The Progressive Pyramid of “Moral Authority” (6)

pyramid-1990sThe 1990s

In all likelihood the elite Progressive Left were just as bewildered as the rest of us that a serial sexual predator ended up at the top of their pyramid in the 1990s.  Bill Clinton wasn’t anywhere near the ideal of a progressive President.  His willingness to compromise and “triangulate” as a practical politician certainly infuriated the Progressive Left.

And yet, given the collapse of Communism in 1989, Democratic Party president Bill Clinton represented the only remaining vehicle for progressive power.  Were a Democratic President to meet the same political fate as the reviled Republican, Richard Nixon, the demise of the Democratic Party as a viable means to achieving progressive ends would have been significantly harmed.  So, when the Monica Lewinsky scandal broke there was no alternative to protecting President Clinton at all costs.

And, after all, it wasn’t as if the elite Progressive Left hadn’t done something like this before.  Who of my age cannot recall their whitewash of Senator Ted Kennedy’s sexual predator-ship, peaking in his vile, evil behavior when he drove his car into the water at Chappaquiddick and then left his passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne, to die in the sunken car.  Senator Kennedy delivered a (to the twisted minds of the Progressives) bountiful return for that investment when, in 1987, he delivered his infamous “Bork’s America” speech on the Senate floor.

And, the cost of defending President Clinton to the hilt was high indeed.  Although much smaller in magnitude, the Progressive Left’s sudden and unmistakable shift from “sexual harassment is driven by male power” to, in President Clinton’s case, “it’s nobody’s business but ours”  felt like the communist international shifting overnight from anti to pro Nazi Germany after the Nazi–Soviet Pact of 1939.

No less a card carrying Progressive than Maureen Dowd eventually admitted that unprincipled support for President Clinton “killed feminism.”  Here’s the central point from Dowd’s 2016 New York Times column.

The interesting thing about the spectacle of older women trying to shame younger ones on behalf of Hillary is that Hillary and Bill killed the integrity of institutional feminism back in the ’90s — with the help of Albright and Steinem.

Instead of just admitting that he had had an affair with Monica Lewinsky and taking his lumps, Bill lied and hid behind the skirts of his wife and female cabinet members, who had to go out before the cameras and vouch for his veracity, even when it was apparent he was lying.

Dowd explicitly connected the feminist support for Clinton to his usefulness in advancing their policies (emphasis added).

Feminism sort of died in that period,” she told Yahoo News host Katie Couric Monday. “Because the feminists had to come along with Bill Clinton’s retrogressive behavior with women in order to protect the progressive policies for women that Bill Clinton had as president.”

This pathetic betrayal finally achieved it nadir in 1998, when elite journalist Nina D. Burleigh said, on the public record that (asterisks added):

I would be happy to give him a bl***ob just to thank him for keeping abortion legal. I think American women should be lining up with their Presidential kneepads on to show their gratitude for keeping the theocracy off our backs.

Although its true that the feminists took the lead, Bill Clinton’s presidency couldn’t have been saved without full support from the entire Progressive power structure.  And, line up they did in unanimous full throated support for President Clinton, and, moral assassination of any of his credible accusers/detractors.

Prior to Bill Clinton’s ascension, protection had been a consequence of achieving the pyramid’s peak.  With the Clinton case, protection became the purpose for attaining the peak.  Protect him they did, in no small measure to also protect the political future of his spurned wife, Hillary, who served as leader of the “bimbo squad,” a group who destroyed the reputation of any woman victim who was so foolish as to complain publicly of their treatment.

It turned out that these intellectual and moral Progressive giants achieved their short term goal while contributing to the destruction of Hillary’s long term political prospects.  For, in 2016, her previous life as an enabler of male sexual predation came back to haunt her campaign for the Presidency.

But, prior to that cataclysmic event, the elite Progressive Left had quite a successful run.

 

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The Wages of Faux “Moral Authority”

As an aside to our discussion on the Progressive pyramid of moral authority, here are recent examples of how our faux “moral betters” in the Progressive movement use their presumed position to demean all who would dare to express a different point of view.

faux-pelosiNancy Pelosi

I’ll lead with comments by the highest elected Democratic official in the country, Nancy Pelosi, about her plans for outreach to those folks who aren’t completely onboard with the Progressive revolution.

