by Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
When you spend enough time in progressive collectivist blogistan, aka the land of the lost, it imparts a certain feeling of being lost in a fog. Sort of like the feelings you experienced on those foggy and dreary mornings waiting at the bus stop for the school bus to arrive. You just knew it was going to be another very long day when the teachers were going to expect you to learn something when you would rather bring doing something else. At least that's the way it was for me, and it's just how it was in progressive collectivist blogistan.
Really though, putting the analogy aside, there are similarities and differences.
One, I chose to subject myself to the the incessant kool aid of the left, whereas I had no choice but to go to school if I wanted to learn and some day be able to support myself. Two, I learned nothing from my experience in left blogistan other than ... nope, like I said nothing. Three, I learned a great deal from my school experience and for the most part was fortunate to have teachers that taught facts and allowed me to think for myself and draw my own conclusions.
That of course was back in the day when educators actually spent their time educating rather than indoctrinating. Having said that I must acknowledge there are many teachers who are dedicated and aspire to teach their students how to develop critical thinking skills. In fact, my baby sister is an educator and she does just that. She is a conservative with an open mind that teaches her students it's okay to think differently if you can back up your position with reasonable supporting arguments.
For all the talk you hear from the progressive collectivists about progressives being the true defenders of liberty and free thought it amazes me just how closed minded and fanatically adverse they are to anything that differs from their cherished and usually emotional viewpoint. For the most part they consider themselves to be the elite and thus have all the appropriate answers. If you don't believe it just ask them.
My time in the land of the lost also reminded me of the book Animal Farm. The book pitted the animals (the working class) against their owners (the bourgeoisie) in what depicted the classic class struggle. After the animals threw their masters off the farm and ran it as a collective with all animals being equal things were okay for awhile. Before they knew it the pigs, who were the smartest, begin to change the rules of the democratic collective and gradually installed themselves as the rulers of the people. They declared themselves more equal because of their superior intellect and knowledge.
By the end of the story the animals wanted their old masters back because they were treated by far better with them running the farm than with the pigs running the farm as progressive collectivist dictators.
The thing I noticed in the land of the lost is that if you agreed with the progressive line all was well. They all seemed to sit around in their fog and echo the same chorus line about how everything would be so much better if only the nasty, dirty, bigoted racist, homophobic, delusional right (as in republicans, libertarians, and conservatives) would just go away and let them play and romp in the nirvana fields of progressive collectivist thought.
I would love to disclose the most virulent of these sites where anybody who dare oppose their views, or in any way make a curt disparaging remark about one of them was threatened and intimidated so as to shut the person up. If I did, I would face perhaps threats and intimidation. Conversely, on the pages of many of these sites all conservatives, Tea Party supporters, and republicans are maligned, called the most disparaging names, and mocked.
Progressive collectivist blogistan, aka the land of the lost is truly Animal Farm. And they wish to impose their elitism and world view on the rest of us. If you haven't read Animal Farm by George Orwell, I highly recommend it. The political ideology is still alive and well in the progressive collectivist movement. And that my fellow true defenders of liberty is where the danger lies.
Note: The term blogistan I borrowed from fellow RN USA writer Silverfiddle. Thanks and I hope you won't think of me as plagiarizer. : -)