Wednesday, September 09, 2020

Progressives: "Good For Thee, But Not For Me"

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Joe Biden tweeted Sunday: "We need to restore honor and decency to the White House."

That followed a tweet on Saturday that instructed Trump to quit playing golf, get back to work and "control the spread of the virus."

That caught my attention for a couple of reasons.

Can we get real about all this? Why is so much of the Left's moralizing "good for thee, but not for me?"

Here's why.

Be informed.

In addition to his tweets, Biden forwarded an NBC News video showing Trump playing golf, with this admonition: "Enough with the weekend golf trips and erratic tweets."

By all accounts, Trump is one of the hardest working presidents in recent memory---maybe ever. In addition to donating his salary back to various agencies, he works more hours per day than anyone working with him.

But that's not my point.

A profile of leftist hypocrisy.

Robert Knight said something yesterday than also caught my attention:

"Open, shameless hypocrisy, on the other hand, abounds on the Left. They spew hate while decrying as 'haters' anyone who disagrees with them. They loudly praise 'free speech' while erecting a cancel culture that silences dissent. They say they love America while trashing our country as uniquely evil."

He notes that if a picture is worth a thousand words, the picture of maskless Nancy Pelosi slinking through a shut down hair salon in San Francisco getting her hair done is worth an entire dictionary.

And her response when caught red-handed violating all the rules she so easily puts on everyone else, "I was set up. It was a set-up,"---the same response that was deployed by DC Mayor when caught on video dealing drugs a few years ago---"I was set up."

Fox's Tucker Carlson looked into the "set up" and found that it wasn't a set up at all.

Erica Kious, the owner of the salon, said there was no set-up, the security camera's have been in place for years. Although she did share the video with Fox after the fact, it remains that Nancy Pelosi was purposefully breaking the laws her far-left colleagues have foisted on everybody else.

Erica said after she saw the video, she started thinking about her staff "and people not being able to work and make money and provide for their families," noting that her business has been devastated by six months of government-mandated closure. "And if she is in there comfortably without a mask and feeling safe, then why are we shut down? Why am I not able to have clients come in?"

In the days following her story becoming a national story, she is now getting violent death threats for "setting up Nancy" and has no option but to permanently close the business she built over a number of years.

She is considering whether she should start over in another place.

Progressivism and the Left are characterized by hypocrisy and elitism.

From Hillary and her United States owned server in her closet to protect herself, way back to Edward Kennedy and the drowning of his secretary at Chappaquiddick---its always "about me, rather than thee."

New York Governor Cuomo has moralized again and again how important it is to play by the rules---distance, stay home, play by the rules, etc. He even told the Democrat Convention that COVID-19 was a "European" virus, claimed his disastrous policies worked and it "was beautiful." Yet New York has the most COVID-19 deaths.

It should be most troublesome that Cuomo ordered nursing homes to readmit people who tested positive with the virus, thus putting the most vulnerable population at risk. Meanwhile, of the 1000 beds on a US Navy hospital ship sent by President Trump, only 182 were used by the Governor.

Recently, Pelosi has begun calling it "the Trump virus" while referring to Trump supporters as "enemies of the state."

As Ms. Kious begins the process of deciding how and where she will start over---America is deciding who will lead this country for the next 4 years.

In June the Wall Street Journal examined the New York response to the virus, concluding that Cuomo and de Blasio have blown it.

Progressivism is afraid of the past.

Early on a July morning in 1918, the emperor of Russia, Nicholas Romanov, and the other six members of his immediate family were hustled into the basement of a house in Yekaterinburg and executed by the Bolsheviks.

By July of 2020, towns across America were burning and statutes in public places were being dragged from pedestals and destroyed or disposed of in some way.

What do these two events have in common

The Bolsheviks killed the Romanovs for the same reason the rioters are destroying statues---and more.

They were---and are trying to destroy any vestige of history and values because both mean something in a culture.

Traditional values and history stands in absolute contrast to the worldview of the "progressives" or Enlightenment folks, that hold to the idea that reason alone is the pathway to all truth, and that experience, tradition, history, values, religion, etc., are impediments to progress. Especially religion. Particularly biblical Christianity.

To the apostles of the Enlightenment, conservative religious values and beliefs are what stand between people and true freedom.

This is why progressives work tirelessly bit by bit removing religion from the public square---and ultimately from the culture itself. Like China is currently doing.

In a world in which reason is the sole arbiter of what is right and what is wrong, the Bible and those who believe it become roadblocks, speed bumps to secular progressive progress. So does history.

The executioners of 1918 understood the nature of their revolution. So do those currently leading the riots of 2020.

The mayors and governors who have stood aside while America burns have been enablers. Both the rioters and the elected officials have known exactly what they were doing.

Only when the polls signaled a red flag, did some of the far-left elected officials, and wanna-bees like Joe Biden, begin reluctantly denouncing it.

I believe Biden is the last of his kind for the Democrat Party---kind of holding on to his Catholicism, separating between his personal beliefs and his professional beliefs-- some traditions and values--- but tragically caving to the progressives that have now become the Democrat Party so he can fulfill his life long dream of being president.

At the same time, Trump has become explicitly and aggressively traditionalist---becoming the most pro-life President ever in the history of our country. He ran and has governed as a "traditionalist" President. Many Christian leaders claim he is the most pro-life, pro-Christian President in history.

The war that boils on our streets, on our university campuses, in the halls of Congress, the courts, and even in our churches is not a difference of opinion or even of ideologies.

It is a war over values.

And this election will move the front lines one way or the other. And in either case, the battle will continue well beyond the election because it is spiritual, not political.

Pray for the President.

Pray for America.

Be Informed. Be Discerning. Be Vigilant. Be Prayerful. Vote.