Wow.  On the one hand some conservatives are celebrating about this type of thing, because it ensures eight years of Trump.  Personally, I’m deeply concerned that the highest elected Democratic official in the land has descended to this level of cruel lunacy.  Followers tend to look to their leaders for guidance.

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The Fourth Presbyterian Church (of Chicago)

Next, I recently came across a nice brochure from the Fourth Presbyterian Church (of Chicago) containing one of their November 13 sermons.  The sermon is by Abbi Heimach-Snipes (Pastoral Resident), By Our Endurance We Will Gain Our Souls. This person has plumbed the depths of Christian love in her exposition on Isaiah 12 and Luke 21:5-19.

I woke up Wednesday morning
Heavy, shaking, crying with despair
Not because one person didn’t win
But because one person did. A man with an air
       Of white supremacy
       Settlerism
       Patriarchy
       Homophobia
       Islamaphobia
       Ableism

I’m curious.  Just how does one disprove that they “have an air” of so many evil traits?  How would someone who voted for Mr. Trump defend themselves against the presumption that, they too, have this “air” about them?  And finally, just who are these irredeemable deplorables who voted this man into the Presidency over Hillary Clinton?
Where in the world did Abbi Heimach-Snipes get the idea that this was an acceptable thing to say from the pulpit?  Likely from Fourth’s senior pastor, Shannon J. Kershner, who, in an earlier sermon that day, while pretending to be even-handed, said this.
It is about the impact, the impact that very loud hate is being expressed in some extremely vivid ways since Tuesday night.
In particular, that hate is being expressed primarily by people who look like me or who love like me or who believe like me, expressed against those who do not fit those categories. Allow me to tell you a few stories of which I have firsthand knowledge.
She goes on to list (unverified) cruel statements and actions all by (unverified) people who supposedly supported Mr. Trump for President.  Only in passing did she mention the violence, hate and viciousness that regularly occurs on the Progressive Left.  This is the kind of intellectual fraud that is rampant in her circles.  The Rev. Kirshner went on to say this in her sermon.

If we, people who follow Jesus Christ regardless of our race or class or any of those demographic markers, if we choose to remain silent in the face of such racism, heterosexism, and xenophobia because it is easier that way or because we don’t want to hurt each other’s feelings or because these stories aren’t our stories or because it feels safer to keep each other at arm’s length or because we don’t like conflict or because we are afraid of being seen as partisan—if we, as a congregation and as disciples, do not speak out against the powers and principalities of hatred that have been given permission to be expressed and to flourish, then we are in danger of losing our witness to the crucified and risen Christ.

Yes, all of us irredeemable deplorables who don’t love the Progressive god are haters and worse.  You heard it from the Senior Pastor of the most rich and powerful church in the Presbytery of Chicago.  Now go out there and get in the faces of these sub-human irredeemable deplorables!
Were I a member of Fourth Presbyterian who has sympathy for why someone might not vote for four more years of Progressive governance, or worse, actually voted for Donald Trump, I would burrow deep underground and play dead.  And really, aren’t you, with regard to your moral standing, already dead to the likes of the Rev. Shannon J. Kirshner?
Finally, am I the only one who finds it deeply ironic that Rev. Kirshner says people who “believe like me” are on a hate-filled rampage?  Mirror, meet pastor.

Comment

What can possibly be said about the state of religious belief and practice in the Progressive ranks?  We are told (by our Progressive “betters”) that the Christian thing to do is to look away and pretend that all is well.  And yet, I can’t help but recall what the Westminster Confession says about the Ninth Commandment.  It says that we are bound to avoid [7.255]
… concealing the truth, undue silence in a just cause, and holding our peace when iniquity calleth for either a reproof* from ourselves, or complaint to others …
I didn’t vote for President Trump and am not planning to defend him unless he earns my trust.  However, it’s long past time that we non-Progressives stopped silently allowing the Progressive Left to assault our persons and positions.  No, I don’t mean to respond in kind (i.e., dishonest cruelty).  But rather to defend our theology, ideas and positions with solid information, firmness of purpose and respect for others.
I can already hear the shrieks of Progressive outrage from the previous paragraph’s last three words.  However, only in the warped Progressive moral bubble is criticizing others for claiming to be what their own words show that they aren’t the same thing as hurling cruel epithets at those with whom you disagree.  I have provided links to the primary sources on which my reproof* is made.  You are entitled to disagree, but I, and many others, will no longer accept these outrages in silence.

