He said, “Go and tell this people: “‘Be ever hearing, but never understanding; be ever seeing, but never perceiving.’ Make the heart of this people calloused; make their ears dull and close their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed.” — Isaiah 6:9-10
I spotted a liberal op-ed that basically tells us that the tragedy otherwise known as progressive liberalism is as old as the 18th century and quite likely as old as time.
The article is about the “intellectuals'” disappointment with and in Barack Obama. It begins:
When Barack Obama ran for president in 2008, intellectuals everywhere hailed him as one of their own. So closely was he identified with this elite that many Democrats worried, and Republicans hoped, that voters would reject him: As Richard Hofstadter noted long ago, a strong current of anti-intellectualism has long coursed through American history.
But his pointy head in no way proved an insurmountable obstacle in 2008. Maybe because it wasn’t all that inclined toward pointiness to begin with.
Since he was first elected, Obama has distanced himself from progressive intellectuals. You can expect to hear a few of them sadly critiquing his penultimate State of the Union speech this week.
Translation: We’re completely responsible for campaigning for this pathetic turd and getting him elected and getting his policies passed. But you can’t blame us. Because if he’d just been even more “liberal” than this leftist turd turned out to be, everything would have worked out wonderful.
Mind you, Obama didn’t actually present himself as a far leftist; he presented himself as someone who would “transcend the starkly red-and-blue politics of the last 15 years, end the partisan and ideological wars and build a new governing majority.” Which is another way of saying Obama lied and the “intellectuals” wish he’d been an even BIGGER liar than he turned out to be and do even MORE to tear the fabric of this nation apart by waging an even more vicious political war against the right than he has. But “honesty” is no more a virtue of “intellectuals” than objectivity or common sense for that matter.
I won’t bore you with the whole boring piece (you can read it yourself if you’d like by clicking the link); but here is the portion that caught my eye:
In early 1765, Diderot was desperate. Thanks to his herculean efforts as editor of the Encyclopédie, the 17th and final volume of this monument to the Enlightenment was then rolling off the press. Yet the celebrated thinker was in serious financial straits. When Catherine learned of the situation, she made Diderot an offer he couldn’t refuse. She would purchase his personal library of 3,000 books and manuscripts for the then-vast sum of 50,000 livres. Not only would Diderot be allowed to keep his books until his death, but he would also be paid a yearly salary as the collection’s librarian.
The magnanimity of Catherine’s deal struck the imagination of intellectuals across Europe, who believed that true and lasting social reform could be made only from above. Since the great mass of people was mired in superstition and ignorance, enlightened decrees, not popular democracy, was called for. With Voltaire in the lead, the great minds of the age invested their hopes in well-intentioned kings and queens and saw themselves as qualified investment advisors.
Few intellectual ventures seemed as promising as Russia. Catherine had ascended to the throne in 1762 — in a coup d’etat and over the body of her husband, Peter III — determined to haul her vast country from its primitive conditions via Enlightenment ideals. She wrote the Nakaz, or Instruction, translating Montesquieu’s case for a rational and humane legal system into Russian. Her early enthusiasm for such progressive ideas, though sincere, would prove unequal to the challenges presented by her empire.
Okay, so let’s see: the “intellectuals” had an a priori rejection of God, the Bible and anything whatsoever to do with the supernatural. Anybody who believed otherwise didn’t get to join the “intellectual club.” They might claim otherwise, but they LOVE their dictators and tyrants because they keep rubbing their own faces into the fecal matter of totalitarianism, which is why they always HAVE loved Russia and totalitarianism and communism and socialism and every form of government control. In their utter rejection of God, SOMETHING has to take God’s place – and so they worship government with a big ‘G’ and worship the power of the human State and its ability to control and dictate and bypass the democracy the despise and always have despised. Oh, they’ll cynically use “democracy” long enough to garner the power to bypass the will of the people so they can impose their agenda with the raw force of totalitarianism and sweeping executive orders.
I mean, when Obama said –
You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton administration, and the Bush administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not.
And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.
– He wasn’t saying anything that hadn’t been said by his sort many times before. The stupid unwashed masses. One of the great books about wisdom in the Bible states that there is nothing new under the sun and that what has been will be again and what was done will be done again. And so we have the same moral idiocy we’ve had before because we keep turning to the same sort of fools and the same sort of fool ideas that have failed us before when they weren’t killing us by the millions before.
I mean, listen to liberalism in the words of the LA Times piece that describes the same sort of thinking we see today only near three hundred damn years ago: “the great mass of people was mired in superstition and ignorance”…. “true and lasting social reform could be made only from above”… “enlightened decrees, not popular democracy, was called for.” And so with the famous atheist Voltaire in the lead, the left charged into Stalinism and has been full-throttle Stalinist ever since.
Leftist “intellectuals” have a pathological naked contempt of the people, whom they see and always have seen as inferior and beneath them. And so they can lie to the people without shame because the people are stupid sheep and what does it matter if you lie to a farm animal as long as you get the farm animal to do what you want it to do and what you’ve convinced yourself is in the best interest of the farm animal to do. So the left has its Grubers and yeah, got its Obama’s who with a straight face has claimed he issued far fewer executive orders than any other president when in fact he was issuing MASSIVELY SWEEPING executive orders by another name (executive memoranda).
It’s who these people are.
Before I keep going with this, let me begin with another quote about the nature of intellectuals:
“George Orwell said that some ideas are so foolish that only an intellectual could believe them, for no ordinary man could be such a fool. The record of twentieth century intellectuals was especially appalling in this regard. Scarcely a mass-murdering dictator of the twentieth century was without his intellectual supporters, not simply in his own country, but also in foreign democracies, where people were free to say whatever they wished. Lenin, Stalin, Mao and Hitler all had their admirers, defenders, and apologists among the intelligentsia in Western democratic nations, despite the fact that these dictators ended up killing people of their own country on a scale unprecedented even by despotic regimes that preceded them” – Thomas Sowell, Intellectuals and Society, p. 2.
