flash of insight I described on Wednesday, which I could call an insight
into my spirituality, was accompanied by another perception that was more sociopolitical.
That was that "creativity" or creating one's own world, your own future,
is a fundamental tenet of the liberalism of our time, at least what could be called
the "fundamentalist" or "orthodox" far-left liberalism. Bill
Clinton, Jerry Brown, Jerry Springer, Alan Colmes and a few high-profile Democrats
oppose this leftwing "orthodoxy," in favor of bringing most Americans
into a middle ground ruled by compromise and accommodation. But Howard Dean, Ted
Kennedy, Robert B. Reich, Maureen Dowd and most of the ideologues at MoveOn.org,
the New York Times, Air America and other radical bastians, want all-out
culture war. When the candidate I saw in the video clip referred to changing the
world, though I don't consider myself any kind of psychic or prophet, I was struck
by the bone-deep conviction: "This is this woman's hope, her bedrock
certitude; her religion."
Simultaneously, I remembered
an earlier similar epiphany, all the way back to the late 1960s. Lyndon Johnson,
the President by way of a tragic coincidence, spoke on TV of education as the
nation's hope, its future. And I knew it as sure as I did my own hope: he was
confessing his faith, at least in the civil religion sense of the word; it was
the thing he pinned the nation's future and his own political future on, regardless
of how truly he believed in it as capable of delivering on all the pie-in-the-sky
promises he invested into it. I wasn't even 30 yet when that happened, more than
half of my lifetime ago. I wasn't capable then of processing it "on the fly,"
as I did this candidate's more recent "confession of faith." I wasn't
sure enough of myself for that. But I stored it in my grey matter and it came
back for reconsideration now.
Of course I could be wrong now
about some of the details or even about the conclusions, though the candidates'in
both the LBJ and the more recent casestheir own words were aimed at getting
an "amen" to their most basic convictions. But my immediate take was,
"how tragic." And, "no wonder they invest their whole lives promoting
the elusive dream of 'education' as though it can save our souls." And, "no
wonder they want no part of 'creationism' or 'intelligent design'much less
the Creator or the Intelligent Designeras to them those are fundamental
tenets of the competing, supernatural, religion that they don't even want to know.
They've chosen. This is their program, their hope, their church."
is why "change your world," "create your future," "never
stop pushing progressively on" even if "progressing" hasn't been
defined since Marx and Engels, remains their mantra. If the supernaturalists prevail,
liberals like these lose everything. To them, there's no happy middle ground where
all Americans can and should meet regularly. To them the middle ground is just
where they run to lob their next shots into the enemy camp.
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