The “Left” in America used to be represented as the umbrella party under which the disenfranchised could collect, welcome to protection from the storm of bigotry, hatred, and intolerance from (as liberals were fond of describing) racist, bible-thumping, uneducated conservatives. The Democratic Party was the party that represented labor against oppressive corporate greed.
If you are a Democrat and you have not taken a close, objective look at what’s happened to your party, let me give you a mirror:
Prior to COVID-19, the Democratic Party sold out to Big Pharma. Top-down party politics demanded support for the rejection of exemptions for vaccine mandates. The money was easy, and the Party acted just like the nouveau riche – throwing their campaign money influence around while trampling individual rights. It was embarrassing then and is a huge stain on their party now.
In 2020/2021, well-meaning liberals fell in line, exhibiting unquestioning, unquestioning conformity to authority, and abject intolerance of independent thought.
In 2020/2021, people who identified as liberals clamored for censorship of dissenting views.
In 2020/2021, people who identified as liberals adopted a norm to automatic backing of anything – or at least a refusal to challenge anything – coming from the LGBTQIA2S+ affiliation, regardless of legality or culturally respected lines on decency and morality.
In 2020/2021, people who identified as liberals believed – and acted on their belief – that it was ok to treat individuals with bias, bigotry, and hatred merely for the group they chose to belong to.
The Social Shame Force Phenomenon
Starting with #MeToo, then with #BlackLivesMatter, and then #pronounsmatter, the power of groupthink, empowered by the new threat of being “canceled” for straying outside of narrowly proscribed lines became a social force. It’s easy to jump to conclusions based on what is being said about someone, what they allegedly did, or said. It fits the agenda to create power to destroy for the utility of the THREAT of destruction, and, in the case of the core of Critical Race Theory, shut out anyone who is not a minority in the conversation with rhetoric while you target middle-class values. That’s not my assessment, see (from 1998!) “What’s Wrong with Critical Race Theory: Reopening the Case for Middle-Class Values (Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy, Spring 1998, Vol 7: Iss. 3, Article 1”.
Sadly, each of these initiatives (and I’m being generous to call them that) had, at its core, a goal ethos that most Americans even now could get behind. The end of sexual harassment is a good thing. The celebration of successes by Blacks is a good thing, as long as it does not come at the cost of the celebration of success by people of other races: it should not be news that such activities are racist. Lowering educational standards to bring equality to grades between white and black students is racist. Not requiring anyone to show up to work on time, or at all, or to do their job based on the color of their skin is racism. Not reverse racism. Just racism.
(This policy shift has been denied by the school district; A copy of the “Transformative Education Professional Development & Grading” would help correct the representation in the media (USA Today’s so-called “Fact-Check” won’t do it given how much they got wrong about COVID-19 and COVID-19 vaccines).
Let’s just agree that problem substitution is not an acceptable solution.
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