That is both the ethical core and psychological heart of what it means to be a part of the left. That is where the gratification comes from. To see yourself as a social redeemer. To feel anointed. In other words: To be progressive is itself the most satisfying narcissism."
Well stated. I've said the same thing so many times, but in more general terms - you have succinctly defined the problem with progressive elites in two paragraphs. You should write for a conservative publication or blog. I think there is a slogan or bumper sticker in there somewhere - just a matter of condensing.
Thanks Navy Vet but those are the words of David Horowitz (who says it so well because he was one of them early on).
More from his piece:
“....No matter how great the crimes progressives commit, no matter how terrible the future they labor to create, no matter how devastating the catastrophes they leave behind, the world outside the faith seems ever ready to forgive them their “mistakes” and to grant them the grace of “good intentions.”
It would be difficult to recall, for example, the number of times I have been introduced on conservative platforms as “a former civil rights worker and peace activist in the 1960s.” I have been described this way despite having written a detailed autobiography that exposes these self-glorifying images of the left as so many political lies. Like many New Left leaders whom the young Mrs. Clinton once followed (and who are her comrades today), I regarded myself in the 1960s as a socialist and a revolutionary. No matter what slogans we chanted, or ideals we proclaimed our agendas always extended beyond (and well beyond) the immediate issues of “civil rights” and “peace.”
New Left progressivesincluding Hillary Clinton and her comrade, Acting Deputy Attorney General Bill Lann Leewere involved in supporting, or protecting or making excuses for violent anti-American radicals abroad like the Vietcong and anti-American criminals at home like the Black Panthers. We did this thenjust as progressives still do nowin the name of “social justice” and a dialectical world-view that made this deception appear ethical and the fantasy seem possible.”......
You know I can’t think of those libs as “bad” liars.
I think they are very good liars, in fact. Our best little Debbie....come on, she’s such a good liar she should win awards.
Cause a liar does not blink, choke, blush, jolt aback, when their lies are presented to them. DWS, God bless, stands tall and wide-eyed and there’s a good liar.
Some people even feel shame for being caught in a lie. But this is a culture where the best liar wins.
They make those group type board games out of these sorts of concepts.
So if the new conqueror is not the soldier or terrorist, but the one who lies the best....hey, the conservatives need to realize that they may have started out playing monopoly but it’s a new game now.
The winner is the best liar.