*reproof:
an expression of blame or disapproval.

The Progressive Pyramid of “Moral Authority” (5)

1980sThe 1980’s

Despite the best efforts of the elite Progressive Left the United States did not descend into bloody revolution.  In fact quite the opposite, for, in November of 1980 the citizens of the United States elected Ronald Reagan to the presidency in a resounding landslide.  Mr. Reagan was a strong free-market conservative and anti-communist.  Clearly, from their point of view, the United States had foolishly chosen to swim against the tide of history.

It apparently hadn’t occurred to them that a strongly Christian country which had endured for centuries as a stable and successful republic, and, whose population had experienced the benefits of generally positive economic growth under a capitalistic economy, wasn’t easily convinced to go communist.  That they thought there was a reasonable chance of success speaks to the level of idiocy and evil to which the Marxist/Communist ideology so regularly leads.

Utter failure in the near term didn’t alter in the least their confident determination to destroy the United States.  Rather, the elite Progressive Left was forced to find a new strategy to achieve this goal.  So, if direct incitement had failed, then a more subtle means was necessary.  That new means was the Peace Movement.

This new strategy had many powerful advantages.  Most critically, it was able to turn all of the strengths of the United States back against itself.

Firstly, Christians know that Jesus Christ had called them to value peace as a primary moral goal.  Certainly most Christian theologies had found ways to support war.  However, war was supposed to be waged only in the outmost extremity.  Yet, The United States in the 20th Century had fought two World Wars, the Korean and Vietnam Wars and had been engaged in a Cold War with the Soviet Union and China for over three decades.  To top it all off, we were living under threat of global destruction were a full scale nuclear war to break out.  How could many citizens be anything but war weary and deeply distressed about the future?

Secondly, the United States, as a democratic republic, has a government whose priorities are powerfully influenced by public opinion.  This in itself is clearly a very good thing.  However, whereas the peace movements in the West were able to influence the policies of their governments, the ruthless communist dictators had no comparable constraint.  Thus, while the peace movements could claim to speak for all of humanity, the only governmental policies that could conceivably be influenced were those of the Western Democracies.

Thirdly, the economic success of democratic capitalism had rendered life fairly comfortable and pleasant.  Thus, there was more free time to contemplate issues beyond survival, and to pursue the ideal of peace.

Thus, in the 1980’s the elite Progressive Left abandoned their previous strategy of support for the tiny minority of revolutionary monsters and embraced one that could conceivably obtain mass support.  Another major advantage was that the vast majority of those participating in the peace movement were people who had the best of intentions.

The propaganda value of placing the Peace Movement at the moral pyramid’s top were:

  1. It enabled the argument that the only legitimate means of pursuing peace was through a policy of unilateral disarmament, appeasement and pacifism
  2. It encouraged the radicalization of a large segment of the U.S. (and Western European) population by convincing them that those who disagreed were not simply wrong and/or ill-informed, but actively evil (i.e., supported, even desired all out war)
  3. If successful, it would materially advance the Soviet Union’s goal of defeating the West’s resistance to the spread of Communism.

Were the peace movements to succeed, that is, to usher in policies of unilateral disarmament in the West, the Communist nations (particularly the Soviet Union) would be able to Finlandize the West if not actually defeat and colonize it.  That is the outcome that would finally (in their fevered imaginations) deliver the power that the elite Progressive Left so lusted after.

And yet, even this strategy was a failure.  President Reagan and Prime Minister Thatcher convinced the West to maintain its credible deterrence against communist intimidation.  President Reagan also initiated a military buildup that stressed the already teetering Soviet economy past its breaking point.  Finally, along with Pope John Paul II, they destroyed the last vestiges of communism’s moral legitimacy.

kosovodemoThe one real success of the Peace Movement was the creation of a significant group of citizens who had become addicted to the psychological drug of “moral/intellectual superiority.”  It turned out that, for the intellectually lazy, the Peace Movement created an amazingly easy path to supposed superiority.  As well described “In the Land of the Rococo Marxists

From the very outset the eminence of this new creature, the intellectual, who was to play such a tremendous role in the history of the twentieth century, was inseparable from his necessary indignation. It was his indignation that elevated him to a plateau of moral superiority. Once up there, he was in a position to look down at the rest of humanity. And it hadn’t cost him any effort, intellectual or otherwise.

