You brood of vipers, how can you say good things when you are evil? For from the fullness of the heart the mouth speaks. A good person brings forth good out of a store of goodness, but an evil person brings forth evil out of a store of evil.
Those words were spoken by Jesus Christ over 2000 years ago. Whether or not you believe in the divinity of Jesus, those words were true then and they are true today.
In the time of Jesus the vipers were Pharisees and Sadducees, educated men, the social elite, who sought to burden the common Jew with an unbearable yoke of law and who, like peacocks, displayed their fine phylacteries, tassels, and robes for all to see. They sought reasons to torture and murder for blasphemy. Later, it was the educated priests and bishops in their stoles and chasubles, crushing the poor under a burden of rules and the threat of burning for heresy. Yet later, it was the Oxford- and Parisian-educated Socialist nomenklatura, sipping their single-malt and dashing about in their ZIL limousines, riding the backs of Soviet and Eastern European citizens under threat of a bullet in the brain for counter-revolutionary thinking. And today it is the Progressives, with their hemp underwear, electric cars, organic arugula, and designer clothesline.
Fully engaged in strutting displays of moral preening, they demand that others abjure direct speech and respect their tender feelings and easily-damaged egos. They demand civility.
And all the while they hiss and strike like a nest of vipers, engaged in an orgy, a bacchanal, of ridicule, character assassination, threats, and lies.
Most recently, a 14-year old girl, Sarah Crank, testified against gay marriage before a Maryland Senate proceeding. This is part of what she said:
Hi, I’m Sarah Crank. Today’s my 14th birthday, and it would be the best birthday present ever if you would vote ‘no’ on gay marriage. I really feel bad for the kids who have two parents of the same gender.
Those simple opening lines, a belief she no doubt learned from her parents, resulted in a writhing, spitting, venomous response that must be read to be believed.
- My god I hate people like this. Most (not all) Americans are [expletive] retards. If I ever see this girl, I will kill her. That’s a promise.
- Her parents should be exterminated.
- Parents like hers should be sterilized…
And this is typical. Look at what happened to Sarah Palin and her innocent, sweet child, Trig. And the murder threats, Hitler comparisons, and ridicule that was heaped upon George W Bush. And even in the pursuit of science, former Clinton Administration official Joe Romm said “An entire generation will soon be ready to strangle you and your kind [anthropogenic climate change skeptics] while you sleep in your beds.”
This outpouring of vitriol is not some isolated case, it is the modus operandi of the Progressive Left.
When it comes time to vote this fall, let’s not forget what the stakes are.
Several hours after writing the above content, I ran across this quote from Eric Hoffer’s “Ordeal of Change” essay, written a half-century ago, and posted in Chicago Boyz…
The explosive component in the contemporary scene is not the clamor of the masses but the self-righteous claims of a multitude of graduates from schools and universities. This army of scribes is clamoring for a society in which planning, regulation, and supervision are paramount and the prerogative of the educated. They hanker for the scribe’s golden age, for a return to something like the scribe-dominated societies of ancient Egypt, China, and the Europe of the Middle Ages.