Saturday, February 25, 2006

Dispatches from the Culture Wars

Richard Berry has an excellent essay on American Thinker called The 60/40 Nation. Here are some excerpts:

The Culture War raging among Americans has swamped and effectively subsumed the merely political elements of our national disagreements. Disagreements among the two American camps have become cultural and pointedly ideological precisely
because the American Left has, by its conduct and its rhetoric, insisted upon it. American liberalism, which began to be infected by radical Leftism in the 1960s, has now been largely taken over by that thoroughly alien ideology.

In allying with the post-modern Left, American liberalism has broken the national compact. It has stepped outside the 230 year stream of American consensus. It rails shrilly against the American creed, civic and spiritual. It unreasoningly indicts the phenomenally successful American economic system. It heaps scorn upon idealistic American purposes in the world and, indeed, actually impedes as best it can every exercise of American self-defense.

The American mainstream wants to preserve and protect America and take her triumphantly into the future. The liberal-Left wants to overthrow the historical and actually existing America and replace her with the sort of Euro-Lefty utopia presently self-destructing before our very eyes in Old Europe.

As you can see Mr. Berry's thesis is that the essential divide is not so much political as cultural. American society has reached the type of impasse not seen since the years leading up to the Civil War. I don't know if that is where we are heading now, but it becomes increasingly difficult not to think so.

I have simply become tired of living in the same country with these people, and I'm not about to leave. I have enough respect for the laws of God and man not to go out in the street and start shooting them down, but do they? Go and check out the left side of the blogosphere if you doubt that they hate us as much, or more, than we hate them. All you have to do is take a short wade through the sewer called The DailyKos to see a twisted carnival of psychotically deranged hate filled rhetorical vomit spewed all over your monitor. And this is the most popular blog on the 'net.

I don’t know where this is heading, but it can’t go on this way for too much longer. How do sane people continue to live in the same nation with people like the student body of the University of Washington whose student government just voted not to erect a memorial to Gregory Boyington, the WWII Marine fighter ace who won the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions in the Solomon Islands? The stated reason for the refusal. . . There were already too many monuments “celebrating war”, especially WWII the “most propagandized war in history”. It is, in their view, time to erect monuments which will show the “truth” about WWII.

To quote the great G. Gordon Liddy, “Lord help these ignorant, ungrateful students who don’t deserve to be protected by the United States Military”.