Will Progressive Democrats Abandon Busybody Dream Of Perfecting Humanity?
“The political left has been trying to run other people’s lives for centuries”
Progressives have always been oddball, idealistic creatures who put more stock in their fantasy than in reality. They imagine a world peopled with people just like them (well, the idealized version of themselves), only fewer of them . . . because climate change.
They imagine a world in which they’ve eradicated perfectly normal and perfectly human thoughts, feelings, and actions. They imagine a world that is devoid of humor, free will, and individualism. They imagine a world replete with earthy-crunchy, socially-aware robo-clones shuffling along in their own self-satisfied image of perfected humanity. Not surprisingly, they are often disappointed.
Despite every regressive effort, Americans still value self-determination, family, God, country, and liberty (though not necessarily in that order). As disheartening as this simple fact is for the regressive elites who are chomping at the bit to rule our every thought, lifestyle choice, and utterance, at some point, they are going to have to “get” that Americans can agree with more of their policy positions than not and still vote for Republicans.
The reason is simple: Republicans gave up trying to impose their will on the minutiae of every American’s life, while the regressive left has grasped that mantle with both hands and is now using it to strangle voters who might otherwise support them.
In 2015, Thomas Sowell wrote an insightful piece entitled “The Busybody Left.” Sowell posited that the political left’s mission to control every single aspect of every American’s life was a key factor in their party’s failure (an electoral failure already historic in 2015.).
The political left has been trying to run other people’s lives for centuries. So we should not be surprised to see the Obama administration now trying to force neighborhoods across America to have the mix of people the government wants them to have.
There are not enough poor people living in middle class neighborhoods to suit the political left. Not enough blacks in white neighborhoods. Not enough Hispanics here, not enough Asians there.
Nowhere in the Constitution does it grant the federal government the power to dictate such things. But places that do not mix and match people the way Washington wants them to can lose all sorts of federal money they currently receive under numerous programs.
Handing out vast amounts of the taxpayers’ money is the way the federal government has expanded its power far beyond the powers granted by the Constitution — thereby limiting the freedom of indiv
. . . . Nevertheless the busybody left has launched a political crusade to make communities across America present a tableau that matches the preconceptions of their betters.
Nor are the true believers deterred by the failures and counterproductive consequences of their previous social crusades, such as busing children to distant schools to mix and match them with children from different racial, economic or social backgrounds.
. . . . Undaunted by reality, the left moved on to try something similar in the housing markets, by placing low-income housing projects in middle class neighborhoods and by giving housing subsidies to individual low-income families to go live in neighborhoods where they could not afford to live otherwise.
The counterproductive consequences of these efforts in the housing markets have only spurred on the busybodies of the left to try harder to force people to live their lives according to the preconceptions of the left, rather than according to their own direct personal experiences and preferences.
What has become abundantly clear since 2015 is that the “busybody left” is not content with its purely political and policy-driven mission and agenda. The political left has increasingly forced its way into every area of every American’s life and is using shame, ridicule, and a dozen other socio-cultural weapons in their attempt to cajole, nudge, and whip all Americans into toeing their favored line.
It’s not working. What one pundit at Business Insider calls the left’s “hamburger problem” will continue to alienate voters who might otherwise agree with Democrats on a host of issues.
Suppose you’re a middle-income man with a full-time job, a wife who also works outside the home, and some children. Suppose it’s a Sunday in the early fall, and your plan for today is to relax, have a burger, and watch a football game.
Conservatives will say, “Go ahead, that sounds like a nice Sunday.” (In the Trump era, they’re not going to bother you about not going to church.) But you may find that liberals have a few points of concern they want to raise about what you mistakenly thought was your fundamentally nonpolitical plan for the day.
Liberals want you to know that you should eat less meat so as to contribute less to global warming. They’re concerned that your diet is too high in sodium and saturated fat. They’re upset that the beef in your hamburger was factory-farmed.
They think the name of your favorite football team is racist. Or even if you hate the Washington Redskins, they have a long list of other reasons that football is problematic.
The “hamburger problem” picks up on Sowell’s “busybody left,” referring to the regressive left’s insistence on imposing its values and mores on Americans who, surprise!, already have their own values and mores.
The “hamburger problem” illustrates quite well why Democrats have suffered such historic losses; they are so focused on socio-cultural issues such as what Americans do in their leisure time (grass-fed, free-range, tofu-based hamburger-like patty, anyone?) that they seem to have lost sight of any meaningful political agenda.
