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The left's many gods
Posted By Burt Prelutsky On 08/30/2011 @ 2:48 pm In Commentary | Comments Disabled
Sometimes you can focus so hard on a single tree, you lose sight of the forest. For instance, every sane person, which automatically excludes leftists, realizes that we can easily un-elect Barack Obama next year. But we should not lose sight of the fact that we will simultaneously be sending Hillary Clinton, Cass Sunstein, Timothy Geithner, Janet Napolitano, Eric Holder, Jeffrey Immelt, Jay Carney, Valerie Jarrett and Joe Biden back where they came from. That should certainly provide all Republicans, no matter which candidate they happen to support at the moment, with plenty of incentive to vote for our ultimate nominee early and often.
In spite of all the negative attention that the likes of Michael Bloomberg, Bill Maher and the coven of secular socialists who scribble for the New York Times expend on religious believers such as Glenn Beck, Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann, you’d think they’d occasionally pause to question the abiding faith the left has in Big Government. The weird part of liberal fanaticism is that, by and large, ministers, priests and rabbis cause very little mischief; whereas government in the form of Obama, Pelosi, Reid, Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, Barbara Boxer, Charles Schumer, Patty Murray and the Black Congressional Caucus were directly responsible for the financial meltdown, the massive number of home foreclosures, a soaring deficit and a Great Depression-like rate of unemployment.
The most devout Catholic, the most fervent evangelical, the most orthodox Jew, can all make a stronger and, yes, even logical argument for his religious faith than a left-winger can. That is why every time leftists are asked why they worship the federal government and why it is that their gods demand that they favor higher taxes, the Palestinians, more federal regulations, affirmative action, public unions, illegal aliens, expanded welfare, same-sex marriages, a ban on oil drilling and a confiscation of guns – and why it is that they regard tea-party members as a greater threat to life and liberty than Islamic jihadists – their replies are generally limited to accusing the opposition of being Nazis, fascists, racists, homophobes, yokels and/or hostage-taking terrorists.
In short, their defense consists of vehemently attacking those who don’t subscribe to their particular brand of fanaticism. It sort of reminds one of Cotton Mather and Tomas de Torquemada in their heyday.
Speaking of historical figures, Galileo was convicted of heresy for insisting that the earth revolved around the sun and not the other way around. For their part, liberals condemn conservatives of heresy for opposing Obama’s trillion dollar stimulus, Cash-for-Clunkers, Card Check, the Dream Act, increased taxes, cap-and-trade and his incessant kowtowing to Iranian mullahs and union thugs. The main difference is that Galileo was merely confined to house arrest some 450 years ago; he did not have his humanity questioned on a daily basis by Henry Waxman and the lap dogs in the MSM.
The most fascinating aspect of the left’s intolerance of Christianity and Judaism is the fact that the same crowd goes berserk when the religious practices of Satanists, jihadists and those freaks and oddballs whose gods require the sacrifice of small animals or the ingesting of illegal drugs are not respected by one and all.
The same folks who take it personally if someone suggests that God judges each of us by a set of Commandments have no problem when a bunch of ex-lawyers, who owe their judicial appointments to hack politicians, have the ultimate authority when it comes to everything from abortions to the legality of Obamacare.
This state of affairs is especially peculiar in light of the fact that judges, including those serving on the various Courts of Appeal are generally divided, 2-1. And why would anybody have confidence in a Supreme Court, where decisions, as often as not, come down to 5-4 votes? For all the reverence and solemnity that surrounds the nine justices in their marble temple, they are simply a collection of mortals who were selected by political factions that, at the time, held sway in the White House and Congress. No one in his right mind would trust that bunch to pick out his neckties.
For me, the funny aspect of all this is that it’s those on the left who regard themselves and their favorite politicians as the intellectual elite. Which is what makes George Orwell’s observation that “There are some ideas that are so preposterous that only an intellectual could believe them” so perceptive.
The next time a leftist, whose own religious faith rests with the likes of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor accuses a Christian believer of being an ignoramus, an appropriate response would be, “Well, at least nobody has ever suggested that God Almighty got His job through being politically well-connected.”
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