I think most rational people watch the Biden administration and Democrats and think to themselves: “Can they not just leave us alone for one minute?” or “How can anyone be so stupid?” The answer to the first question is a simple “no.” However, the second question is much more complicated. It comes down to a question of the modus operandi of the administration. Maybe they aren’t failing; maybe they are doing exactly what they intend to.
Among conservative circles, I have personally heard Hanlon’s Razor (never attribute to malice what can adequately be explained by stupidity) posited as an explanation for Democrats’ pervasive failures. The main problem with this notion is that the Biden administration and Democrats don’t just seem to be wrong, they seem to be almost always wrong. They take the most incorrect, most indefensible stance on almost every issue. I am not a master of probability, but to be that wrong—in my estimation—requires mastery of the subject.
I have no first-hand knowledge of what goes on in the heads of D.C’s leftist bureaucrats. But I am firmly of the opinion that, when people do something detrimental repeatedly, they have an ulterior motive for doing so, which can be inferred from the outcome.
This begs the question: what motivates Democrats to destroy our country? I have a few ideas.
#1) The Sin of Lucifer – I mean this in a metaphorical sense. The sin of Lucifer was to aspire to the authority of God: to create and receive praise on equal terms. When this failed, he was overcome by hatred and malice. To retaliate, Lucifer set his heart upon destroying all that is good and true simply because it is good and true. He does not care that doing so destroys himself. His pride keeps him from ever admitting a fault exists within himself; he only ever doubles down.
This is seen in the “Critical Theories” which abound in today’s America. Pay attention and you will notice that critical theorists only ever talk of “deconstruction,” “abolition,” and “critique.” There is never talk of “creation,” “establishment,” or “improvement,” let alone introspection.
#2) Postmodernism – This flawed mode of thinking is similar to the Sin of Lucifer, but not quite the same. Postmodernism derives from the Continental School, the branch of philosophy that has dominated the European Continent for the past four-hundred years (in opposition to the Analytical School of England). It embraces the likes of Rousseau, Marx, Hegel, Foucault, and others who place their subjective interpretation of the world before observable reality. Like the Sin of Lucifer, Postmodernists only ever double down when proven wrong. They are not incorrect, it is the world which is wrong.
#3) The Ratchet Effect – Conservatives long ago figured out that almost all problems faced by the modern American cannot be solved by government programs because they were caused by government programs. The GOP, though, has failed to notice that, to bureaucrats, this is a feature, not a bug. Every failed government policy becomes a justification for a new government regulation, spending bill, program, or bureau.
#4) Disgust – Disgust is an extremely important evolutionary trait. It provides behavioral protection against parasites and pathogens. However, in civilized societies, it can be weaponized to turn brother against brother. Research suggests that disgust sensitivity is intimately related to support for authoritarianism. COVID is a great example of this. Your neighbor ceases to be a person, they are nothing more than a vector of disease that must be contained. Disgust is overwhelmingly obvious in Leftist rhetoric.
#5) Humiliation – Pervasive humiliation is an extremely powerful component of population control. Humiliation causes the gradual breakdown of confidence, which squelches the people’s moral strength and capability to resist.
The most potent form of humiliation is forcing people to say things that are patently absurd. The more that woke ideology scares Americans into submitting to absurdities, the more they lose confidence in themselves and the less they push back.
Perhaps the most obvious example of the absurdities being forced on Americans by rampant leftism is the assertion that “Trans women are women” and its related permutations. If you can be made to believe something that ridiculous, then you can be made to believe anything.
#6) Corruption – There has been considerable evidence of the Biden family’s corruption for quite some time. If this is the primary motive behind administration policy, then we are truly experiencing the “looter” mentality articulated in Atlas Shrugged.
#7) Treason – This one needs no explanation.
But what use is all this speculation if we Americans don’t stand up? And how can we stand up?
We can begin by protecting beauty, asserting the truth, refusing to be shamed, stonewalling those who would intentionally harm our nation for political gain, and hounding corrupt and traitorous individuals. Oh, and don’t be a coward. Everyone has something to lose.
*The views expressed in this article solely represent the views of the author, not the views of the Chicago Thinker.
I honestly can’t tell if this is a joke at this point. Your main argument is that Democrats are not simply wrong, but cartoonishly, one-dimensionally evil monsters whose sole purpose is to feed on happiness and kick puppies. Anyone with such a ridiculously juvenile understanding of politics has no business being a “senior analysis editor” for a political publication.
“Anyone with such a ridiculously juvenile understanding of politics has no business being a “senior analysis editor” for a political publication.”
An attempt at #’s 4 and or 5?
I usually don’t engage in trying to have actual political discussions with people who probably aren’t going to change their minds, but I have some free time so why not. Here’s my response: https://pastebin.com/syjJmH5C
If you look at the study linked in #4, you will find that it’s specifically linking “disgust mentality” with support for Donald Trump…
I generally view Democrats as problem children at best. Putting them in office is akin to leaving a maladapted seven-year-old in charge of a household’s financial, physical, and other well being. Not surprisingly, so-called “Blue Cities” and “Blue States” are poorly governed, ultimately driving a not insignificant number of their more valuable citizens elsewhere. Whether this behavior stems from peculiar rearing, lack of intelligence, or something nefarious is unclear. I appreciate Mr. Heck’s piece exploring the latter.
The words “cartoonish” and “one-dimensional” don’t even come into play. “Evil” is the ONLY word needed to describe the level of destruction that the Biden administration has wrought upon America — and it is a level of evil that goes far beyond your “ridiculously juvenile” and sarcastic examples of “feeding on happiness” and “kicking puppies.” Those that set about to destroy this nation’s foundations and principles are, in fact, maniacal and morally sick.
Orwell got it right. “1984”, O’Brien: “We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. […] Obedience is not enough. Unless he is suffering, how can you be sure that he is obeying your will and not his own? Power is in inflicting pain and humiliation. Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing.”
Alinsky dedicated “Rules for Radicals” to Lucifer.
While interesting, the flaw in this theory is that the same things are going on outside the Biden administration, such as in CA and many of its municipalities, NYC, Washington state, the Warren and Sanders camps, and many many academic settings. So I do not believe you properly can personalize this to Biden and his associates in the way that you have.
Bruh this is not a joke. The intelligent elite of the Democrats have bought into the ideas of Postmodernism and desire to be more like europe. The rest of the Democrats don’t even know what Postmodernism is but they are going along for the ride. The Democrats aren’t wrong by mistake but by intention. Destroy our Republican form of government and replace it with Socialism. Joe Biden is not the captain of the ship as he does not have the intellect
Socialism is a fundamentally modernist idea; this grand narrative that there are these fundamental blocs of proletariat and bourgeoisie whose interests are diametrically opposed to one another and whose mutual struggle will inevitably evolve in one scientifically precise, predetermined outcome is a *modernist* way of thinking. Postmodernism is a real thing, but the way you (and most people on the right) betrays a lack of understanding of what the word actually means. It’s since just become a buzzword to refer to any left-leaning political philosophy.
If the answer to: “Can [democrats] not just leave us alone for one minute?” is “no”, then they can leave us alone.
Maybe edit next time… or just don’t post at all.
Wonderful blend of the observables with the truths we experience..even in the cave facing the wall! Go Brandon!
This legitimately must be satire. No sane human would seriously write this and think it makes sense or is convincing.
This is what most thinking people have not been able to verbalize. Great article, well-written and to the point.