This group’s addiction would be successfully used by the elite Progressive Left far into the future to fuel pursuit of their destructive goals.

communistevilIn the end, as a consequence of “peace through strength” and moral delegitimization, the Communist Chinese experienced major social convulsion and the Soviet Union collapsed in 1989.  It is simply undeniable that these regimes were two of the most evil in human history.  It was also the ideology on which the elite Progressive Left hand placed its hopes.  Returning to the land of Rococo Marxism (images added):

goddess-of-democracyAmerican intellectuals of the Adjectival Fascism phase had a terrible year in 1989. In June, Chinese students in Beijing rebelled against the ancien Maoist regime, defied the tanks, and brought out into Tiananmen Square a plaster statue, the Goddess of Democracy, who, with her arm lifted to the heavens, looked suspiciously like the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. Who among the intellectuals ever would have suspected that Chinese dissidents had been looking to America as their model of freedom all along? Then on November 9 the Berlin Wall came down, and in no time the Soviet Union collapsed and its Eastern European empire disintegrated.

berlin-wall-fallIt was a mess, all right-no two ways about that. It made it damned hard to express your skepticism, your cynicism, your contempt, in Marxist terms. “Capitalism,” “proletariat,” “the masses … .. the means of production,” “infantile leftism … .. the dark night of fascism,” or even “anti-fascism”-all these things suddenly sounded, well, not so much wrong… as old.. . “Vulgar Marxism” it came to be called, vulgar in the sense of… unsophisticated.

The important thing was not to admit you were wrong in any fundamental way.

Thus, while the vast majority of humans celebrated the real potential for peace and freedom, the Progressives mourned.  This cataclysmic failure of their ideology would lead to the strangest yet ascension to the top of their moral pyramid in the 1990’s.

The Progressive Pyramid of “Moral Authority” (4a)

1960s70sA Brief Comment

When I published my post on the 1960’s and 70’s ascension of domestic terrorists to the top of the “Moral Pyramid” I had no idea that the Progressive movement would, within days, provide such undeniable confirmation.  For, this week, President Obama:

on his way out the door, Tuesday commuted the effective life sentence of Puerto Rican nationalist-terrorist Oscar Lopez Rivera — an architect of the wave of terror that led to the murder-by-bombing of four at Fraunces Tavern in Lower Manhattan in 1975.

and Governor Cuomo (of New York, emphasis added):

last month gave an early out to one-time Weather Underground conspirator Judith Clark — convicted of murdering two cops and a security guard during the infamous Brinks armored-car robbery in Rockland County in 1981.

It appears that, although the holder to the pyramid’s peak position changes over time, having obtained that “coveted” position confers benefits from the Progressive movement in perpetuity.  Dare to look directly upon this and honestly consider its implications for the future of our nation.

The Progressive Pyramid of “Moral Authority” (4)

1960s70s
The 1960’s & 70’s

The political tumult and moral chaos of the 1960’s allowed elite Progressive hatred for Western Civilization in general and the United States in particular to come out into the open.  Whereas in the 1950’s this ideology had to be cloaked in the language of “martyrs for civil liberties,” in the 1960’s and 70’s the elite Progressives openly supported, encouraged and embraced domestic terrorist groups.  These groups, such as the Black Panthers and SDS/Weather Underground openly promoted and actively conducted violence with the intention to destroy the United States.

The Black Panthers

Their support of the Black Panthers couldn’t have been more obvious.  For example, the notorious case of Leonard Bernstein socializing with the murderous Black Panthers at his Park Avenue home.

… in the duplex on Park Avenue in Manhattan inhabited by conductor Leonard Bernstein, his wife the actress Felicia Cohn Montealegre, and their three children. Bernstein assembled many of his wealthy socialite friends to meet with representatives of the controversial Black Panthers and discuss ways to help their cause.[2] The party was a typical affair for Bernstein, a longtime Democrat, who was known for hosting civil rights leaders at such parties.[3]

A good summary of the Black Panther’s ideology and violence can be found at the History News Network.

