NEW YORK, April 16, 2013 — Last week, Tulane Professor and television host, Melissa Harris Perry appeared in a “Lean Forward” television promo for her network, MSNBC.
In it she said, “We have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents … and recognize the kids belong to whole communities …”
Though these comments shocked many people, they encapsulate the entire ideology of modern-day Liberalism, and open a window into statism, the belief that a government should control either economic or social policy, or both, to some degree. (Wiki)
Finding refuge with like-minded rebels of tradition, liberals unite with people who share their values. In this they form a community that attempts to take take everyone along on their “leap into freedom.”
Liberal ideology centers upon this idea of “community,” where the wants of the individual are subordinated to the needs of the state. In upholding the character of the community, liberals position the state as the center of morality and the origin of justice.
When we make the state a synonym for justice, government becomes a form of God-figure, allowing for the acceptance of the groupthink mentality suggested by Harris-Perry. With such a mentality, it is believed that there is nothing you can invest in your child that cannot be done better by government
In this ideology, there is no system of values that the state cannot drill into the heads of your children better than you, thus making the giving of yourself and your children over to the state not only acceptable, but also just.
With the state as the center of our morality, we then think that all other justice-loving people must do the same. We believe that we are good, hence other good people must think as we do.
This type of thinking justifies the use of force to bring others into compliance with what we consider just.
Only not everyone wants to be a part of the collective, wearing the team colors as cogs in a machine. Cheerleaders for the community concept think that those not walking up to the community font, are deluded, if not evil.
Community leaders believe that if only they could have more time, more money, and more power to help us all see things their way, the community could finally be of one heart and one mind. Utopia where you are assuredly better off if only the rich pay more and we allow just one, or two, or three of our pesky Constitutional freedoms erode.
Liberal ‘groupthink’ mentality is just the logical side effect of the communal identity of the statist. Because in this community, the individual is dominated under the will of the state.
In forgoing this individual freedom, the statist forgoes individual responsibility leaving all decisions to be made by someone else. But, just as in a herd of cattle, no one can take up this mantle of duty.
That is of course, until a charismatic and eloquent leader comes along and steers the herd in the way he thinks best.
Leaders will go unquestioned as long as they can be traced to a former action. The herd will move in that direction, as long as the changes are slow and subtle.
Why else do you think the defenders of liberalism are always looking for a leader? Because the community herd requires a leader direct their movements and channel their momentum.
This is even how they view their opponents, as they find the most popular or powerful of their opposition, and seek to muddy his reputation.
Liberalism however, still has a formidable opponent in conservatism, an ideology in which the individual is supreme, as it recognizes that all humans are created equal.
It is from this equality of their humanity that comes their equality under law. As all humans are accepted to have an equal ability to reason right from wrong, the idea of freedom is permitted.
Conservatives believe in the natural rights of life, liberty and property, to which all humans have an equal share, and to which no man or government can justly infringe. They also believe that society writes its laws to reflect these laws of nature, so that the citizen may be secure in his freedom.
The conservative also believes in the freedom of the individual, to live his life how he sees fit, according to his conscience. They also understand the importance of individual responsibility, and the dangers of mob mentality.
Conservatives know that values are no more than subjective desires and that virtues are objective, the true aim of a just society. The conservative believes that it is not only illogical but impossible to give up more freedom, more money, and more power to another man in order to be freer, more prosperous or more secure.
Conservatism and liberalism are the two dominant philosophies in the world today, both of which continue to struggle for the soul of America. One in which it is believed that the people make the moral law, by the uniting of their values into a community. The other, that the moral law makes the people, through the self-governance of free and virtuous citizens.
Though it is today known as conservatism, this last ideology is also known as Classical Liberalism.
It is the philosophy of those who built America, and proved to a watching world that a nation so dedicated to individual freedom, and the self governance of a virtuous people is not only possible but right.
It is because this philosophy of freedom and virtue is Right, that Melissa Harris-Perry is wrong.
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