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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The Ignorant Unvirtuous, the Purposely Unvirtuous and the Culture War

Just as traditional Americans thought that those who didn’t believe in the ultimate morality of right-and-wrong were either barbaric or evil, newthinkers think that those who don’t believe in the morality of political correctness are either ignorant or purposely unvirtuous.

The unconscious logic supporting this belief is as follows, 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.

 

Newthinkers group non-progressives into two types: the ignorant progressively unvirtuous and the purposely progressively unvirtuous. To newthinkers, the former are equivalent to barbarians and the latter are tantamount to evildoers. Because, to newthinkers, progressive virtue is supremely important, these unenlightened folk must be dealt with.

The unconscious logic branching out of this belief is:

• The ignorant progressively unvirtuous must be reeducated.
• The purposely progressively unvirtuous must be fought.

 

Progressive Missionaries (a character archetype discussed earlier) are similar to those Mona Charen calls “do-gooders.” Their mission is to spread progressivism through education and reeducation. They – mostly unconsciously – make progressive virtue a social reality by “doing good.” Youth are indoctrinated into the newthink worldview from the start. Those who are ignorant of but amenable to political correctness and progressive virtue are reeducated by Progressive Missionaries to incorporate them into progressive culture.

In traditional America, those who purposely ignored or clashed with Americanism’s morality were thought of as evil. Similarly, those who purposely clash with political correctness are considered wicked by devout newthinkers.

While Progressive Missionaries focus on those ignorant of progressive morality, Progressive Crusaders fight the purposely progressively unvirtuous in order to vanquish them and establish the supremacy of progressive culture.

Progressive Crusaders:
Newthinkers who actively seek battle with the purposely progressively unvirtuous so as to wrest power from them and create a virtuous future.

The “culture war” is aptly named. We are in the midst of a progressive mission and crusade – equivalent to those in pre-twentieth century Western civilization which shouldered what they called the “white man’s burden” to civilize the planet. They spread Christianity and Western civilization through reeducation and – when necessary – force of arms. Similarly, Progressive Missionaries are reeducating and Progressive Crusaders are proactively battling the progressively unvirtuous in order to spread newthink.

Progressive Missionaries are reeducating and Progressive Crusaders are proactively battling the progressively unvirtuous in order to spread newthink.

Progressives aggressively pursue the culture war; traditional Americans must therefore defend their culture on multiple fronts.

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