The American Black Panthers were probably the most violently racist of all the black groups in the United States. It was founded in 1966 and its leaders promoted their organisation as one which advocated self-help and keeping drugs out of black communities across the United States. The original philosophy behind the Panthers combined militant black nationalism with Marxism-Leninism (later Mao Zedong and Ho Chi Minh would inspire them) and advocated black empowerment and self – defense, often through confrontation. During its heyday, members of the Black Panthers murdered more than a dozen law-enforcement officers. Today, former Panthers Eddie Conway, Mumia Abu-Jamal, H. Rap Brown, Ed Poindexter and David Rice are serving life sentences.

Lest you come to the false conclusion that the Black Panthers only murdered police, the following excerpt is a partial description of other crimes.

Further, the movie makes no mention of his other murders. These include his involvement in the slaying of Panther Party secretary Betty Van Patter and of teenager Kathleen Smith. Newton also confessed to committing the Smith murder and was indicted, though he then fled to Cuba to avoid prosecution. Nonetheless, prior to running off, Newton sent henchmen to kill witness Crystal Gray. When his lieutenants failed in that plot, Newton decided to cover his tracks by arranging for Panther member Nelson Malloy to be fired upon, then buried alive. When Malloy managed to survive, he identified Newton for his role as the planner and organizer of his attempted murder.

If you have the stomach to dig deeper into their vile acts of murder and rape, a couple more articles can be found here and here.

I simply ask, how was it that members of a murderous domestic terrorist organization were welcomed into the “highest” level of American society and to this day treated as role models?  Only by achieving the absolute peak of the Progressive Pyramid could such violence and cruelty be not just overlooked, but actually celebrated as positive contributions.

The Weather Underground

In 1995 Barack Obama launched his political career in Bill Ayers’ living room, the unrepentant leader of the murderous Weather Underground movement.  Bill Ayers, by his own admission was “guilty as sin, free as a bird” with regard to his career as an active domestic terrorist.  He had won acquittal from his admitted crimes and subsequently given a professorship at the University of Chicago.  His wife, Bernardine Dorn, of perhaps even more radical beliefs and vile acts, was a professor at Northwestern University.   A good summary of the Weather Underground can be found here, with the following excerpt a key paragraph.

The most complete statement of Weather Underground philosophy was in the 1974 publication Prairie Fire: The Politics of Revolutionary Anti-Imperialism. It described itself as the “Political Statement of the Weather Underground” and was signed by, among others, Bernardine Dohrn and Bill Ayers. It was dedicated to a page-long list of violent criminals, including Sirhan Sirhan, the murderer of Senator Robert Kennedy. It declared: “We are a guerrilla organization. We are communist women and men, underground in the United States for more than four years…. We made the choice to become a guerrilla organization at a time when the Vietnamese were fighting a heroic people’s war…. In our own hemisphere, Che Guevara urged that we ‘create two, three, many Vietnams to destroy U.S. imperialism.’… Armed struggle has come into being in the United States.”
Earlier in the above linked article, we find the following chilling testimony:

At a recent Washington press conference organized by journalist Cliff Kincaid and the organization he heads, America’s Survival, Inc., Grathwohl described his 1970 meeting with Ayers: …

“Bill went on to describe how Bernardine Dohrn… considered the leader of the Weather Underground, had to plan and commit the bombing of the Park Station in San Francisco. This bomb contained fence staples and was placed on a window ledge during the shift change ensuring the presence of the greatest number of police officers and the greatest possibility of death and injury….

“At the National Council meeting that took place in Flint, Michigan, in late December of 1969, Bernardine Dohrn had praised mass murderer Charles Manson and said ‘The Weatherman is about a communist revolution to destroy the white racist’s society and establish a democratic centralist’s government.’ Furthermore, Bernardine Dohrn wanted everyone at the council meeting to ‘bring the war home and off (kill) their parents.”

How could it have come to pass that these unrepentant evil doers escaped punishment and were rather installed at the highest levels of academia, where they hobnobbed with a future President of the United States?  Of course, by, like the Black Panthers, also achieving the absolute peak of the Progressive Pyramid.

 So, the “progress” that the Progressive Left had achieved from the 1950’s to the 1960’s/70’s was the ability to openly argue for the destruction of the United States and support and protect active domestic terrorists.  The unrepentant monsters of the Weather Underground received the absolute best that this great country has to offer in comfort, influence and prestige.  If you foolishly imagine that they have the slightest gratitude for these outcomes, the following 2001 picture of Bill Ayers provides a conclusive rebuttal.

