This Bushite regime is not the problem. It's only the symptom --albeit a most dangerous and urgent symptom-- of a much larger moral crisis in America. Our society has polarized around morality, leaving each side of the divide with its own moral blind spot and, through those blind spots, evil has been able to advance in the whole cultural system.
The conservatives have lost the ability to see the difference between good and evil-- and as a result they've given power to evil forces that have fooled them with a false righteousness. The liberals, in recent decades, have become blind to how real and important that difference between good and evil is- and as a result they have. first, countenanced the spilling into American culture of a corrosive moral anarchy and, second, have stood by --with the innocence of fools--while evil forces have risen to power on the right.
Some groundwork for understanding evil
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And a few days before that, I wrote about the need for liberals to be able to deal with opponents not only with the tools of bridge-building but also with those of battle-waging.
Before I return with my solution to that puzzle of the rulers who destroy what they say they love, I'd like to lay a little additional groundwork.
And one place to start is to look at bit more at the blind spot of the liberals. The reason, after all, that the liberals have tended to think that it's always right to deal with oppoonents by building bridges is that they believe it is enlightened always to see in one's opponent someone to whose goodwill one can successfully appeal. In other words, their way of dealing with opponents in an unvaryingly "nice" way is a function of a basic naivete about the realities of evil in the human realm. Not every opponent can be reached by an appeal to his "good will," as Gandhi himself eventually noted with regret (in the case of Hitler).
To understand why evil behaves as it does, it is necessary first to recognize that evil is part of the human reality we confront.
The liberal naivete exemplified
How slow American liberals have been, however, to pick up the sulphurous scent of the elephant in the American room-- that evil forces have taken over our country.
Once one concedes that point, however, the debate has essentially been lost. The most important truth of our times has effectively been sealed in the closet. And the elephant has again been left, unremarked, to keep stinking up the room.
Did you ever think that perhaps there was some good reason that the American people have had anxiety about entrusting America's national security, in a world containing bad guys, to post-sixties liberals?