COLORADO SPRINGS, October 27, 2013—Addressing the Democratic National Committee’s Women’s Leadership Forum on Friday, Joe Biden spilled the beans. He told the assembled group that the TEA Party represents the biggest threat to their “collective agenda.” He meant, of course, their “collectivist agenda,” but he can be forgiven for making another verbal gaffe.
This is the problem for the socialists who have taken over the Democrat Party: how to sound moderate and even caring while at the same time pursuing a radical collectivist agenda.
Conservatives can also be forgiven for not really understanding the left. Many regularly waste time and energy pointing out the supposed hypocrisy of the left. For example, they point out that while the Democrat-controlled Congress foisted Obamacare on the American people against our will, they managed to exclude themselves. While they claim to be the party of equality, they give themselves special privileges; they elevate themselves into a ruling class.
This is supposedly hypocritical or inconsistent. It’s not. It is merely the difference between the public talking points and the real agenda. Human beings find it very difficult to hold two opposing ideas in their head at the same time. When they try, the result is “cognitive dissonance.” If it is not resolved it can lead to very serious psychological problems. Sometimes, however, it just comes out as a verbal gaffe.
Psychologists call this a Freudian slip, or “parapraxis.” It reveals a hidden thought. While a single person may be able to hide their own agenda, a large group of people cannot. Thus the American left reveals their true attitudes and goals on a regular basis. Biden’s address to a friendly audience in friendly surroundings—the Newsuem in Washington D.C.—is just the latest one.
Biden’s topic was retaking the House of Representatives. Why does he want to do that? So they can move the agenda forward. What is the agenda? He says it is the cause of women’s rights.
But is it really?
He said that the TEA Party would “roll back” women’s rights. There are two problems with that statement. The first is that there is no such party. People who identify with the TEA Party do not identify with a political party but rather with certain core principles. Those principles are limited government, fiscal responsibility, and free markets. The second follows from the first: limited government means protecting individuals from government infringement on their rights.
In short, his entire premise is a red herring. He doesn’t really care about women’s rights nor does he think that the TEA Party is out to get women. It is merely a ploy to get more Democrats elected by playing to the gullibility of his audience, by telling them what they want to hear.
This is what passes for discussion and policy debate in America now: Talking points thrown out by the left and endlessly repeated by media and other willing dupes. Find an enemy, polarize it, and freeze it. It’s Alinsky 101. Get people elected and then we can enact our agenda.
That kind of debate doesn’t move America’s agenda forward, it moves the collectivist agenda of the democratic socialists forward.
This is what happened in Colorado this year. The Democrats won back the state House and kept the senate. They passed civil unions and all mail-in ballot elections, two things the voters had rejected. They passed gun control laws, something the people were so opposed to that they recalled two state senators and are in the process of recalling a third.
The message of the recalls was simply this: politicians are elected to represent the people, not their own agenda or the agenda of special, moneyed interests.
To understand the goals and objectives of that agenda takes time and careful analysis, the kind of time few of us actually take. We hear politicians speak, we hear sound bites and we half listen. They all tell us what they think we want to hear. We think we understand because the words sound familiar. Politicians know how to use words to their advantage. They know how to say something while seeming not to say it. We need to listen closely to get the true meaning.
If we become careful consumers of political discourse, we can learn the truth—and the truth will keep us free.
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