The most marvelous Daniel Greenfield has written (yet another) stellar piece, The Destruction of Contradiction. He writes (in part, but do read the rest):
People, countries and ideas are destroyed through their inability to resolve their contradictions. The left gained a foothold in America by exploiting the country’s contradiction between its insistence on moral superiority and the actual way that the sausage got made. The left did not resolve this contradiction, instead it pretended that it had transcended the contradiction because when it made the sausage and broke the omelets, it was doing it for the greater good.
Under the old system, human misery was caused by the pragmatic problems of reality. Under the new system, it was caused by the idealistic necessities of the greater good.
For example, before ObamaCare someone who couldn’t get health insurance was suffering for pragmatic reasons. With the advent of ObamaCare, someone losing their doctors and getting stuck with insurance they couldn’t afford was suffering for the idealism of the greater good.
The contradiction between the aspirations of the ideal and the brutal necessities of the real were not resolved. Instead the left made the suffering of individuals and groups irrelevant.
Read that last part again. It’s key to understanding the seeming heartlessness we perceive in the regressive, statist, and collectivist (i.e. totalitarian) policies of the radical left where “motive” (i.e. intent) matters more than outcome, where the “ends justify the means.” We see this clearly in decades of failed leftist policies purportedly designed to help the poor; despite hard evidence that poverty is increasing and the middle class shrinking, the left clings to the welfare state not because it works but because they think it should work. When you ignore reality (in this case measurable poverty for real people) in favor of unrealistic idealistic dreams of outcomes, you end up with Detroit, not a shining city on a hill.
And leftists do this all the time, on every issue. In their drive for equality, they ignore the fact that everyone is not the same and that “equality” doesn’t and shouldn’t mean “sameness.” Instead of allowing for this in their blueprint for the perfection of the human race, they plow ahead, lowering the bar for all in every arena they touch, be that education, law enforcement, or the military.
For example, the purportedly “equality-based” push for women to hold combat positions in the United States military sounds great, right? Women can do anything a man can do as well as any man can do it. Except we can’t. Likewise, men can’t do everything we can do as well as we can do it. That’s the way it is, that’s reality. Leftists have no time or patience for facts or reality; they think they can bend both to their will. So instead of carving out roles in the military that foreground women’s abilities and strengths, that take advantage of our superiority in some areas (face it, women are damned good shots, make excellent pilots, are great at strategy, make great diplomats (as long as they aren’t pretending to be men when they do it), etc.), leftists instead insist on their faulty “equality means everyone is the same as” rubric. As one female Marine and Iraq veteran notes, “the best woman is still no match for the best man” in combat situations. That’s just fact. Indeed, leftists have conceded this very point by lowering physical training standards for women. That’s not okay, and it’s a clear and obvious threat to our national security, but that doesn’t matter to the radical left. Only that distant (and impossible) future matters.
Everyone should be the “same,” they think, and if they aren’t, we’ll just change “sameness” . . . and, while we’re at it, we’ll also punish people who’ve been “privileged” (be this because they are born white and male–a shameful thing to regressives–or because they are young and/or healthy). It’s madness. They don’t want to redistribute only wealth; they want to redistribute race, heritage, heredity, genetics, values, and a host of other things they have no power or control over. It doesn’t work, can’t work, but they plow “forward!” working on the principle that destruction and misery are just the temporary but necessary steps toward some sort of fantastical Utopia that they envision as some sort of heaven on earth with our government overlords acting as our beneficent and loving council of gods raining manna down on the unwashed masses from their Olympian perches.
Breaking eggs is just part of the process. Yes, Obama and his hordes, including House and Senate Dems (and Republicans), knew that millions upon millions would lose not only their health insurance plans but also their doctors. They knew that Sarah Palin was right about death panels. They also knew that millions upon millions would lose their jobs or have their hours drastically reduced. This is built into 0Care. Logic dictates that you don’t screw up a health insurance system that covered 253.4 million people to accommodate 35-50 million (depending on the estimates) people. Logic dictates that if you have a government panel meting out treatments, you have not only rationing of care but a handful of people in DC deciding who lives and who dies. Logic dictates that when you reduce the work week from 40 to 30 hours and make it financially onerous for employers to comply with the 0Care mandates, millions upon millions of people will lose their jobs and/or their health insurance. But we’re not talking about logic. Or results, at least not immediate results. We’re talking about that drive toward a perfected human race living in Utopian harmony in the new Garden of Eden. And yeah, shrugs the regressive, radical leftist, a bunch of people will suffer, even die. That can’t be helped because some distant, fantasy future is the end goal (and yes, they actually do believe it’s achievable, but they also know that the only people living the new American dream will be the tiny segment of the population who do not live in abject poverty. They are okay with that.).
So back to Daniel’s point that the suffering of individuals and even large groups does not matter to the self-proclaimed most “compassionate” of all people. You see this when they attack cancer victims for complaining about losing the health insurance they like, for losing the long-term doctors they trust. You see this when they dismiss more than 5 million people losing their health insurance as a “small percentage” of the “market.” We’re not a “market,” we’re actual people, and the inability to grasp that in the here and now is what really distinguishes regressives. They aren’t interested in the here and now. They are only interested in that magical future they march in blinkered lockstep toward.
This is why they are totally comfortable trampling the rights of individuals and groups in the present. It’s all for “The Greater Good” and that distant future they envision. So a few thousand or even hundred thousand cancer victims die today . . . well, they were really just a drain on society anyway, right? They can’t contribute to the brave, new world.
Remember when the Occupiers were calling for the overthrow of the government, a return to “nature”? And remember how they dismissed the fact that millions of people can’t (physically or mentally) live the lifestyle they want? One interviewee (I think it was in a Breitbart piece, but extra points to anyone who can find it) actually evoked Darwin in stating, with a dismissive shrug, that though it’s “mean” to say, some people have to die to fulfill the leftist mission. Incredible. Or not really at all incredible when you understand that the radicals running America into the ground have no compassion for anyone living in the present, their entire purpose is focused on an unrealistic, unachievable future replete with rainbows, sunny skies, and Skittles-pooping unicorns.
Stand in their way and prepare to be trampled under a herd of cloven-hoofed unicorns and to have your trampling cheered by the “compassionate” left.