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The hysteria of the political Left seems to be growing and intensifying. Does anyone else believe this is happening? In my lifetime (although I’ve only followed politics for the last 20 years), I’ve seen the ranting of the Left rise and fall, but these times feel different. I’ve been thinking about the possible explanation for this phenomenon, and I’d like to hear your perspective. I’m going to begin by contrasting the conflicting views of the Left and the Right.
From my own observations, certain characteristics seem to be true for most of the people on the Left. A big part of their suffering comes from their holding to conflicting ideas and not recognizing their inconsistencies. For example, they are idealists and believe that all of society should strive for a Utopian existence, which has led them to embrace Marxist ideas (whether they admit it or not). We should all be treated as equals (unless we disagree with them), celebrate all cultures (except our own), and share society’s wealth with each other. Unfortunately, the Left also believes in not only the perfectibility of the world, but the perfectibility of men; they refuse to recognize that we are not only guided by reason, but we are emotional and unpredictable creatures. When we fickle human beings don’t cooperate with and participate in their endeavors, they become insulted and incensed.
Even though people are capricious, the Left believes they can straighten us out.
Their arrogance dictates that they are the ones who will lead us to their promised Utopia, and they celebrate personkind. The problem is that they detest people; they believe people are ignorant, naïve, selfish, greedy and difficult (and sometimes we are). Then they wonder why we resent their demands to adopt their belief system, not thinking how our “ignorance” or rebelliousness might get in the way. Finally, their lives lack meaning outside of their Marxian, superior worldview; they have faith in nothing and no one (except for others who endorse their doctrine and efforts), and rather than accept that we may have different ideas, they choose to demonize and denigrate the beliefs of the Right. And we have refused to join their crusade for this life-changing ideology.
In sharp contrast, studies show that people on the Right are happier than people on the Left. The Right accepts that we live in a free society with the freedom of expression; they realize that none of us is perfect, and ideally we realize that within the fold of conservatism is a diversity and range of views. The Right also realizes that the source of its happiness does not come from outside itself; it’s nice to be materially comfortable, have a lovely family and friends and opportunities to grow. But the Right knows that the sources of happiness or better stated, satisfaction with life, is an “inside job.” Many people on the Right identify with a religion; those who do not practice religion usually have a sound value system that mirrors the Right’s beliefs in equality of opportunity, traditional values and a deep appreciation of the benefits that the U.S. affords all of us. In place of the arrogance and pessimism of the Left, the Right holds overall optimism about this country and a level of humility about our good fortune to be living here.
Then the November 2016 election took place. The Left’s hysteria was frighteningly apparent. Their hopes for continuing the march to Utopia met a serious setback, if not a devastating blow. Not only were their dreams violated, but their myth of striving for Utopia was collapsing.
The political and bureaucratic leaders of the Left, however, have abandoned their dreams for perfection; they probably embraced their desire for power long ago, and they think the only way they have a chance to regain power is not only to stir the pot, but to terrify their supporters—and raise the level of demonization of the “enemy” to a new level. They will continue their efforts to inflame the madness to keep their supporters in line.
How do we fight this relentless, despicable and hateful onslaught of the Left and their leaders?
We must be persistent in pushing through the flood of insults and lies.
We must continue to prove their leaders’ betrayals of this country
We must speak the truth through those few on the Right who have the courage to act.
We must remember that no matter how vile, destructive and enraged the Left has been, their dreams are being destroyed. They may actually realize how empty and unrealistic their lives have been. They may even decide to view the world through a more realistic lens.
Stranger things have happened.