Americans care more about jobs, the economy, and national security than we care about who won’t make what wedding cake. This infuriates the left who think that wedding cake is THE pivotal and socio-cultural defining moment of their movement . . . until some guy hangs a Confederate flag on his own property or that other guy says he likes Chick-fil-A.
Part of their political agenda has always been social (“social justice” anyone?) , but it may be time for Democrats to start rethinking their bullying and shaming of anyone who doesn’t leap on the regressive bandwagon (and that everyone includes Joe Average who dared admit he voted for Trump and has a gun permit . . . but voted for Obama. Twice.) .
The regressives’ relentless moralizing and imposition into every aspect of our lives doesn’t begin or end with hamburgers, of course. They want everyone to be just like them, no divergent thought allowed.
Business Insider continues:
Beyond what you’re doing this weekend, this movement has a long list of moral judgments about your ongoing personal behavior.
The SUV you bought because it was easier to install car seats in doesn’t get good enough gas mileage. Why don’t you have an electric car?
The gender-reveal party you held for your most recent child inaccurately conflated gender with biological sex. (“Cutting into a pink or blue cake seems innocent enough — but honestly, it’s not,” Marie Claire warned earlier this month.)
You don’t ride the subway because you have that gas-guzzling car, but if you did, the way you would sit on it would be sexist.
No item in your life is too big or too small for this variety of liberal busybodying. On the one hand, the viral video you found amusing was actually a manifestation of the patriarchy. On the other hand, you actually have an irresponsibly large number of carbon-emitting children.
All this scolding — this messaging that you should feel guilty about aspects of your life that you didn’t think were anyone else’s business — leads to a weird outcome when you go to vote in November.
While this explanation is a bit pat in that to regressives everything really is political, including how you spend your Sunday afternoon, it’s illustrative of a key failing that Democrats won’t be able to fix any time soon. They simply don’t understand how Americans can weigh the regressive left’s totalitarian octopus reach into every single one of our personal choices against their “free” everything for everyone policy agenda . . . and then vote Republican.
Hint: Democrats want to monitor everything I say, think, eat, drink, and do. Heck, they want to control my thoughts about things I’ve never even thought about (and frankly, could care less about). Republicans do not. Middle America’s vote is a no-brainer that starts with “get the heck out of my refrigerator, church, car, home, school lunches, and on and on. . . . . ”
Hillary Clinton smugly declared that “half” of Trump supporters belong in a “basket of deplorables,” and the left cheered. Of course, they bobble-head nodded, those people are all deplorable. They eat meat, they exhale, they drive gas-guzzling trucks, they drink sugary sodas, they think grown men shouldn’t be allowed in bathrooms with little girls, they probably even pass gas whenever the mood strikes them! Neanderthals! And they do it all without shame! What can be worse than that?
As Democrats become more and more judgmental, strident, intolerant, divisive, and downright rude about forcing their beliefs on issues Americans take to be a given area of their individual liberty, regressives lose support, they lose votes, they lose seats from the county to the federal level. And if they keep it up, they will soon start losing the cultural war they’ve long dominated.
Americans are simply fed up; it’s exhausting to remember all the regressive “rules” and to memorize the correct thoughts to be called up and regurgitated on cue. Most people don’t bother; okay, I don’t bother, but anecdotally, I would contend that a strong majority of Trump voters don’t bother anymore, either. Race card? Expired. Gender card? Boring. Ism or -phobic accusation? Shrug. Yawn. Or really, either a shrug or a yawn, no need to waste even minor physical movement on something so incredibly insignificant as the ten billionth pearl-clutching shriek of some newly-imagined -ism.
Typically, conservatives and other “deplorables” don’t like to make a fuss; we hear you, we absorb what you’re saying, and then we will reject it, accept it, or give it more thought. We don’t feel the need to announce our every thought to the world. The regressive left—who truly believe their every random thought is worth sharing with the world—thinks this isn’t enough.
In fact, nothing less than adopting—wholesale and enthusiastically—their entire worldview is acceptable. Being tolerant of gay people isn’t enough, you have to march in the gay pride parade waving a rainbow flag. Being tolerant of Roe v. Wade as the current law of the land isn’t enough, you have to fund the abortion mill and baby parts factory Planned Parenthood with your taxpayer dollars. And you have to do these things with joy in your heart because the regressive left will be showing up at your door with a joy-in-your-heart meter any day now.
Until Democrats get off their high horse and stop trying to bully and shame people into being and thinking like their radical base, they won’t see any change in terms of their political power.
