Why The Unearned Moral High Ground Of The Left Is Actually Self Righteous Bullying Laziness

I don't believe it possible to say it with any greater eloquence than the above quote laid out by Penn Jillette. There is a vast difference between compassion, and forcing others to be compassionate on your behalf. Government Largess ostensibly for humanitarian reasons, no matter how well intentioned by the sincere advocates of that policy, is nothing more than a self righteous bullying laziness. One of the great epiphanies that I've made, after seeing America twice elect to our highest office the single least qualified person in any room that he enters, is that the pop culture and use of our language is indeed of major importance in our national debate. It is the use of the language and the pop culture that has allowed the political left to claim the moral high ground on social issues. They have achieved this long held goal of theirs, despite the fact the there is not one single piece of their argument which would make this state of perceived moral superiority deserved. They have successfully redefined terms, objectives, and values, all in order to obfuscate truth in a manner I still find hard to believe.

For those of you who believe that the pop culture is not important, I would submit that you are more than just wrong, but delusional as well. In every Presidential election America has ever had, it has been the pop culture of the day that has determined the winner. For some reason, we on the political right have been so busy working on our eloquence in presenting arguments to the arena of ideas, we've forgotten the most important rule in winning debate. Cool kids win regardless of how well they've debated. Andrew Breitbart knew this secret, Greg Guttfeld understands it, Michelle Malkin sees it, and Penn Jillette is the absolute master of it.

People don't buy the Socialist Dystopian nightmare because they wish to inflict its ravages upon themselves and others, they buy it because caring is sexy. They buy it because they can point to their bigger hearts, and point us out as animals ready to kick puppy dogs and push granny off of the proverbial cliff. The message is a lie however, and we must find a way to attack that lie with something other than whining complaint. Our message is cool. We want each person to have the freedom to determine for themselves what they want out of life, and to afford them the opportunity to achieve that, without the choking constriction of government opposition. More appealing than the constant class warfare, is the truth that a free market economic system allows unfettered class mobility, for all who desire to avail themselves of such. We don't bend our knees to royalty, since all men are created equal.

Cross Posted from Musings of a Mad Conservative.

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Comment by Frank Chance Chenoweth on April 30, 2014 at 9:16am

Thanks, John.  But his open borders and drug policies make him more liberal than Libertarian, in my book.  And while I can't be sure, it seems like I've seen him supporting a lot of Democrats in elections.  Do you know his position on abortion?


The term "Libertarian" seems to cut a broad swath across the ideological plain.




Comment by John Wiseman on April 30, 2014 at 8:10am

Frank, Penn is not a big Liberal, he's the opposite.  Penn Jillette has always been a Libertarian, and that is a different animal entirely.  There has been no bigger supporter of the Second Amendment, or free market economics.  He is a fierce opponent of Social Welfare programs and the EPA.  Where he will differ from many here is on his immigration beliefs, as he is a staunch open borders guy.  He also wants to legalize all drugs, and prostitution.  

Comment by Frank Chance Chenoweth on April 30, 2014 at 7:36am

It is interesting to read that Penn Jillette. He's a big liberal. But it is a great quote. He also guest starred in one of my all-time favorite Miami Vice episodes, "The Prodigal Son" (the two-hour 1985-86 season premiere).

Comment by Gail Cohen on April 30, 2014 at 12:56am

Conservatives need to figure out how to make friends with comedians and talk show hosts in order to get a platform - and if they get the platform how to portray conservative values and common sense as "cool" and progressivism as old as paint and very harmful - we have to learn to master satire.

Comment by Jo Gonzalez on April 29, 2014 at 11:15pm

The continual BrainWashing and Indoctrination by the Media, makes it difficult to get any message out, except what they want to tell people.       They are programmed Leftists, and it is everywhere you look,t.v., news, magazines,all Media almost, is streaming this stuff.       Lauding the Utopian Life Style of no responsibility, no accountability, and buying into this constant Diatribe, of "caring" and "fairness".       What is "caring" and "fairness" when you expect Others to pay for it, whether they agree or not?

Comment by Gail Cohen on April 29, 2014 at 11:05pm

On another site, I actually see progressives calling me a liar and said ALL conservative groups were approved - how can they say that?

Comment by SFWhite on April 29, 2014 at 9:35pm

Great article!

Comment by Dennis Langston on April 29, 2014 at 7:54pm

A dear friend , a self proclaimed liberal by birth and ideology was astounded when he learned that I, a selfish uncaring conservative actually DID for those needing help and GAVE to those in need even when it caused me to temporarily do without. I still haven't convinced him he is actually a conservative, but he now calls himself an Independent rather than a Democrat.

Comment by Steve Merkel on April 29, 2014 at 7:37pm

President Franklin Pierce vetoed a wealth redistribution bill thusly: "The question presented, therefore, clearly is upon the constitutionality and propriety of the Federal Government assuming to enter into a novel and vast field of legislation, namely, that of providing for the care and support of all those among the people of the United States who by any form of calamity become fit objects of public philanthropy."

President Grover Cleveland vetoed a similar bill: "I can find no warrant for such an appropriation in the Constitution...Federal aid in such cases encourages the expectation of paternal care on the part of the government and weakens the sturdiness of our national character."

Now we have entered that "novel and vast field of legislation" with no end in sight. The light at the end of the tunnel is accompanied by a loud blast of a warning horn.

Comment by Ron Wiggins on April 29, 2014 at 7:35pm

Thanks John for sharing this time proven truth.

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