One of the more irritating tactics you’ll see from the Radical Left is suggesting that their positions, no matter how extreme, are actually conservative ideas and that we’re only opposing them out of some personal bias, usually against President Obama. The two easiest examples that come to mind are how, based on some old white papers written by think tanks, leftists manage to convince themselves that Obamacare and carbon taxes are somehow conservative ideas, so obviously any opposition to them today must be founded in racism. The left loves to try to co-opt Reagan’s legacy, conveniently forgetting how much they loathed him when he was president, not to mention that their talking points have been repeatedly debunked. Of course, since turnabout is fair play I wondered if Hillary Clinton’s Tea Party connections will come back to haunt her.
A while back Alfonzo Rachel did an interesting piece about how Elton John said that Jesus would have supported gay marriage. I don’t know if it’s just me but Leftist projection seems to have intensified in the last few years. This is nothing new, of course. For years they proudly donned the moniker of “liberal” until two things happened. Their failed policies were regularly ridiculed and frankly, their positions today are anything but liberal. Yes, there are a few honest ones who still will acknowledge that their views are to the left, although generally they now prefer to be called “progressives”. Which is fine, especially since it’s a more accurate view of how the direction that they want to take the United States:
Mostly though, leftists (my preferred term) will label themselves everything but what they are. They’ll call themselves “realists”, “non-ideological pragmatists”, etc. although my favorite is hearing when they call themselves “moderates”. To use a favorite example that I explained to a leftist friend of mine a few years ago who was shocked that I was associating with some new group of crazy people she had heard about called “The Tea Party”… “When you live in a place where saying that you voted for George W. Bush gets you looked at like you have two heads but saying that you’re a gay vegan is considered completely normal being mainstream for here (we live in the DC area) just means that we’re out of the mainstream for the rest of the country.”
As I mentioned earlier a favorite tactic leftists use for supporting failed policy ideas is claiming that their bad ideas are actually conservative ones and are only being opposed by Republicans in office today because of something on the lines of that Republicans just hate Obama and will oppose him no matter what he does no matter how great an idea it is.
Even more obnoxious is when leftists who despise Christians start trying to give Bible lessons, seeking some cherry picked quotes that ignore the full context of the book. Full disclosure, I’ve been a Born-Again Existentialist for about 20 years now. Although that timeframe is when I officially recognized my non-belief, I realized that I’ve never deep down, truly believed in God. That said, I don’t share my radical left brethren’s disdain for the Christian faith, far from it. I was raised Catholic, and got a damned good education at a Catholic high school (which ironically, planted the seeds of my Existentialist thought when we read The Stranger in English class). I also appreciate the moral foundation that the church provided. So while I’m hardly a theologian, it is equally irritating and entertaining watching clueless leftists trying to give freelance Bible study lessons. I actually would enjoy seeing them trying to offer similar lessons on the Koran, but for obvious reasons that will never happen.
But in terms of trying to co-opt Christianity, there seems to be no limit to which extremist policies leftist will try to slap a coat of Christianity over to try to delude themselves into some kind of moral high ground. You may or may have not heard the argument that Jesus really doesn’t look like the man portrayed in western art, but probably looks more like your average middle easterner. While I think that the claim over Jesus’ physical appearance is a fair one, it hardly stops there. Among the many things I’ve learned about Jesus from listening to the Radical Left:
Jesus was in favor of big government (and apparently, like any good leftist, didn’t understand the difference between charity and government welfare)
As mentioned earlier, Jesus would have been pro-gay marriage
Jesus would believe in the Church of Climate Change (THAT must make for some interesting dinner table conversations with his dad!)
Jesus would have opposed the war in Iraq, which gave us the delightfully obnoxious bumper sticker slogan “Who would Jesus bomb?” And that led to the perfect response – “The same people as us, only with perfect intel and accuracy.”
The real appeal of the New Deal wasn’t its alleged success, it’s that the New Deal is synonymous with a time when progressives had nearly unfettered political power to do what they wanted. Liberals don’t really worship the New Deal, they worship themselves. The New Deal is just a talisman in their undying faith in their own ability to guide society and make decisions for others better than people can make for themselves.
So when you hear a leftist try to invoke a faith for which they have total disdain in the name of advancing one of their pet causes, keep this image in mind of who it is that they’re worshiping.
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Cross posted from Brother Bob’s Blog