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These are the people who claim to occupy positions of privileged (or even absolute) moral authority.  They hate Western Civilization in general and the United Stated in particular (and, even more particularly, the individual human beings who make the United States what it is), and seek the destruction of both.  They happily support anyone who demonstrates the ability to implement that destruction through murder and mayhem, be it foreign totalitarian genocidal Communist regimes or domestic terrorists.  They had their coming out party in the 1960’s.  They openly and brutally worked to spark a revolution in the 1970’s, confident of success because they were “on the right side of history.”  It turned out that their deluded, simplistic ideas didn’t work out in practice like they always did in their insular, sophomoric diatribes.

The Progressive Pyramid of “Moral Authority” (3)

1950-topTop of the Pyramid in the 1950’s

In the 1950’s the United States experienced a major diplomatic disruption as the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (the U.S.S.R., also called the Soviet Union) transitioned from a trusted ally in World War Two to a dangerous adversary .  The demarcation line between these two relationships is often drawn at Winston Churchill’s “Iron Curtain” speech delivered on March 5, 1946 at Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri.

“From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the continent.”

As the American public began to absorb this new information and appreciate its import, events occurred that raised the Soviet Union to the level of an existential threat.  On August 29, 1949, they successfully tested an atomic bomb. Thus event caused great shock in the United States because they were not expecting the Soviet Union to attain this technology so quickly.

As a result of these and other shocks, the American public became deeply concerned about the possibility that Communist agents of influence and spies were operating throughout the U.S. government.  An ambitious, irresponsible U.S. Senator, Joseph McCarthy, attempted to use these fears to advance his political career.  The Encyclopedia Britannica summarizes this sequence of events as follows.

After McCarthy’s reelection in 1952, he obtained the chairmanship of the Committee on Government Operations of the Senate and of its permanent subcommittee on investigations. For the next two years he was constantly in the spotlight, investigating various government departments and questioning innumerable witnesses about their suspected communist affiliations. Although he failed to make a plausible case against anyone, his colourful and cleverly presented accusations drove some persons out of their jobs and brought popular condemnation to others. The persecution of innocent persons on the charge of being communists and the forced conformity that the practice engendered in American public life came to be known as McCarthyism. Meanwhile, other government agencies did, with less fanfare, identify and prosecute cases of communist infiltration.

The last sentence of this paragraph is the starting point for the first holders of “presumed absolute moral authority,” by what we now call the Progressive Left.  Those raised to this ultimate level were none other than U.S. citizens who were successful prosecuted as agents of the Soviet Union, with Alger Hiss and Julius and Ethel Rosenberg as the most prominent members of this group.

Based on the fact that an irresponsible, corrupt politician (Joe McCarthy) made unfounded accusations of Communist activity, the Progressive Left chose the party line that all accusations of Communist activity were both false and unAmerican, calling it “McCartyhism.”

Based on this gross generalization, the Progressive Left proceeded to support the claims of innocence by anyone accused of treasonous support to the Soviet Union.  Thus began a multi-generation crusade to deny the guilt of individuals convicted of perjury and espionage.

For the case of Alger Hiss, CBS News published this attempt to vindicate Hiss in 2007.

An author who has researched the Cold War’s most famous espionage case said new evidence suggests another U.S. diplomat, not Alger Hiss, was the Soviet agent who fed U.S. secrets to Moscow.

With regard to the Rosenbergs, as recently as 2015 the Progressive Left was still trying to absolve Ethel of guilt (as even they had apparently given up on Julius).  As reported in the Wall Street Journal:

The media have rushed to the conclusion that this transcript proves the innocence of Ethel Rosenberg. The Guardian proclaimed that these words “could upend the notion that Ethel Rosenberg was guilty of espionage.” Politico explained that Greenglass’s statement “minimizes her role in the spying operations of her husband, Julius Rosenberg, furthering public incredulity about her actual guilt and subsequent execution.”

And yet, conclusive information of their guilt, obtained since well before the above attempts at exoneration was easily available.  With regard to Alger Hiss (although there are many sources, I’m using the CIA since they are currently upheld by the Progressive Left as an unimpeachable source of truth due to the Russian hacking situation).

