Monday, March 14, 2011
Theory vs. Reality Reprise
I once wrote an article entitled "Theory vs. Reality." The post was about the left's love of theory over its perception and acceptance of reality itself. Hence the phrase, "I reject your reality and substitute my own." While the concept of reality is variable on the left, on the right we tend to take the world as it is and not as we imagine it to be. For example, in the previous article I wrote about a young mother who had railed against slacker parents who did not give their all to their children. Her posts were full of passion and reason regarding that topic. However, in the real world, she allowed her child to die of starvation in his crib. There was plenty of food for the baby in the house. The family was not broke. But it seems that mom and dad had a fascination for Dungeons and Dragons online and couldn't be bothered with fixing a bottle for their child or changing their infant son. Therefore, the child died in his own waste of starvation. The law did have its say and both parents were sentenced appropriately. A pity that the world still waits for the retroactive abortion defense to felony child neglect. Theoretically, she would have made a good mother, but reality only rarely reflects theory.
In the real world we call such events psychotic breaks. For the psychotic, reality is his own creation and not the truth and he responds to "his" reality as if it were real. For the rest of us, psychosis is a mental illness and not a political ideology. If we were to track the left's mindset back to days of its formation we would find horrors. It was Robespierre who was the first community activist to head a government and his use of the guillotine is legendary. In fact, he was the victim of his own devices because he became so fearsome a figure that allowing him to live was not an option. The only difference between the French revolution and the American was our perspectives on humanity.
The French perceived man as a noble animal who possessed integrity and compassion for his fellows. They believed that such a man would always do the right thing because it was encoded in his DNA. The American take was far more realistic. We believed that man was greedy, stingy, and always sought to accumulate as much power as he can by whatever means that he can. To date, the French had had around fifteen governments and we have had only one. That is because our system of checks and balances works with reality rather than how we want reality to be.
Man is not noble by his very nature, but because he must defeat his own base drives in order to become noble it becomes an achievement worthy of praise. Nobility is not encoded in the human genome, but greed and self interest are. Two different perspectives on man and two very different results. Fifteen governments later the French are still trying to figure out where they went wrong. I heard somewhere that trying the same approach repeatedly and expecting different results was the very definition of madness, but to the "I reject your reality and substitute my own" crowd, it is a way of life. Thus have I arrived at Michael Savage's conclusion that liberalism is a mental disorder.
The left lives in a perpetual psychosis of an imagined reality where the world is all sunshine and butterflies. This also explains their shocking lack of integrity. For what is a lie when the entire reality is, but an illusion? Where can the truth be found in a dream? Thus does the dreamer retreat from the real world into the illusion of their own private psychosis. In this virtual reality all that is not of the left is evil. Republicans are evil, conservatives are evil, business and profit are evil, even traditional minorities are branded as evil if they dare to adhere to a differing ideology. In such a world, only the strongest emotions dominate and the negative emotions evoke the strongest response. There is no right or wrong, but only billions of shades of gray and therefore there is no such thing as perversity.
This is why the paragons of the left are people like Paris Hilton, Kim Kardashian, Charlie Sheen, and Sean Penn. They embody the ugly ideology of the left in real life. Hollywood is so inundated with such people because tinsel town makes its living on fantasy. Why should we be surprised to find that those who make their living morphing from one reality to another would also be staunchly on the left? It is a natural fit.
The inherent problem with such a situation is that the fundamental dissonance between fantasy and reality causes the fantasy world to implode. This is because it must be fed by the labor of others and that is why the left has such a fascination with Marx, Lenin, and Mao. In a sense, these men created their meal tickets and provided them with a long term means of feeding their fantasies. But that is only half of the problem.
The other half is trying to get anything accomplished with these fools. Their fantasy does not allow for the introduction of reason or reality because these are intrusions that degrade their self imposed psychosis. This is why they will not acknowledge the truth, admit that they are wrong, or even work on social problems with a true intention of solving them. They believe that the poor can only be improved by making the rich poorer and using that wealth to improve the lives of the poor. Of course, this ignores the reality of some men having made poor decisions. Christ said that the poor you shall have with you always and I believe that he was being honest when he said that.
The left can be shocked out of its psychosis long enough to make decent decision if the shock is great enough. The last time that happened was September 11, 2001. They were wide awake for about two weeks and then slowly retreated back into their dream worlds. Even when the housing bubble burst and took down the commercial banking industry they did not return to reality. This is why bi-partisanship is a near impossibility.
This presents us with a difficult problem to solve. How do we accomplish anything with these people? The short answer is that you cannot. At least, not while they remain under the influence of their delusions. We have tried reason and it falls off of them like water down a duck's back. We have tried to bribe them with incentives and they take the advantages and return to their old ways. They care nothing for you or I or they would not have frozen out our representatives in Congress leaving us without a voice in our own government and forcing through legislation in secret in order to prevent our knowledge of their devious machinations.
There is only one way to beat them and that is to trip them up at every opportunity. If they make a claim, then demand objective proof. If they promote a policy then look for the unintended consequences and the costs and how these are going to be addressed. When government fails, look for the responsible legislator and hang him out to dry. Excoriate and ridicule their failures and those responsible for them. In other words, use Alinsky's rules for radicals against them so far as possible in order to retain your integrity.
It is a piss poor weapon that won't point both ways and it is high time that these folks got taste of their own poison. We won't convert them, but they are not the majority in the nation and the public does not know just how damaged these people are and how destructive to their personal liberty they have been. It is time to change that and to put the spotlight on the left and let them explain their own psychosis if they can.
** Please pray for Japan, there has been much suffering in that part of the world of late and Japan is the most recent victim of natural disaster. Keep a good thought for the folks of that part of the world.