That’s right, folks. The “intellectuals” from the left have ALWAYS loved Russia and Russia has ALWAYS been near and dear to their hearts. They loved Hitler and his Nazi fascism, too. They choose the most wicked side in every argument.
“Intellectual” is another word for “fool.” This is a fact that is stated in the Bible:
Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools… Romans 1:22
And we’re warned about these fools and their fool ideas:
Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ. — Colossians 2:8
Three of the greatest scientists who ever lived were Sir Francis Bacon, the discoverer of the scientific method and founder of modern science, Sir Isaac Newton, whose physics transformed science and Blaise Pascal, the great mathematician and inventor of the first practical computer. The man who discovered modern science by devising the scientific method rather than relying upon speculation and opinion wrote:
“There was never law, or sect, or opinion did so much magnify goodness, as the Christian religion doth.”
It is true, that a little philosophy inclineth man’s mind to atheism; but depth in philosophy brings about man’s mind to religion: for while the mind of man looketh upon second causes scattered, it may sometimes rest in them, and go no further; but when it beholdeth the chain of them confederate and linked together, it must needs fly to Providence and Deity. — Sir Francis Bacon
“They that deny a God destroy man’s nobility; for certainly man is of kin to the beasts in his body; and, if he be not of kin to God by his spirit, he is a base and ignoble creature.” — Sir Francis Bacon
Sir Isaac Newton has widely been called the greatest scientist who ever lived. Albert Einstein credited Newton with his own work and claimed he’d stood on the backs of giants. He wrote more about Christian theology than he did about science.
And Blaise Pascal – and please think about this while you’re playing games on your smart phone – wrote:
There is a God shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus. — Blaise Pascal
Pascal was pointing out something Bacon clearly understood that the left has tried to pervert ever since. It comes from Ecclesiastes 3:11 that God set eternity in the human heart. It comes from Genesis 1:27 that humans were created in God’s image as His image bearers. And the next verse describes God as having given man sovereignty over the world He created for humankind. Which is why great scientist Johannes Kepler described science as “thinking God’s thoughts after Him.”
G.K. Chesterton put it even better in terms of my point when he wrote:
“For when we cease to worship God, we do not worship nothing, we worship anything.”
In rejecting God as their source for a worldview and for ideas, they believe in utter foolishness. It may be high-sounding foolishness, but it is all the more foolish to be expressed in lofty words. The left fills their minds with foolishness. And that is why their ideas don’t work.
Leftist intellectuals are pure fools whose ideas have no contact with reality. They have absolutely no understanding whatsoever how power works or how government truly functions or how to achieve peace or how to do anything that is truly meaningful or significant. All they can do is mock and then mimic and then point fingers for their failures to try to blame others for their failures.
And a leftist like Obama has two choices: he can either reject the foolish and failed liberalism and try a different approach, which the leftist intellectuals claim he is at least partly doing. Or he can keep trying to apply liberalism and keep failing, as he is very clearly also doing.
Obama is a joke. And it would have been a funny joke if he had afflicted another country that wasn’t urgently needed in this time as the leader of the free world. But here he is, plaguing this formerly great nation. And so the joke is on America and it is on the whole human race.
Barack Obama has failed America and he has failed the world. No one on earth is more responsible for the vicious wave or resurgent Islamic terrorism than Barack Hussein Obama who STILL insanely continues to reject the notion that he is in a war or that the war is against Islamic terrorism. No one did more to underestimate the threat of terror and falsely and stupidly claim he had defeated it than Obama, no one did more to gut the resources needed to defeat Islamic terrorism while that threat metastasized into a deadly cancer all around him while he selfishly focused on his own personal politics.
And Obama failed America. He keeps trying to play class warfare when HE is the man who widened the gap between the richest and the poorest beyond any human being who ever lived. He dishonestly talks about his policies being exactly what the middle class needs when it was HIS policies that have crushed the middle class more than ANYONE’S in history. Which is why all the day back in August of last year conservative writers RIGHTLY predicted the outcome of November’s election in which Republicans massively kicked Democrat and Obama ass and pointing out it was Obama’s war on the middle class come boomeranging back at his face. That writer who predicted the result of the election called it “The Murder of the Middle Class.” By the man who is now about to give a dishonest State of the Union speech claiming once again he is the savior of the very thing he is in fact murdering.
Obama has spent more money on government than any human being in all of human history. And he is about to have spent more than every American president in all of human history combined from George Washington to George W. Bush. And his policies have failed unless it was his goal to weaken America abroad and to weaken every American except the very wealthiest. As even the LEFT that backed Obama is now pointing out.
And Barack Obama – without any question unless you ask the fool “intellectuals” – has done more to destroy democracy and more to destroy the American Constitution than any president who ever lived. Because he is now the same totalitarian that the left has ALWAYS ended up worshiping whether some of them came to rue the object of their worship or not.
Pretty soon, because of Obama’s spectacular failure, the world will accept the coming Antichrist and worship him as their savior and take his mark of big-socialist-government domination on their right hands or on their foreheads. And Barack Hussein Obama will have been the Antichrist’s Most Useful Idiot.
And don’t think for one second that the same intellectuals who couldn’t wait to support Stalin before they couldn’t wait to support Hitler before they couldn’t wait to support murderous communist dictator Chairman Mao before they couldn’t wait to support Obama won’t rush to support the Antichrist, too.