Devout progressives tend to believe that the purposely progressively unvirtuous (evil conservatives) are malevolent and are their only real enemy.
Since newthinkers perceive people as inherently noble, they love everyone – except those who disagree with them. Because they believe that if something feels good, it’s okay, they tolerate anything – except that which contradicts the beliefs of their worldview.
…just as something must fill the psychological vacuum created by the perceived absence of God, so must something fill that created by the absence of the devil. Like Goldstein, The Enemy of the People in Orwell’s 1984, the evil conservatives fill that void in the newthink psyche.
Newthinkers reject the traditional concept of evil, just as they reject traditional notions of good. Both God and Satan are absent from their universe metaphor. But just as something must fill the psychological vacuum created by the perceived absence of God, so must something fill that created by the absence of the devil. Like Goldstein, The Enemy of the People in Orwell’s 1984, the evil conservatives fill that void in the newthink psyche. They are the bad actors in the newthink stage play. Since they consciously and openly contradict newthink’s beliefs, they are perceived by Progressive Crusaders as their only real enemy.
Traditional right-and-wrong morality clashes with most of newthink morality. When the progressive elite – the Enlightened – encounter the purposely unPV, progressive rage is often the result.
progressive rage n : intense anger and indignation of the progressive elite against those who are purposely progressively unvirtuous
Ronald Reagan’s 1983 denunciation of the Soviet Union as an evil empire created much progressive rage among the Enlightened, who never objected to the Soviet’s regular use of much more extreme language. “It was the worst presidential speech in American history, and I’ve seen them all,” said historian Henry Steele Commager*; The New Republic said it left the impression that the U.S. was contemplating holy war; New York Times columnist Anthony Lewis called it primitive and outrageous.**
A more recent example of progressive rage is the reaction of the Enlightened to the introduction of Alaska governor Sarah Palin into the national limelight during the 2008 presidential campaign, in which she and her family were criticized and ridiculed in the crudest possible manner. The Reagan Derangement Syndrome became the Bush Derangement Syndrome which has, at the time of this writing, become the Palin Derangement Syndrome. Powerful people like these, who consciously oppose political correctness and progressive virtue, attract progressive rage like lightning rods in a thunderstorm.
* Steven F. Hayward, The Age of Reagan, (Three Rivers Press, 2009), p. 288.
** Ibid, p. 288.