Left's Ongoing War on American Culture
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Most of what could be said about the "Duck Dynasty" flap has been said. My take is this: Liberals are all about rights, real and imaginary. Well, Phil Robertson had a right to express his religious beliefs. Liberals had a right to complain.
The network his show appears on had a right to dump him. Robertson and his family have a right to take their highly lucrative reality show to another network (barring any contractual impediments).
The holiday season provides annual examples. Each Christmas every effort is made to drive religion – or at least one religion – from the public sphere.
This is not because liberals lack religion. They have one. It is government. Barack Obama is the current high priest. Offerings come from the taxpayers and are not voluntary.
Christmas is not the only target for those seeking to fundamentally transform America. Holidays honoring Founding Fathers have been marginalized and minimized, and Thanksgiving is mocked. Columbus Day has virtually been eliminated and now serves mostly as a platform for annual attacks upon Western civilization.
Don't be surprised if the holiday calendar of the future consists of New Year's Day, Martin Luther King's Birthday, National Hug a Homeless Homo Day, Obama's Birthday, Giving Thanks for Obamacare Day, Labor Union Day, Memorial Day for Rock Stars Who Died of Drug Overdose, National Abortion Day, Cinco de Mayo, Battle of the Little Big Horn Day and Kwanzaa.
Throughout history all cultures have changed. Change has been accomplished by mutual consent among millions of people in the culture through daily interactions, finding accommodations for differences and peacefully fashioning new ways to maintain a polite and peaceful society.
Not good enough for liberals. They are convinced that they know how Utopia should look and that it can be arrived at in a hurry if politicians would just bludgeon the right people.
So norms that have been found useful for centuries are pushed aside for a Brave New World. Disparate groups are not allowed to meld and merge naturally but are selected for their voting potential and singled out for special privilege.
The melting pot becomes a forge and people are hammered into shapes that a wise and paternal government deems to be in their best interest.
But, a few Americans (like the Robertsons) don't get it – and don't want it. They cling to their guns and religion.
They must be pushed aside by the elites, who know progress when they see it and intend to see that we all get to enjoy it – or else.
And while change can be good, Ellen Glasgow, a Southern novelist who often wrote about change once said, “All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward.”
Lloyd Brown was in the newspaper business nearly 50 years, beginning as a copy boy and retiring as editorial page editor of the Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville. After retirement he served as speech writer for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.