We have been, and are being, manipulated by globalist social engineers who have foisted on us a humorless demand that we live our lives their way...or else

Progressive Chains and "Liberating Tolerance"

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Progressive Chains and Liberating Tolerance

Slow and methodical over the last century was the march of socialists / communists / fascists / progressives / collectivists / liberals (they have so many names it is even hard to keep up with that), until Obama’s election when the gears went into overdrive.


...Prior to now it has been incremental, the slippery slope, the inch by inch erosion of unalienable rights.  Like a slow developing disease, they have gradually weakened the main body of country, so as now the disease can just finish it off in big bites at a time; socialized health care, energy restrictions, political correctness, executive edicts without the consent of the governed, continual reductions of property rights, illegal immigration - amnesty, etc.  The centralized power of the Federal government is in full tilt, while individual rights to pursue life, liberty and happiness are becoming a distant dream.—Cheryl Pass “Classical Progressivism Vs American Exceptionalism

“Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you.  May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.”—Samuel Adams  (1722-1803)

Freedom…. [cont.]

Sometimes I feel just like I’m almost gone
Sometimes I feel like I’m almost gone
Sometimes I feel just like I’m almost gone
A long… way…from my home

Richie Havens (1941-2013) “Freedom” (“Motherless Child”)

It is an obvious truism that the larger the government, the smaller the amount of personal freedom.  When I recently wrote that I concur with Thoreau’s axiom “That government is best which governs least,” it was simply another way of saying that I value my freedom.  That government is best that robs you of the least amount of freedom.

It’s not rocket science folks—the bigger your government, the smaller your freedom.  As a government’s bureaucracy grows, so does the amount of concomitant rules and regulations that constrict freedom—as night follows the day.

That is why America’s Founding Framers (who valued freedom) created the US Constitution.  It was designed specifically to rein-in and control government, and thereby protect the freedom of “we the people.”  The Framers saw the form of government that they invented as being a necessary evil—a compromise between the chaos of anarchy and the oppression of tyranny.  Today we find ourselves far, far removed from what they intended for us, and what they intended our government to be.  Our government “representatives” (and military brass) consistently ignore their oaths to “protect and defend” the US Constitution, and treat their “solemn” oaths as if they were irrelevant jokes. 

The social engineering types that favor big government have zero interest in freedom.  They are interested in forcing you to live your life their way, and only their way.  If you value your freedom, then you must, as a matter of course, stand in opposition to them.

Those of us who were shocked out of our “boiled frog syndrome” daze by the stunning overreach of the Obama Administration, were often dismayed by how far along “the road to serfdom” we awoke to find ourselves (“When did this happen?”).

If you have done your homework, you know that it didn’t happen overnight.  “We the people” find ourselves in our current predicament because we were asleep at the wheel (at least many of us were—all too many still are).  Also, of course, the longtime tireless efforts of the enemies of freedom must be taken into account.

This article is not so much concerned with the chains that have been oh so cleverly, slowly, and gently laid on “we the people” over the last century or so.  It is mainly about one particular link in those chains.

I am speaking of “liberating tolerance” (also called “partisan tolerance”).  “Liberating tolerance” is a term coined by Frankfurt School Marxist extraordinaire, Herbert Marcuse.  He meant for it to be used as an antidote to tolerance.  That is, as an anti-tolerance stratagem hidden in plain sight under an innocuous (even uplifting) sounding name.  It was designed to replace classical (i.e. “repressive”) tolerance. 

“Liberating tolerance, then, would mean intolerance against movements from the Right and toleration of movements from the Left.”  Herbert Marcuse [emphasis mine]

“Liberating tolerance” is actually the height (or depth) of hypocrisy and intolerance—and it is increasingly being used to silence dissent and steal our freedoms.

