The Permanent Progressive War Against “Evil Conservatives”

Devout progressives believe, in the context of political correctness, that those who are progressively unvirtuous on purpose are evil. As former Democratic party chairman Howard Dean said, “In contradistinction to the Republicans, we don’t think kids ought to go to bed hungry at night.”*

While the term “evil conservative” is employed here merely to highlight how devout newthinkers view the purposely progressively unvirtuous, it is actually used by some progressives. Urbandictionary.com even offers a definition: “The Evil conservative is an exceedingly wicked person who gains in his or her personal career by advancing injustice and cruelty to a marginalized segment of society. These people are exceedingly cruel and heartless…”**

“Evil conservatives” are to newthinkers what evildoers were to traditional Americans. Just as traditional Americans believed that evildoers must be fought, so do progressives believe that “evil conservatives” must be fought.

The unconscious logic supporting this belief goes like this, starting from the “Human beings are inherently and transcendentally noble” branch of the newthink worldview tree:
• Human beings are inherently and transcendentally noble.
• Our motives are inherently noble.
• We are progressively virtuous.
• Progressive virtue is supremely important.
• Those who do not agree with us – the progressively unvirtuous – are either ignorant or purposely unvirtuous.
• The purposely progressively unvirtuous must be fought.
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The unconscious logic branching out of this belief is:
• The purposely progressively unvirtuous are malevolent and are our only real enemy.
• It is our mission to prevent the purposely progressively unvirtuous from passing on their value system to the youth.
• It is our mission to undermine the purposely progressively unvirtuous’ value system through the media.
• It is our mission to marginalize religion, which helps pass down traditional values, by removing God from the public square.

 

Progressive Crusaders proactively battle those who purposely oppose any part of progressive culture. Preventing “evil conservatives” from passing on their value system to the youth is a high priority. For instance, the movement to use school vouchers to give parents school choice has been fought tooth and nail by progressives because it directly threatens their power domain and their influence on America’s youth. The progressive argument against vouchers is made by Danny Weil in his book School Vouchers and Privatization. He argues that the religious right attempts to influence public schools by removing books they find morally offensive, getting rid of sex education classes, preventing information about abortion or sexual orientation from being disseminated, and stopping evolution from being taught.*** Clearly, newthinkers see the fight against school choice as a cultural battle encompassing evolution, standards, sex education, abortion and sexual orientation. Progressive Crusaders want to control what children are taught on these subjects.

Another progressive battle is to marginalize religion, which helps pass down traditional values, by removing God from the public square. For instance, the Catholic church, one of America’s bastions of non-progressive culture, has endured attacks by Progressive Crusaders for decades. Philip Jenkins in his book, The New Anti-Catholicism, says that while anti-Catholicism used to spring mainly from right-wing xenophobia, it now emanates mainly from the left.**** Sinead O’Connor denounced Pope John Paul II on Saturday Night Live, tore up his photo, and told the audience to “fight the real enemy.”† Dramatist Tony Kushner wrote that, because of his silence on the murder of a young gay man, Matthew Shepard, “Pope John Paul II endorses murder.”†† And Methodist theologian Beverly Harrison called the Roman Catholic hierarchy “the pedophile capital of the world.”††† As newthink establishes itself, progressives increasingly focus on racial, gender and sexual identity politics. The Catholic church found itself defending traditional views on these subjects and thus became a target of Progressive Crusaders.

* Dennis Prager, “Understanding the Politics of the Left,” RealClearPolitics.com, July 21, 2009, http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2009/07/21/understanding_the_politics_of_the_left.html, accessed June 30, 2011.

** Urbandictionary.com, http://www.urbandictionary.com/ define.php?term=evil+conservative, June 30, 2011.

*** Danny Weil, School Vouchers and Privatization, (ABC-CLIO, 2002), p. 68.

**** Philip Jenkins, The New Anti-Catholicism, (Oxford University Press, 2004), p. 20.

† Ibid., p. 82.

†† Tony Kushner, “Matthew’s Passion,” The Nation, November 9, 1998.

††† James R. Edwards, “Natural Born Sinners,” Christianity Today, November 14, 1994.

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Designation Degradation

Recently “climate change” really did change — into a new progressive term: climate disruption. Remember back in the day when they used to call it global warming?

designation degradation n : the process by which progressive terms get discredited and replaced by new ones

Language is a prime arena of progressive deception. Progressives use words as if they were Kleenex, constantly discarding them and moving on to new ones. People may start seeing the inherent falsehood of a term, so “global warming” must be replaced with “climate change” or the latest iteration, “climate disruption.” Or the offensive nature of a progressive concept becomes clear, so “affirmative action” becomes “social justice.” Or a term may simply be sullied by being associated with progressive policies for too long; early 20th century progressives changed into “liberals” as their policies were discredited, then when the word’s associations had faded in the late 20th century, liberals went back to being “progressives.” It’s easy to predict that the word “progressive” will soon lose favor due to its association with progressives (or whatever they’ll be calling themselves next). The pattern of designation degradation is clear: as a term gets discredited, progressives simply make up a new one to take its place.

