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The LORD sent Nathan to David. When he came to him, he said, “There were two men in a certain town, one rich and the other poor.
The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cattle, . . .
No, wait. That one has been told before (2 Samuel 12).
There were two parties in a once self-governing nation where the people lived in ordered liberty under a constitutional government of separated and enumerated powers. At least for a while.
One party – we’ll call it the Party of Good Intentions – wanted to employ the power of government to make life fairer for the citizenry and to eliminate, or at least reduce, the flaws and suffering of humankind, such as greed and bigotry and material inequality.
The other party – the Party of Personal Liberty and Responsibility – wanted the government to protect the natural rights of the citizens (enforce just laws equally) from enemies, foreign and domestic, and to be otherwise too weak to interfere much in people’s day-to-day lives, believing the price of a government powerful enough to give you everything you want weighed against a government powerful enough to take everything you have as too steep. The PGI might have said the PPLR party coldly calculated the cost-benefit analysis, neglecting the adversity suffered by the people in favor of the freedom to fail. And when it comes to the federal government, it wasn’t wrong.
Over the decades of these two worldviews contending with each other, the PGI enacted “new deal” and “great society” legislation and became powerful in the federal bureaucracy (people of the PGI having an affinity for employment in such), academia, corporations, and news and entertainment media. The PGI essentially took over the commanding heights of society.
And in the process, the people the PGI claimed to want to help – blacks and other minorities (but especially blacks, and excluding Asians), blue-collar workers, women, and children – suffered terrible degradation. Up until the (subsequently ironically named) Great Society, blacks were more likely to be married than whites and, therefore, black children were raised in intact families. After the Great Society, though, the vast majority of black children were raised in single-parent households and the corresponding rates of crime, drug addiction, and poverty showed the results.
[Insert video of diapered toddlers cursing, hitting, and kicking police here – except it’s been removed by YouTube for “violating terms of service.” Also black teenagers murdering an elderly man by beating him with a traffic cone.]
Workers experienced stagnant wages (or worse) for decades, with a brief respite here and there when they were able to find work at all.
Women became enemies of their own bodies and reproductive faculties – of their very female nature – and were immiserated by their natural differences with men [insert Klavan line about feminism: “making perfectly fine women into terrible men”]. The feminist movement was inherently male-hating, causing the breakdown of relationships both at home, in the workplace, and even in churches, where feminist Catholics were disgruntled by the Church’s refusal to ordain priestesses, for example.
And what happened to children – fatherless, abused, and warped by transgender ideology – became unspeakable. Children of PGI parents were even used to increase their parents’ status among their peers during the faddish novelty of transgenderism, to the point of chemical castration and surgical mutilation of otherwise healthy teenagers. Only the number of children killed in the womb (over 60 million) surpassed the wickedness of it all.
The failure of the PGI to produce positive outcomes required that some party be blamed, since the PGI has good intentions. It’s right there in the name! So, scapegoating came early and often and culminated in every form of excellence – moral, academic, artistic, . . . – being labeled “white supremacy,” and heterosexual white males being particularly vilified. Shortly after the inaptly named Great Society was enacted, children in grade-school began to hear that academic achievement was “acting white.” This view made its way into every facet of national life, up to and including the singularly race-neutral subject of math, where correct answers were deemed white supremacy.
But, as the Party of Good Intentions was not interested in good outcomes, and was heavily invested in its identity as the “good” people party in opposition to the personal responsibility people, it never took responsibility for the damage it did to people’s lives and the national character. It just blamed the PPLR, despite the overwhelming evidence of its culpability.
Notably, the PGI was mostly led by privileged white people who developed a white savior complex because #GoodIntentions.Published in