The country wasn’t always this divided. Though political contention – fierce political contention – has been a part of our government from the very beginning, only recently has the difference between conservatism and liberalism become so stark.
Today’s liberals don’t just want bigger government. They want a version of the United States that would be utterly unrecognizable to Thomas Jefferson and the rest of the Founding Fathers. What’s worse is that the virus is spreading like wildfire. By using a variety of highly-effective tactics, liberals have been able to create a widely-disseminated philosophy that could mean the end of the U.S. as we know it.
The biggest reason liberalism has grown, spread, and strengthened is that nearly every mainstream outlet preaches its virtues. Whine as the left may about Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, and Fox News, these are only small pools of conservatism in a world dominated by liberalism. You can find liberalism in your newspaper, on your favorite TV shows, in your public schools, on the radio, and in your local cinema. The saturation is complete. That conservatism manages to survive at all is a testament to how strong the principles are.
The Feel Factor
Liberalism also enjoys another advantage over conservatism: it feels right. Few Americans want to be part of the group that looks at a homeless guy and says, “It’s your own fault, bum!” No one wants to be part of the war-mongers. What’s difficult to understand – given the onslaught of leftist media – is that liberal policies create these problems. Conservatism preaches self-reliance, small government, and national defense. When these values inform policy, you get a country that puts individual human rights above everything else. It’s not about being cold, harsh, racist, or mean. It’s about looking at what works and then doing that.
Liberals don’t really care whether something works or not. They simply want to feel good about the action they’ve taken. Since they are also big believers in moral relativism, what makes them feel good can change from time to time. This may be your personal philosophy, but as a way to run the government it falls short.
No Individual Responsibility
Finally, liberals have no respect for the individual. In their minds, people are just statistics to be filed, manipulated, and studied. When confronted with examples of minorities rising to the top of the game – President Obama being a prime example, but he’s only one of millions – they insist it proves nothing. A lucky horse escaped the barn, that’s all. That he succeeded at all is probably due to all of the programs liberals put in place years ago.
What is perhaps most infuriating about liberalism is that its most prominent adherents don’t really believe its tenets. Hollywood actors worked hard and overcame astronomical odds to get where they are. The same can be said for any top-level politician who wasn’t born in the Kennedy compound. These people understand that the key to success lies not in government grants, over-regulation of business, and hiring quotas but in the indomitable spirit of the human soul. Yet they preach exactly the opposite, insisting that any American who wasn’t born to privilege has virtually no chance of a satisfying life.
This message alone, repeated and believed enough times, is enough to destroy the country. Can the power of true conservatism save the U.S.? Time will tell.