THE OPEN WOUND
I recently had a conversation with a highly accomplished and intelligent friend who asked why it is so hard for opposing political sides in this country to find common ground. It is not an easy question and I has no short answer for him. But I would liken the gulf between the two dominant ideologies, the Left and the Right, to a giant, gaping wound whose two sides cannot knit together. There can be no healing so long as one side of the wound is diseased. If the two sides were forced together, sutured by political deals and equivocation, the entire area would become infected, the diseased side corrupting the healthy side with the same toxic beliefs and policies that opened the wound in the first place.
There are few compromises the Right can make with the Left that do not require the abandonment of essential truths. Any ideological shift toward to the Left is a shift towards atheistic, amoral, big government, redistribution, identity politics. The Left is bare-faced in its political extremity and most of those ideas are unpalatable, if not repugnant, to the Constitutional/Conservative/Libertarian Right. This is not because both sides are polarized in mutual swings to either extreme of the political spectrum. The Left has simply moved so far away from the Polar Star of liberty, the United States Constitution, that it appears that the Right is in an extreme and opposite place. That is a fallacy. The American Right, the Tea Party, and the Conservative Movement dwell in the true center of the political spectrum between totalitarianism and anarchy, where the Law of the Land both defines the necessary roles of government, and restrains the government from contravening individual responsibilities and rights.
That is American Politics 101. But to address the rending wound of American politics we have to dig a little deeper and explore the gangrenous contents of Progressivism. Let’s use the rhetoric of the progressive Left to illustrate why the healthy cells of patriotism must not touch the virulent tissues on the other side of the wound.
Paul Krugman, Liberal Economist, on the terrorist attacks of 9/11:
“What happened after 9/11 — and I think even people on the right know this, whether they admit it or not — was deeply shameful. The atrocity should have been a unifying event, but instead it became a wedge issue. Fake heroes like Bernie Kerik, Rudy Giuliani, and, yes, George W. Bush raced to cash in on the horror. And then the attack was used to justify an unrelated war the neocons wanted to fight, for all the wrong reasons.
A lot of other people behaved badly. How many of our professional pundits — people who should have understood very well what was happening — took the easy way out, turning a blind eye to the corruption and lending their support to the hijacking of the atrocity?
The memory of 9/11 has been irrevocably poisoned; it has become an occasion for shame. And in its heart, the nation knows it.”
Michael Moore, a Leftist filmmaker worth millions, on Capitalism :
“Capitalism would have never let me be a filmmaker, living in Flint, Michigan with a high school education. I was going to have to make that happen myself. My last movie, I gave it away for free on the Internet: Slacker Uprising. If I were a capitalist I would not give my employees health insurance with no deductible, which I do, including dental, and paid pregnancy leave. That’s not called capitalism, that’s called being a Christian and someone who believes in democracy, so that everyone should get a fair slice of the pie.”
Jimmy Hoffa Jr., Leader of the Teamsters Union, on the Patriots in the Tea Party:
“We gotta keep an eye on the battle we face: the war on workers. And you see it everywhere, it is the Tea Party. And you know, there is only one way to beat and win that war. The one thing about working people is we like a good fight. And you know what? They got a war, and they got a war with us. There is only going to be one winner and it’s going to be us.”
An op-ed from liberal think-tank The New America Foundation on the obsolete Constitution:
‘Like the Senate, the Electoral College is a historical anachronism born of horse-trading and expediency. Since its electoral formula is based, in part, on the composition of the Senate, it, too, is unquestionably anti-democratic. Whether one person, the president, should have ultimate responsibility for the governance of 300 million people is best left for another debate. For now, suffice it to say that, at a minimum, that individual should be elected by a majority vote of the people.”
Malik Shabazz, leader of the New Black Panthers, on how to treat White People:
Barak Obama on dealing with militant Islam:
“Islam is not part of the problem in combating violent extremism – it is an important part of promoting peace.”
Barak Obama and Patriotism:
Barak Obama’s Family and Friends:
My exasperated friend was sincere in his question. He deeply loves America and has proven that love with a lifetime of exemplary service in which he has countless times put his life on the line. His answer will not come from my words. The reasons for the lack of mending in riven America will come from the words, behavior, and evil intentions that fester within the wound. Can we countenance rhetoric from a leader of the Left who believes that America should be blamed for and ashamed of 9/11? Can we support a hypocritical filmmaker who hates American Capitalism yet enjoys every perquisite and blessing that derive from the Free Market? Can we trust an iconic figure, the son of another iconic figure, who threatens the Tea Party with physical harm simply because they stand in political opposition to his desires? Can we compromise with an political ideology that has contempt for the Constitution? Can we meet halfway, racist radicals who would kill babies for their cause? Can we follow a president who refuses to acknowledge the danger posed by Islamic terrorism? Can we respect a president who lacks even the humility to salute Old Glory? Can we trust a man whose family and background are riddled with mystery, communist influences, crime, cover-ups, and who espouses causes that despise the Constitution and the values upon which the United States of America was founded?
No. The answer is no. We will never heal until this disease has been excised. The strong antibiotic of the Tea Party is the first therapy. But wounded America will never heal so long as the political microbes that are trying to kill the patient remain. The putrescence of Leftist extremism must be completely purged and the wound washed clean of toxic anti-American ideas and practices.
by Marjorie Haun 9/13/2011