The left, then, has not only lost significant political power (measurable in over a thousand lost federal and state seats), but it is fast losing its most potent weapon in the culture war to date: the sway of its insistence that we all think, act, and do as the regressive elites do . . . or be tossed aside and left behind as demonized outcasts.
The “demonized outcasts” outnumber the smug elites and are starting to push back, causing a socio-cultural shift that cannot be ignored. Because Democrats have worked so hard to ensure that everything is political, this does not bode well for their political fortunes.
Democrat overreach on cultural and social issues to the detriment of things that actually matter to people who have to work for a living and who live paycheck-to-paycheck has garnered Democrats their historic losses, and there is no sign that they get this at all.
If the left insists on marching along its busybodying social justice trail, they have no hope, none, of ever winning back even that coveted dog-catcher seat in District 2, Deplorables County, USA.
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They can’t run their own lives, but they want to run ours.
No way. As mxine waters would say, “Not no more!”
Progressives can’t handle “real life.”
So they insist on dictating others’ lives instead.
Progressives-Leftists-Democrats don’t work with human nature, because they can’t admit what their won human nature is – and it
They can’t? A bit of a generalization – dontcha think?
That explains why the great centers of learning, medicine, culture and finance in this country are mainly located in blue states. Texas is the exception that proves the rule – although Huston and Dallas are getting kinda blue.
If you want to determine where the places that made America great are, look for the places where you don’t have to knock bull sheet off of your boots before coming into your home. Maybe you just leave it on and take a bath Saturday nights.
At least the red states are smart enough to know how the electoral college works. 😉
You aren’t so much making a point, as gloating; because if you ever lose an advantage that has its roots in slavery, you are finished.
Believe me, the blue states know how the Electoral College works and how the Senate works. It would be hard to ignore that the sheet kickers of Wyoming get the same number of Senators as California.
But if the only way to retain power is by being ruthless and situational, don’t be surprised if the majority takes it away from you with similar tactics. You sound like 2008 never happened. It can and will happen again. In fact, demographics just about guarantee it. I just hope we are still a great country after the ignorant Trump is done trying to dismantling it.
We survived Tyrant Obama the Liar’s malignant reign of lies, anti-Americanism and incompetence. He was dedicated to the destruction of our country which he called fundamental change. The rise of progressive fascism is due to LBJ’s Vietnam war which alienated a whole generation. Hopefully this fascist movement will be killed off by Trump’s success in Making America Great Again..
And ConradCA, don’t forget LBJ’s “Great Society”…….
“They can’t? A bit of a generalization – dontcha think?…”
No. It’s a dead-on accurate statement.
As for your “great centers of learning, medicine, culture and finance,” they exist DESPITE the left. But at the rate they are being destroyed by the left, they’ll soon be as useless as big-city public schools.
“If you want to determine where the places that made America great are, look for the places where you don’t have to knock bull sheet off of your boots before coming into your home. Maybe you just leave it on and take a bath Saturday nights.”
— A bit of a generalization – dontcha think?
So all you have is a prediction. Soon? How soon? Sooner then conservative bs collapses from its own weight? Sooner than Trump screws the pooch? Predict away. Meanwhile the greatest minds and the most powerful corporations keep moving to the cities.
Predict away – sort of like the 2nd coming. When exactly is that happening? People have been predicting that for 2000 years
Yes, Trump is screwing the pooch: obama’s.
And the second time he does it, it will be the second coming.
That’s the truth!
Just like that fraud called “peer review” in science which the psychopaths are not forcing on schools and colleges in this country.
Peer review: a flawed process at the heart of science and journals
Everyone is probably familiar with this, but if not.
C S Lewis: “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”
Just compare robber baron Andrew Carnegie with tyrant Joseph Stalin.
Saw this in the Business Insider link and while the writer is right on some of the stuff, he still has some stupid. I separated out the stupid below.
Most Americans favor legalizing marijuana and
“oppose requiring transgender people to use bathrooms that match their sex at birth.”
Yeah, the left hasn’t caught on that most people lie about this stuff these days. It’s just easier to trot out the “expected” answer and move on than bother with the crap storm of not toeing the leftist line.
You said it Fuzzy!
“They don’t have a RIGHT to know what I’m thinking”
is what I often remind myself about.
Well then it’s a good thing that nobody’s proposing such a requirement. NC’s famous law required people in government-owned buildings to use the bathrooms assigned to their current sex, not to the one they had at birth. People who legally transitioned, and therefore had their birth certificates changed, would use the bathrooms for their new sex; those who were merely pretending would have to use the ones for their legal sex. And of course on private property the rules would be whatever the owner said.