The way it works is this: They talk, and you agree or shut up.  That’s it in a nutshell.  Anything that serves to advance the Progressive agenda is to be encouraged, and anything that conflicts with it is to be scorned, muzzled, mocked and silenced (if that sounds similar to political correctness, there is a reason for that).  So much for honest debate; so much for freedom of speech and the First Amendment.  Welcome to the brave new world (that has such people in it).

[Sidebar: In this article I am using the label “Progressive,” but as Cheryl Pass suggests in this article’s opening quote, “a rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” or more to the point, a tyrannical government by any other name would smell as foul.  The name “Progressive” will do for our purposes here.

It is worth noting that while it is true that various social engineering ideologies have hastened the exponential growth of our federal bureaucracy, there is little, if any, doubt that human nature and the nature of government itself would have eventually resulted in a bloated tyrannical government in any event—it’s the nature of the beast (as the Founding Framers knew all too well).] 

Do you doubt that “liberating tolerance” is at work?  You might want to look at the plethora of speakers who have been denied access to our colleges and universities because their viewpoints differ from the official narrative handed down from on high (check out Ayaan Hirsi Ali for a recent episode). 

Another example: we have been told ad nauseum that “the science is settled” as concerns global warming.  Au contraire mon frérethe science is not settled regarding global warming.  It is anything but settled.  But state that opinion out loud in any venue “where the elite meet and greet” and you will probably be shunned like a drunk at an Amish barn raising.  A not-so-subtle message will be conveyed that you might want to “Shut Up!”  Good old “liberating tolerance” at work.  Speaking truth to power (forgive the cliché) is not for the faint of heart, it takes courage.

I could go on and name many more examples of “liberating tolerance,” and I imagine that you can too, but my chief aim in this article is simply to draw attention to the fact that there is a term for dogmatic, arrogant, bullying intolerance—and it is a freedom stealing ploy that “we the people” should be aware of.  (It is also worth observing that after stifling freedom of speech, the next logical step is “thought crimes,” and the loss of freedom to think as you will).

As others have noted before, what we are dealing with here is not so much a conflict between the left and right of the political spectrum, but between up and down—up to freedom, or down to enslavement

We have been, and are being, manipulated by globalist social engineers who have foisted on us a humorless demand that we live our lives their way…or else.  They refuse to learn from the bloody history of their favored ideologies (both communism and fascism are big government ideologies), and insist on force-feeding their bland cookie-cutter uniformity on “we the people”—jamming square pegs into round holes; round pegs into square holes, and freedom be damned. 

Their corruption, dishonesty, and arrogant elitism are directly at odds with free enterprise, free speech, and free choice (and I don’t mean “choice” in its limited partisan sense).  In short, behind their snake-oil salesman charm they are busily engaged in destroying freedom (while all the time raking in big bucks—our bucks).  You had better believe that they fully intend to chain us in bondage—one link at a time.  Most of the links are already in place

Perhaps the grand experiment of an American “government of the people, by the people, for the people” was doomed to fail from the start.  Perhaps it will be remembered, if it is remembered at all, as a historical aberration—I don’t know.  I do know that if “we the people” continue to allow our government “representatives” and judges to tweak, ignore, and flout the US Constitution, then whatever freedoms we have left will soon vanish…as if they never existed.  Truth.


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Jim ONeill -- Bio and Archives | Comments

Born June 4, 1951 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Served in the U.S. Navy from 1970-1974 in both UDT-21 (Underwater Demolition Team) and SEAL Team Two.  Worked as a commercial diver in the waters off of Scotland, India, and the United States.  Worked overseas in the Merchant Marines.  While attending the University of South Florida as a journalism student in 1998 was presented with the “Carol Burnett/University of Hawaii AEJMC Research in Journalism Ethics Award,” 1st place undergraduate division.  (The annual contest was set up by Carol Burnett with money she won from successfully suing a national newspaper for libel).  Awarded US Army, US Navy, South African, and Russian jump wings.  Graduate of NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School, 1970).  Member of Mensa, China Post #1, and lifetime member of the NRA and UDT/SEAL Association.

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