Although no specific file on Hiss has been released from the KGB or GRU archives, enough material has been found in other files–in Moscow, Eastern Europe, and Washington–to enable historians to write several new works that leave almost no room for doubt about Hiss’s guilt.

With regard to the Rosenbergs, the LA Times (which is not a conservative newspaper) delivered the final bad news in 2008.

But, in fact, Schweikart is right, and Foner is wrong. The Rosenbergs were Soviet spies, and not minor ones either. Not only did they try their best to give the Soviets top atomic secrets from the Manhattan Project, they succeeded in handing over top military data on sonar and on radar that was used by the Russians to shoot down American planes in the Korean and Vietnam wars. That’s long been known, and Sobell confirmed it again last week.

The same LA Times article describes the Progressive Left’s relentless campaign to exonerate all accused of espionage for Communist governments and associated assault on the motives of any accusers.

With these latest events, the end has arrived for the legions of the American left wing that have argued relentlessly for more than half a century that the Rosenbergs were victims, framed by a hostile, fear-mongering U.S. government. Since the couple’s trial, the left has portrayed them as martyrs for civil liberties, righteous dissenters whose chief crime was to express their constitutionally protected political beliefs. In the end, the left has argued, the two communists were put to death not for spying but for their unpopular opinions, at a time when the Truman and Eisenhower administrations were seeking to stem opposition to their anti-Soviet foreign policy during the Cold War.

And this, dear reader, sums up the true character of the Progressive Left.  They are people who for generations, against increasingly overwhelming evidence to the contrary, gave aid and comfort to traitors who enthusiastically served the second-most genocidal regime in human history, the Communist Soviet Union, which posed an existential threat to the United States.  They have also purposefully besmirched the characters of any and all who have publicly argued the opposite position.

Yes, in the 1950’s, the Progressive Left raised Communist traitors to the pinnacle of the Pyramid of “Moral Authority.”  I will discuss the reasons for this appalling fact in due course.

The Progressive Pyramid of “Moral Authority” (2)

progressive-pyramid-0History as Prologue

In order to answer our key questions – “Who occupies the top-spot on the Progressive pyramid of moral authority and how are they chosen?” – we must first consider the historical record.  I’m limiting this review to those decades in which I have lived, those being the 1950’s to the present.  Also, please keep in mind that the “moral authority” under discussion is not that to which I adhere, but rather that which has been assigned by the twisted, destructive reasoning of elite Progressives.  Also, although I have broken the time-line into decades, the periods in discussion need not adhere to these arbitrary demarcations.  Finally, the “top-spot” winner isn’t always obvious.  Thus, suggestions on alternatives are welcome.

The Progressive Pyramid of “Moral Authority” (1)

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Opening Thoughts

In the previous post I said that elite Progressives “clearly do presume to occupy a privileged moral position.”  Although after decades of experience (including numerous memorable personal encounters) I consider this statement to be almost self-evident, there may still be need to explain and support this conclusion.

The obvious Exhibit A is their recent outpouring of fury and hatred after the election of Donald Trump.  As anyone who has followed this blog is well aware, I was not a Trump supporter and did not vote for him (or anyone else).  Clearly I am not a supporter of the Progressive political or theological project.  However, the response of the elite Progressive Left to Trump’s win has exposed the underlying contempt for and hatred of anyone who opposes them in stark relief.  Basically, they have written off almost half of the United State citizenry as “deplorable” monsters.  That is, the people who elected Mr. Trump to the Presidency are not people with whom they disagree, but rather are people whose moral depravity and stupidity has allowed a new Hitler to be elected (you know, just like every single Republican candidate/President for the last 70 years).

After the last eight years of the Obama Presidency one might reasonably think that there are legitimate reasons of policy and competency that would motivate an electorate to desire an alternative to “four more years” of Progressive governance.  For example, over the past eight years we were stunned to learn that the Federal Government:

