be found – in the attempt to be right.
Let that sink in for a moment, because it lies at the core of Evan’s theory about the liberal process of thinking.
If nobody ever thought that they were “right,” what would we disagree about? If we didn’t disagree, surely we wouldn’t fight. If we didn’t fight, of course we wouldn’t go to war. Without war, there would be no poverty; without poverty, there would be no crime; without crime, there would be no injustice. It’s a utopian vision, and all that’s required to usher in this utopia is the rejection of all fact, reason, evidence, logic, truth, morality, and decency – all the tools that you and I use in our attempts to be better people, to make the world more right by trying to be right, by siding with right, by recognizing what is right and moving toward it.
The modern liberal, in his attempt to make a better world, will work always to prove that, as Evan puts it, “right isn’t right and wrong isn’t wrong.”
To illustrate this point, Evan cites John Lennon’s song “Imagine”:
“Imagine there’s no countries.” Not imagine great countries, not imagine “defeat the Nazis”,’but imagine no religions, and the key line is to imagine a time when anything and everything that mankind values is devalued to the point where there’s nothing left “to kill or die for”.
Everything that the modern liberal teaches in our schools, everything they make into movies, the messages of the movies, the TV shows, the newspaper stories that they pick and how they spin them have but one criterion for truth, beauty, honesty, etc., and that is: Does it tear down what is good and elevate what is evil? Does it tear down what is right and elevate what is wrong? Does it tear down the behaviors that lead to success and elevate the ones that lead to failure so that there is nothing left to believe in?
Evan calls this the “cult of indiscriminateness.” To the Modern Liberal, for instance, there IS no such thing as, “American Exceptionalism”. To believe that there IS would be an act of bigotry, in the liberal mind, since no nation is better than any other nation. So, if no nation is better than any other, how then do you explain the United States of America, and her super-power status in the world?
He explains that,
Modern Liberals “know” that theirs is a position arrived at through the moral imperative of indiscriminateness; therefore, any position other than their own must have been arrived at through the employment of discrimination. So this makes you not just wrong on your issues and your stances. They don’t even think about your issues and your stances. They don’t have to. Even if they were willing to, even if they were able to, they don’t need to. Would you sit and contemplate Hitler’s Social Security policy? No, you would fight Hitler.
So, “since nothing can be deemed ‘good,’ nothing can be deemed ‘evil.’ That which society recognizes as good must be the beneficiary of some sort of prejudice” e.g., he discriminated.
That which society recognizes as evil must be the victim of that prejudice. So, again, the mindless foot soldier will mindlessly accept whatever policy seeks to tear down what is good – America, Israel, Wal-Mart – and elevate what is evil until everything meets in the middle and there is nothing left to fight about.
Which leaves us where we started: Once you subscribe to indiscriminateness, anything other than indiscriminateness is the evil (the liberal idea of evil) of having discriminated.
We have LOTS of work to do. Please start by watching the video, and THEN by reading Evan’s book.
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