14 years ago I bought an available domain name for Occam’s Razor, created a few HTML pages in the Dreamweaver editor, and figure out how to upload them, all because I felt that I had to let out what was inside of me. There was grief and anger of course with the World Trade Center site still a smoking heap of rubble and ash, and while my anger flamed white hot in my heart for the men who murdered those innocents, the they were not the focus of my writing and my were incidental characters in my first published essay, “Rohrschach Test for the Left.” Instead that essay, and The (Occam’s) Razor that I slowly built around it, was inspired by the self-delusion and self-hatred of the politically correct Left that justified the attacks in the days immediately after the attacks.
Coming of age in the 1980s I was subjected to PC dogma in college, and watched it infect the Left that I identified with at the time and gradually change the American Left from a grassroots supported ideology rooted in classical liberal thought into an elitist derived identity based movement we find today. Looking back it is clear to me that I witnessed the transition from the labor, class struggle oriented Left of the pre-1960s to the Academic-based neo-Marxist Left. This Left had little to do with the government programs that kept my family alive during the Depression or helped my father find a job after the War, but the draft-dodging elites of the 1960s who had survived in the Ivory Tower and become ascendant by educating an entire generation of policy makers derived not from the working class but from the Bourgeoisie.
There was no shared experience between working class leftists like me and the Leftists that controlled the college campuses at the time. They saw me as a “Reagan Democrat” and I saw them as arrogant, narrow minded fools who had been cocooned for so long from reality that they had no concept what the world was like. The Clinton era turned out to be the last gasp of the old Left, the Democratic Party of JFK, LBJ and FDR.
The jump from America’s college campuses to the government by this elitist-derived Left was first attempted in Howard Dean’s candidacy of 2004, and was resurrected by his takeover of the DNC the eventually lead to the election of Barack Obama.
Obama is one of them. He was picked from Academia and pushed into increasingly higher levels of power by academics or their acolytes in power. Obama represented them completely. First for a group that is nearly all white but ashamed of their skin color (known euphemistically as “white privilege”) he was a minority. But unlike minority politicians like Jesse Jackson he had been educated by them and shared their belief that America is the root of all evil in the world, and that our nation could only be saved by a repentant America apologizing to the world for our sins, embracing our enemies, and dropping our allies who supported our evil in the world.
Starting with his Apology Tour in 2009 Obama did just that, following it up with the “reset button” with Russia, an extended hand to Iran and rude gestures towards American allies such as the UK and Israel. He then let Iraq fall into Iran’s hands and ignored what he once called the “good war” in Afghanistan. He put into practice exactly the foreign policy the elitist Left had been demanding for years because the Constitution grants that power to the Executive, but was stymied by domestic opponents from putting into place their domestic agenda.
Now they control not only America’s campuses but they control our government, and worse, they even control our military. If America is the root of all the world’s problems, why are the problems getting worse without American involvement? Shouldn’t they get better?
America is not the root of all evil in the world no matter how many books Chomsky writes or how many professors say it is so. America created a worldwide unseen in the world since Augustus Caesar ruled 2000 years ago. Pax Americana was not perfect, but it did allow the world to prosper, with nation after nation achieving prosperity during its watch. The ranks of the middle class grew under Pax Americana in ways that the average ancient Roman, 95% of whom lived in abject poverty, would marvel at. It also allowed the freedom of an elite to coalesce around an idea that would eventually lead to its demise.
Today a morally and economically bankrupt Russia invades any territory it desires without consequence. In the US a wealthy elite rigs the economic system against small business and the working class. A group of jihadis too radical for al Qaeda now hold sway over the very territory purchased through American blood a decade ago. Red-lines crossed in Syria and a “leading from behind” effort in North Africa creates a tsunami of refugees in Europe. China extends its territory and influence without constraint. A decade ago the sound of North Korea rattling its cage would have made the headlines. Today it barely warrants mentioning.
14 years ago I saw the enemy and it was us – or rather the Left. At the time I was determined but hopeful that 9-11 would shake the Left off of its anti-American foundation, but it didn’t. And the results are self-evident.
I’ll admit I am pissed. Their ideology was always so naive and lacking in detail. The world could have been so much better if we had kept the levers of power from them, but we failed and now everyone from the retired nurse who’s trying to live on the pittance of interest from her pension in Chicago to the Iraqi Christian trying to stay alive in her homeland pays the price.