  • Operated an illegal gun running operation through the ATF (Operation Fast and Furious) that allowed guns to be sold into Mexico that were certainly used to kill many Mexican citizens and at least one US Border Control Agent (Brian Terry).  The kindest appraisal of this conduct is that it arose from incompetence and gross negligence.  Then Attorney General Eric Holder stonewalled Congressional investigation and ultimately no-one in the government was held accountable.
  • Used the powers of the IRS to intimidate and suppress activities of conservative and pro-Israel groups by seeking intrusive levels of information and delaying their applications for non-profit tax status.  The result was that their voices were silenced (thus abrogating their freedom of speech by Federal Government discrimination) in this nation’s political debate.  No-one has been held accountable for this activity.
  • Has been consistently attacking the religious freedom of US citizens, from Obamacare demanding that religious organizations fund abortion to demanding participation in gay weddings to constraining the definition of “religious freedom” to mean only that which occurs during actual worship events.
  • Failed to adequately protect US Government employees associated with our Libya consulate in Benghazi, leading to the murder of four (including our Ambassador) by Islamic terrorist groups.  We know now that the Obama Administration intentionally lied about the event and its causes in order to protect their electoral prospects.  Then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lied in person to the grieving families and called them liars when the dared to complain.
  • Illegal monitoring and harassment of the press, including the Associated Press (reporters’ phone records as part of a leak investigation), Fox News (the Justice Department suggested that Fox News reporter James Rosen was a criminal and monitored his phones and emails) and CBS (the likely hacking of Sharyl Attkisson’s computer) and general bullying (interfered with coverage, including forcing a reporter to wait in a closet, making a reporter delete photos, and editing pool reports, etc.).
  • Oversaw the scandalous failure of the Veterans Administration deliver medical and psychological services (to the point of death while waiting for medical care).
  • Imposed Title-IX to force universities to implement locker and bathroom policies that allowed a man who “felt like” a woman to go in (or vice-versa).
  • Through purposeful deception, entered into a massively flawed agreement with Iran that delivered $150 billion to the world’s largest sponsor of Islamic terror and paid $1.7 billion in what is to all practical purposes a ransom for Iran’s return of US citizens being held there.
  • Mrs Clinton, as Secretary of State, used an illegal, insecure email server for all of her and many of her closest aid’s communication that:
    • Almost certainly allowed foreign governments to obtain our nation’s classified information
    • Allowed her to unilaterally delete tens of thousands of emails that were under Congressional subpoena
    • Was used by President Obama himself (under a pseudonym) who then apparently lied to the nation that he found out about the server in the newspapers with all the rest of us
    • Sullied the reputation of the Justice Department and the FBI
    • Will likely ultimately destroy the lives of some who participated in the illegal activity and associated coverup
  • And numerous others, but my point is made.

As this was going on, anyone who objected was labeled, as Mrs Clinton so vividly described an “‘irredeemable’ ‘basket of deplorables'” who are “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic — you name it.

Did elite Progressives really think that in the face of this onslaught of cruelty, corruption, contempt and cunning the Republican Party electorate would continue to nominate polite, well-meaning people like Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush?  People who are incapable of understanding, let alone fighting back against vile accusations of being Nazis, racists, murderers, sexists, animal torturers, morons, etc., etc.?

No, after eight years of abuse the electorate that opposes Progressive policies decided that only a bare-knuckled street fighter was capable of winning back the Presidency.  They nominated Mr. Trump, supported him through thick-and-thin and turned out to vote him into office.

One might think that there would be a period of quiet soul-searching after such a stunning  rejection by popular majorities in enough states to easily elect Mr. Trump.  However, the exact opposite has occurred, as Progressives on social media and in person have unburdened themselves in revealingly destructive ways.

Unfortunately, it’s likely that Mr. Trump and some of his supporters will match the nastiness and cruelty of their Progressive opposition.  In that case, the United States will have taken another step down the road to ruin.

Elite Progressives feel free to behave this way because of their sense of superior moral authority.  From their perspective, since they always and completely represent the forces of truth and justice, anyone who opposes them must be in the service of “evil.”  And, they are sure that “evil” must be destroyed by any and all means necessary, certainly including (particularly over the last eight years) using the awesome powers of government in illegal ways.

The fact is that, although the Progressive movement has taken a major hit, they still control the commanding heights in most major institutions.  It is from these places of privilege and power that their counter-assault will originate.  And, a key component will be the definition and use of a “pyramid of moral authority” with which they can confuse and intimidate their fellow citizens into renewed submission.

Only if we take the time to understand and have the courage to oppose, regardless of who is wilding these tactics, can a better path for our nation be found.  That is, the elite Progressives will only stop if their current methods fail, and, if they don’t fail, then the Populist movement may well resort to similarly destructive schemes.  That’s a recipe for civilizational suicide.