The politics of delusion

The left rules, with an increasingly iron hand, the commanding heights of culture, including the arts, media, and the academy.  Capitalizing on the respect and power this endows the progressives with, they have been creating an alternative reality and ratifying it.  In one brilliant paragraph, Peter Kirsanow of NRO summarizes the delusions that have been foisted upon the body politic and society, and which are sticking (for now):

Exchanges established by the federal government are exchanges established by the state. Rachel Dolezal is black. Iran will honor an agreement not to develop nuclear weapons. ISIS is a JV team. There’s an epidemic of sexual assaults on college campuses. Michael Brown had his hands up and pleaded “don’t shoot.” Caitlyn Jenner is a woman. Obamacare is working. 2+2 doesn’t necessarily equal 4. The polar ice caps are disappearing. The IRS is doing a decent job. The border is secure.We’ve ended two wars responsibly. Hillary Clinton turned over all work-related e-mails. An $18,200,000,000,000 debt can grow without mention. People who burn down buildings and overturn cars aren’t thugs. The OPM hack is manageable. We’ve reset relations with Russia. Entitlement reform can be kicked down the road. We’re more respected around the world.

About an hour ago, I added one more item – lower GDP is really a sign of a better economy – to this list, and you can be sure that more are coming.

Kirsanow points out the obvious in his conclusion: “things are unlikely to end well,” particularly in an era of mass terrorism.  As a student of Chinese history, which saw the repeated rise and fall of dynasties, I have long been taken with the wisdom of Confucius, who:

… taught that if names are not correct, words will be misused, and when words are misused, nothing can be on a sound footing. Political reformers of corrupt dynasties often crusaded under the political banner of The Rectification of Names.

There used to be a bumper sticker popular among the greenie left that proclaimed, “Nature bats last.”  You could add that reality does, too.

Delusion has never been a sound political principle.  Able to enforce its own definitions of reality, the left has become increasingly arrogant, intoxicated with its power.  Pride goeth before the fall, but unfortunately, that fall is going to take more than the left down with it.
 

The left rules, with an increasingly iron hand, the commanding heights of culture, including the arts, media, and the academy.  Capitalizing on the respect and power this endows the progressives with, they have been creating an alternative reality and ratifying it.  In one brilliant paragraph, Peter Kirsanow of NRO summarizes the delusions that have been foisted upon the body politic and society, and which are sticking (for now):

Exchanges established by the federal government are exchanges established by the state. Rachel Dolezal is black. Iran will honor an agreement not to develop nuclear weapons. ISIS is a JV team. There’s an epidemic of sexual assaults on college campuses. Michael Brown had his hands up and pleaded “don’t shoot.” Caitlyn Jenner is a woman. Obamacare is working. 2+2 doesn’t necessarily equal 4. The polar ice caps are disappearing. The IRS is doing a decent job. The border is secure.We’ve ended two wars responsibly. Hillary Clinton turned over all work-related e-mails. An $18,200,000,000,000 debt can grow without mention. People who burn down buildings and overturn cars aren’t thugs. The OPM hack is manageable. We’ve reset relations with Russia. Entitlement reform can be kicked down the road. We’re more respected around the world.

About an hour ago, I added one more item – lower GDP is really a sign of a better economy – to this list, and you can be sure that more are coming.

Kirsanow points out the obvious in his conclusion: “things are unlikely to end well,” particularly in an era of mass terrorism.  As a student of Chinese history, which saw the repeated rise and fall of dynasties, I have long been taken with the wisdom of Confucius, who:

… taught that if names are not correct, words will be misused, and when words are misused, nothing can be on a sound footing. Political reformers of corrupt dynasties often crusaded under the political banner of The Rectification of Names.

There used to be a bumper sticker popular among the greenie left that proclaimed, “Nature bats last.”  You could add that reality does, too.

Delusion has never been a sound political principle.  Able to enforce its own definitions of reality, the left has become increasingly arrogant, intoxicated with its power.  Pride goeth before the fall, but unfortunately, that fall is going to take more than the left down with it.