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Hollywood’s Crusade: Undermine Religion, Fight Capitalism and Defame America While Coarsening the Culture and Promoting Violent Nihilism – Profitability is Optional

The entertainment industry – movies, music and television – is also used to spread newthink’s values and principles. Volumes could be written on this subject, but Hollywood’s bias toward cultural coarsening, anti-religion, anti-capitalism and anti-Americanism, and its addiction to violent nihilism, must be touched on.

The argument that popular music has become gutterized barely needs to be made, it’s so obvious. The music industry sells promiscuity as much as music. The road from the Beach Boys singing “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” to Guns n’ Roses singing about panties around knees to the unquotable hip-hop lyrics of today is a long, strange trip indeed. Progressive musicians, who believe that privacy and modesty are unnatural anyway, have it all: they can tick off their parents, get the girl(s), and go for fame and fortune all in one fell swoop.

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In its early days, the American movie industry celebrated the major religions. Its annual top box office hit – Samson and Delilah, David and Bathsehba, The Robe, The Ten Commandments, and Ben Hur – was often based on the Bible.* The movies of that time, starring Bing Crosby, Pat O’Brien, Spencer Tracey and others were highly sympathetic to clergymen. But since the 1970s, Hollywood’s anti-religious bias has resulted in films too numerous to mention bashing Catholicism (Monsignor, The Godfather, Part III), Protestantism (Children of the Corn, The Handmaid’s Tale) and Judaism (Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Sex (But Were Afraid to Ask), Naked Tango). Most of Hollywood’s anti-religious films failed at the box office. As Michael Medved says in his book Hollywood vs. America, Hollywood’s apologists often argue that they are only creating these anti-religious films to give the American public what it wants. But this contention falls apart in the face of the financial Armageddon these flops have created for their backers. Yet still they are made. The hostility toward organized religion among Hollywood’s movers and shakers is so powerful that they must express it, even if it costs them millions.** Progressive Hollywood’s anger toward an absent God and contempt for organized religion, a pillar of traditional America, overcomes even their eye for profit.

Most of Hollywood’s anti-religious films failed at the box office… Yet still they are made.

Despite a Los Angeles entertainment culture of big-money deals and conspicuous opulence, Hollywood loves to bash business. A common theme in television has been corruption vs. honesty in business: 81% of the scripts dealing with this treated business as corrupt.*** Sleazy criminal-capitalists appear on screen ever more frequently: only 11% of feature films depicted businessmen negatively from 1945 to 1965, but in the two following decades, the rate zoomed to 67%.****

Hollywood’s anti-American public opinion management extends to a rewrite of the popular conception of American history. This is important, since many more Americans watch Hollywood movies than read history books. As Michael Medved says, Hollywood history nearly always indicts America, from our treatment of Native Americans (Dances with Wolves), our involvement in Latin America (Salvador), to the McCarthy era (The House on Carroll Street).†

The entertainment industry seems to be addicted to the depiction of violence. Prime-time television is much more violent than real life. The murder rate among television characters since 1955 is 1,000 times higher than among real-world victims.††  Hollywood’s newthink artists derive a great thrill from exploring violence and nihilism because they can jab their finger in the eye of traditional America and the Christian and Jewish heritages they’ve rejected. They can simultaneously be acclaimed by their peers as courageous, creative and edgy for work which is in reality easy-moneyed, predictable and sheep-like. Hollywood’s nihilism is essentially an angry gesture to their perception of God the absent father accompanied by an ego boost, a paycheck and a career enhancement.

The entertainment industry, as well as the educational system and the news media, reeducate the ignorant progressively unvirtuous in newthink beliefs, attitudes and conventions. Newthinkers view these benighted people just as members of western civilization viewed those from uncivilized cultures. Like many westerners of the 18th and 19th centuries, newthinkers possess a missionary zeal and an unquestioning certainty that their morality and virtue assignment are superior to that of any other culture.

Hollywood rejects traditional America — even more than profit or entertainment, that is its highest purpose.

In light of this, it’s clear that progressives don’t really believe in multiculturalism except in its superficial aspects or as a stratagem to undermine traditional culture. No foreign worldview is allowed to enter and threaten the heart and mind of newthink. Only trivial aspects of non-progressive cultures are tolerated in progressive culture, and they are remade to fit the progressive mold. All other cultures’ moralities, including traditional America’s, are rejected and replaced with political correctness and progressive virtue.  Hollywood rejects traditional America — even more than profit or entertainment, that is its highest purpose.

* Michael Medved, Hollywood vs. America, (HarperPerennial, 1993), pp. 50-51.
** Ibid., pp. 63-64.
*** S. Robert Lichter, Linda Lichter and Stanley Rothman, Watching America, (Prentice Hall Press, 1991), p. 146.
**** Michael Medved, Hollywood vs. America, (HarperPerennial, 1993), p. 222.
† Ibid., p. 225.
†† S. Robert Lichter, Linda Lichter and Stanley Rothman, Watching America, (Prentice Hall Press, 1991), p. 185.

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