The left has always had two emotions. Anger and Outrage. It was hard enough to listen to their arguments when they were just angry. When they are outraged, Katey bar the door. We are witness lately to the seething outrage. A gay right wing provocateur scheduled to give a lecture at Berkeley incites a full blown riot to stop the event. The new Secretary of Education is barred by protestors from entering a public school. Cinematic and music award shows are blown apart by long screeds of anti-right hatred. Businesses broadcast they want only “correct thinking” customers purchasing their goods.
The President has been President three weeks.
Victim status has been the calling card for the left since time immemorial. The aggrieved and the oppressed, however ill defined in today’s world, at one time had legitimacy as a political expression. There has always been a ruling elite, and there has always been an underclass that served them, from ancient days, through feudal times, to the unconstrained capitalism of the industrial revolution. The American experiment was something altogether different. The codified rights and freedoms offered every citizen provided an alternative promise unrestrained by that citizen’s current circumstance. The one dark blot on that promise, the preservation of slavery after a declaration that all men are created equal, was expunged by a righteous, brutal conflict of one class of men fighting and dying for the promise of restoring rights to another, denied class of men. A million deaths in four brutal years, and the greater truth that no man would have victim status imposed in a free society was painfully restored. The progressives recognized importantly however that their work was not done. Positive societal gains creating suffrage, safety in the workplace, access to hygiene and healthcare, and eventually removal of overt discrimination immeasurably improved society.
Such principled successes have led unfortunately to principle devolution and ever greater anger over ever smaller classes of victims, and obtuse oppressors. A potential mother is oppressed by her unborn fetus. A person confused by gender is oppressed by bathroom confusion. A student is oppressed by an alternative argument or philosophy of life. A carbon molecule or an animal protein obstructs a person’s security that they are living a cleansed existence from harmful influence.
When anger is insufficient for discourse, it must be replaced by outrage. Politics, or what passes for politics, must infest every interaction. Political correctness has become the tool of liberal fascism. Believe what I believe, or face a punch in the mouth. See the world my way, or face obstruction, boycott, and chaos.
Whatever valuable concepts are left remaining in progressive thought, they are swallowed up by inane demands and petty outrage that prevents any structured logic that might advance their aims. The left is most offended that the President comes from their world, and occasionally retorts with similar heat inflected rhetoric — they recognize a mirror when they see it. They are offended that they are no longer able to have the exclusive privilege of having everybody have to react to them, and that now they must react and adjust.
The modern left lives in a world where their value set of individual infinite victimhood is absurdly comfortable with a world where a muslim woman can be punished for publicly humiliating her rapist, or where an entire country like Venezuela must starve to preserve a left elite that promotes socialist equality of suffering for all, except themselves. The constant hypocrisy is a comfort, because the left owns its own facts,is comfortable with only those facts, and doesn’t let reality get in the way of a meme.
President Trump wont be going anywhere anytime soon. We are all getting used to his impulsive personality and thought process. But he seems to hire good people, who are measured in their approaches, and he clearly listens and absorbs their comments — something the last guy found impossible to do. The fire on the left is likely to burn as bright as their outrage, but like all superheated conflagrations, the fuel eventually is subsumed, and all that is left is the smoking embers.
The job of the rest of the world is to build an appropriate fire wall, and get on with the task of living life. Our efforts should be pointed toward a better world for those who want it, and keeping the left from doing what their outrage drives them to do — burn it all down.