I have often pondered why Democrats do the things they do. This article at American Greatness by Karin McQuillan is as good an explanation as any I have seen:
Presidential candidate Joe Biden has catastrophic problems that would hobble any candidate in ordinary times. His mental capacity is failing so badly that he appears senile and lost in many of his public appearances. He is too mentally and physically tired to campaign. He has been exposed for raking in multimillion-dollar payoffs from China, Ukraine, and Russia when serving as vice president, using his son Hunter to launder the bribes. This is the worst level of corruption, and with the country’s worst enemies, ever seen in America.
None of Biden’s problems matter to Democratic voters. They don’t wish to hear about it and if they do by mistake, they plug their ears.
They have a perfect defense. They are protected from unwanted information by a media cone of silence, and united as members of the Superior Tribe.
When you have superior values and ideas, you don’t need reality checks. You certainly don’t need to listen to your opponents, the Stupid Racist Tribe.
The beauty of it is that these self-interested Democrats are dreamers. It’s not comfortable to admit you’re out to get all you can from the authoritarian, corrupt, and destructive Democratic Party. So instead, they dream of making the world over into a never-seen-before beautiful and fair and peaceful place, all through the power of government.
Utopianism is dangerous. It blinds Democrats to the real world and justifies their supposed right to power and control. It leads them to atrocities like woke mob rule—online, at work and in the streets. They feel justified in destroying people for having opposing views and values. They are willing to trash everything good in America—they are superior to all the wisdom of the ages.
Democrats reject religion as backward, but they assign their own ruling liberal elite god-like powers to fix every problem. Unlike religion, their road to utopia requires that individuals have little liberty and less responsibility.
Victory for the Democrats is so virtuous, nothing must stand in its way. Noticing that Biden is senile and corrupt would be a problem in this election, so they do not notice it.
The Democrats’ sanctimonious urge to power will brook no limit. That is as dangerous as it gets.
When I was in college I took a course titled “Hitler and the Nazi Era.” One of the required books was “Why Hitler Came Into Power” by Theodore Abel.
In 1934 Theodore Abel went to Germany and offered a prize, under the auspices of Columbia University, for autobiographies of members of the National Socialist movement. The six hundred essays he received constitute the single best source on grassroots opinion within the Nazi Party, and they form the empirical foundation for Abel’s fascinating yet curiously neglected 1938 book
Note the date of publication. 1938 was before WWII and the Holocaust. In 1938 Hitler had a lot of fans here in the USA as did Mussolini, General Franco, and Fascism. The bad stuff came later. One quote from the book that stands out for me was a guy talking about how he was moved by “the warmth and love in Herr Hitler’s eyes.”
It is a difficult concept for some people to grasp that the Nazis did not see themselves as evil. Hitler did not come into power by telling people he was going to start the biggest war in human history and that it would result in 25 million people dead, Germany utterly defeated and the rest of Europe devastated. Nor did he tell them that he would methodically exterminate another 9-12 million people (including 6 million Jews) in what they called the “Final Solution” but we now call the Holocaust.
It’s hard to believe that the Nazis saw themselves as the good guys, but they did. At least initially. That is human nature – “Our tribe good, their tribe bad.” And we should all want to be good. But true goodness requires humility and self-doubt.
Lord Acton said “Power tends to corrupt. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Our Founding Fathers understood that concept. That is why they designed a system of limited government where power was spread around and there was a list of things that the government was forbidden to do. (“Congress shall make no law . . .”)
The FFs were learned men who had a low opinion of mankind. They knew that sooner or later (most likely sooner rather than later) someone would abuse the power of government. And they knew from first-hand experience that power surrendered voluntarily is rarely given back without force. So they spread power around between the states and the federal government, and within the federal government, splitting power between the branches, with one branch split into two parts.
The history of our nation shows a constant struggle between those who want to centralize power and those who fear giving the government too much power. Since 1933 the statists have been winning. But until recently we were able to remain friends with the other side.
Some people say that Leftism is a religion. I’d say it is more like a cult. They are (mostly) good people who lost their minds or been brainwashed. But short of chaining them all up in the basement and beating them with a dead fish, there isn’t anything we can do to bring them back to sanity. We can’t stop Thelma and Louise from driving off a cliff, but we don’t need to be in the backseat when they do.