I have not been writing blogs or short essays on politics in America recently, because nearly anything that I can write or say is being said more intelligently by a number of others now, and especially by Professor Victor Davis Hanson. I highly recommend all the articles he is writing on what is taking place in our country. The one element I may be adding to his analysis is seeing what the “Progressives” and “Socialists” are doing in America as another case of a Gnostic mass movement, essentially similar to the Puritan Revolution, the French Revolution, Communism (in Russia, in China, and so on), and National Socialism (in Germany). Search online and you will find Professor Hanson’s analysis of our hard core left in America.
27 Feb 2020
To family and friends,
When I receive emails, especially from one of you, that keep repeating the ugly, hateful propaganda that I read about and hear daily from the mass media in our country, I respond. If you do not want any response, stop attacking Trump and those who are conservative. You can just say nothing, and do not call names, or attack political opponents.
I hear no similar talk from anyone else in my life—no one. People here are commonsensical and show little interest in national politics—and surely no interest in “changing the world.” What is true here in Montana is true of much of our country away from large cities, especially on the two coasts. Rather than promote all of this “social change,” we are content to live our lives in peace, to work, to recreate. Politics is not a high concern to most Montanans. Nor was it in South Dakota or Iowa. It is so refreshing to live among people who are not obsessed with hating political leaders and their supporters with whom they disagree.
At least since President Trump was elected, the left in America has undertaken a sustained character assassination not only of the President, but of his supporters. My goodness, one stupid woman even carried around the likeness of a severed head of Trump, and passed that off as comedy. It is sick and promotes hatred and violence. So do the “Antifa” attacks seen in cities such as Portland. Or the constant political nonsense from Democrats and the bureaucracy in DC. Consider that the leading elected Democrat in our country sat behind the President when he delivered his State of the Union a month or so ago and visibly tore up her official copy of the speech (intended to be placed in the public record). I’ll bet such open and wanton disrespect has never been done before in our history.
Leftists do not realize, or do not care, that they are destroying our country. The policies promoted or tolerated are destroying our traditional way of life. Leftists voice disdain, hatred, for what many of us hold dear. Talk about disrespect! What else is being spewed on MSNBC, CNN, ABC, etc, on a daily basis? And from self-important fools such as Schiff and Pelosi in Congress? What a disgrace to our nation the hard core left is. What I see in these actors is hatred, and under that, their will to power. Why hate Trump? Because he gained what the left most wants: not eternal life, not true happiness and peace, but political power to “transform the world,” or “save the planet,” using phrases from Obama.
From my studies of mass political movements since the late Middle Ages, I am increasingly convinced that the “Progressives” in America are a totalitarian mass movement. There is no essential difference between our hard-core leftists and the Communist movements in Russia that gained power, or the National Socialists in Germany, or the Castro revolution in Cuba. They also were motivated by claims to expert knowledge, to know what is best for humanity, a strong will to power to impose their “dreams” or “visions” or “plans” on everyone else, and their hatred and attempted annihilation of political opponents. Whatever stands in the way of these extreme ideologues is subject to constant attack, to “resistance,” to hatred.
What I am writing would be understood and appreciated by nearly everyone I know personally. We non-leftists see what is being done to our country. Trump has brought the activities and motivations to the surface, because he is the target of so much vituperation day after day. He has not “drained the swamp” (a phrase Pelosi used when she first became Speaker of the House years ago), but Trump has exposed the swamp.
What you may or may not realize is that the entire fabric of our country is being destroyed before our eyes. Under the name of “politics,” the “progressives” are effectively undermining not only our Constitution, but our Republic, our limited Government, the work of the Founders, and the entire basis of our American way of life. Marxists always loved “globalization,” and disrespected individual countries—until they gained power, and sought to “build Socialism in one country” (a phrase used by Soviet leaders, but it fits the Nazis and Castros as well). The demand for more “centralized political power,” to “fight climate change,” is another leftist ploy to advance their “vision.” These “dreams” in effect undermine and destroy the way of life of everyday citizens who want to mind their own business and live in a degree of freedom.
This is what I have been watching with disgust. The left is destroying our country. The best way to see their tricks is to hear the charges they level against their opponents. Everything the left does is smoked out by these charges. It is not the Trump administration that sought to destroy political opponents; it was the Obama administration and Democratic leaders, supported by their followers in government and the mass media. Want to see the tricks of the “progressive left”? Stand back and listen to the charges they level. It has been one huge smoke-screen to mask from the American people exactly what they have been doing. And why? To gain power to “transform the world” (again, Obama’s phrase, lifted from Marx).
It seems that many Democrats and Socialists and Progressives (using their own labels) do not see what is happening. Well, do you think that the Bolsheviks and National Socialists saw that they were destroying Russian or German society? Hardly. Or if it was seen, it was embraced: the traditional ways must be destroyed to pave the way for our “brave new world,” borrowing a phrase from Shakespeare’s Tempest. The ideologue does not accept reality as it is, but is hell-bent to force his or her “vision” of change on everyone else. That is the disease that is destroying our country. “Don’t tread on me” is being torn up by wealthy, powerful leftists in our country seeking to impose their will on everyone. Again, this is essentially the Gnostic enterprise that has caused major wars and social upheavals in our civilization since the late Middle Ages. It is not new. “Progressives” do not know, or want to know, just how similar they are to the self-styled “Puritans” who rocked and killed and destroyed in 17th century England, or the “Enlightened” ones who brought so much upheaval to France and Europe in the late 18th century. Or the Communists or National Socialists. Folks, "we’ve seen this movie before." But some refuse to admit that they are falling into this pattern of human destruction.
Wm. Paul McKane
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