Ultimately to fully accept diversity and inclusiveness requires that you … Embrace The Horror
Yes, the horror of slavery that brought diversity to this country – and the horror of stealing the land of the people who already lived here.
It is truly ironic that we fought a war to take territories from Mexico and no all those damn Mexicans are back!
I will spare you the Chinese, Japanese and the Jews.
Do you think any of the aforementioned helped make America Great.
One last thought. J. Edgar Hoover wanted to keep Albert Einstein out of this country. Brilliant man – J. Edgar
The US took no territory from Mexico. It paid $15 million for it.
The war was just a sporting contest?
It is just a coincidence that Mexico lost the war before deciding to sell?
Your gross ignorance of…or willingness to ignore…history is screwing your arguments to the wall.
Mexicans have always been part of the fabric of the Western U.S., and were fighting right alongside of Americans/Texans/Californios. They never “left”. And we’re proud of that. We conservatives love people.
What we don’t love is uncontrolled migration of any group, from anywhere. We’d oppose tides of Russians, Irish, or Icelanders (admittedly a small tide) coming here pel-mel.
Then move back to wherever you ancestors came from. I am sure the native Americans won’t miss you.
My ancestors would be sorely missed by Native Americans.
Just how stupid are you willing to get on this line of “thinking”?
Who are you, rachel maddow?
Perhaps Barry – he’s got nothing to do these days.
Blacks were slaves because slavery was endemic to Africa and their owners sold their slaves to their owners.
And their original owners and the original slavers where muslims history tells us.
your confusing I-Slam, which the ‘left’ loves and reveres with patriotic Americans.
the ‘left’ and JINOs (but then I repeat myself) have a death wish and do thank G-D do not reproduce themselves.
why do Homosexuals (they are very rarely gay or happy people) desire to have children?
Yep, just put up a straw man and knock it down. Feel better now?
Besides some conservatives have their own plan for perfecting the human race. Just follow Jesus and the Bible …………
Versus stalin, al gore, hillary clinton, barry obama, etc?
Yikes, are you an amateur.
“Republicans gave up trying to impose their will on the minutiae of every American’s life.”
Actual conservatives never had that particular “will”, and abhor it if ever it occurs to them to play that game.
Conservatives are the opposite of utopians. We know that no such state can occur WRT human nature. And human nature is a constant. One of the best-demonstrated in the universe of constants.
Perfection through artificial selection, and anthropogenic discrimination, including: elective wars/social justice adventures, [class] diversity/racism/female chauvinism/”=”, selective child/abortion rites, female womb banks and male sperm depositors to normalize the transgender spectrum, etc. Progress, unqualified.
The main thing that has to be remembered, about Progressive Movement, is that it was co-opted and is still controlled by wealthy persons, mostly outside of the industrial sector. Its based upon the redistribution of the wealth of the classes, below that of the wealthy elitists, to eliminate upward mobility. The Progressive leadership has no desire for the “masses” be anything like them
The lower classes have, largely, embraced upward mobility within society. Prior to the early 1900s, our society encouraged people to attempt to increase their fortunes. We even embraced the saying that anyone can become President; meaning that anyone in our society can achieve power, wealth and greatness. In the mid-1800, Progressiveism was supposedly aimed at addressing the inequities suffered by some portions of our society. This was largely accomplished by government action which restricted the opportunities of certain groups in the name of enhancing the opportunities of others. As the movement progressed into the 1900s, the rich investor class saw it as a means to slow or eliminate the upward rise of the working class. And, the intellectual class, which has always relied upon the patronage of the wealthy classes, jumped on the band wagon. It is interesting to note that the Progressive leadership has been enamored and supportive of socialist models, such as communism. These socialist societies have proven to be the most unequal and stagnant in history. And, those at the top face little of no challenge from the lower classes.
Progressives do not want the rest of society to be like them. They want a stagnant, docile society to serve their whims.
a chicken in every pot —
pot in every chicken 😉
time to STOP feeding the Troll ->YellowSnake
They can’t (won’t) stop…it pays too well.
The Leftists, now want to change the definitions of words, to further their attempts to confuse us and lie easier to we ” Common Sense,” people. We don’t want to control others, We endorse FREEDOM, that goes for thinking & habits. We are called ” People of the Right,” for a reason. We think that all people have the RIGHT to feel & act as they please, not some utopian model that a ” Group,” sets.