By Stan Gudmundson
The consequences of November’s election began long ago. Shortly after the Civil War some of the day’s “intellectuals” concluded that the U.S. constitution was badly flawed. It’s a bit simplistic, but that has divided Republicans and Democrats ever since. President Wilson probably summarized their position best when he said there was a lot of nonsense in the constitution.
They thought the country should be run by government experts based on “scientific” management principles even when they conflicted with the constitution. The last Democrat president to govern by the constitution was Grover Cleveland. Since then, only Coolidge, Reagan, and Trump have even tried.
Many “intellectuals” have been happy to provide theories of how it could be “fixed.” In the ‘30s, “scholars” from Germany brought us the malign Marxist derived Frankfort school, i.e. a “critical theory as social critique… to effect sociologic change and realize intellectual emancipation, by way of enlightenment.” “It analyzes the significance of the ruling understandings (the dominant ideology) generated in bourgeois society… to show that the dominant ideology misepresents how human relations occur in the real world and how capitalism justifies and legitimates the domination of people.” (Wikipedia) Like many idiotic leftist ideas, this swept through our campuses, where it remains influential.
Italian Antonio Gramsci provided the blueprint for what has followed. It wasn’t a conspiracy led by dark forces but it took on a life of its own. That is not to say that there weren’t people who understood Gramsci and who did their best to influence the direction of his scheme. How effective particular individuals were may never be fully understood but certainly some with great wealth were and are huge contributors to its “progress.” People like George Soros and many groups he funds along with other very wealthy supporters providing “dark’’ money.
Gramsci believed that the culture had to be changed. Even its language. He proposed a Marxist cultural revolution to be achieved by a “long march” through the institutions.
There are virtually none that are not now completely dominated by the left. Schools and universities, the mainstream media, Hollywood and the entertainment industries, mainstream church denominations, government bureaucracies. Even our military’s capability has been circumscribed by political correctness, a leftist strait jacket that brooks no contrary opinions. Now the left is beginning an effort to purge it of conservative thought.
Those in law enforcement generally oppose this cultural Marxism but they cannot overcome the judiciary’s double standard. Worse, the vast majority of Americans don’t care or hate so much they are willing to ignore this criminality.
Our founders believed that only a virtuous people could make this nation work in the way they set it up. That may be the worst part of the success of cultural Marxism. Arrogant politicians of both parties have abrogated their responsibilities for sinecure and graft. Politicians will always be what they are, but a virtuous people would never have put up with the criminality of the Clintons nor would they have stood for an attempted coup on a sitting president and all of the rest.
Our mores and language also have been corrupted. Homosexual marriage, for example, is nothing but the destruction of the meaning of the word marriage. Television programs have become so vile that I can no longer watch them. In the least racist society on earth, we are assaulted by “big lies” about nonsense like that of white privilege. This foolishness tribalism only serves to divide us and provide contemptible race-baiters and diversity specialists employment/political opportunities for themselves. Worse, they create “victims,” which literally destroys lives and perpetrates ideas like the insane notion that successful minorities are acting “white.”
The culture has been dramatically changed as confirmed by the motive of most leftist voters during the recent election. It was pure hatred. The long march has reached the tipping point.
Will the American people understand what they have done to themselves? Eventually, maybe. But by then it will be too late. I’m not optimistic. A return to basic principles and a virtuous citizenry will not happen during my lifetime. And I doubt it will occur during the lifetimes of anyone alive on earth today.
I am glad I am not young.