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The Left’s Contempt for Middle-Class Values

leftist protesters middle class valuesWhen I was in graduate school, I learned a lot about the left.

One lesson was that while most liberals and conservatives abide by society’s rules of order and decency, most leftists do not feel bound to live by these same rules.

I watched the way leftist Vietnam War protesters treated fellow students and professors. I watched left-wing students make “nonnegotiable demands” of college administrations. I saw the Black Panthers engage in violence—including torture and murder—and be financially rewarded by leftists.

Today, we watch leftist mobs scream profanities at professors and deans, and shut down conservative and pro-Israel speakers at colleges. We routinely witness left-wing protesters block highways and bridges, scream in front of the homes of conservative business and political leaders, and surround conservatives’ tables at restaurants while shouting and chanting at them.

Conservatives don’t do these things. They don’t close highways, yell obscenities at left-wing politicians, work to ban left-wing speakers at colleges, smash the windows of businesses, etc.

Why do leftists feel entitled do all these things? Because they have thoroughly rejected middle-class, bourgeois, and Judeo-Christian religious values.

Leftists are the only source of their values. Leftists not only believe they know what is right—conservatives, too, believe they are right—but they also believe they are morally superior to all others. Leftists are Ubermenschen—people on such a high moral plane that they do not consider themselves bound by the normal conventions of civics and decency. Leftists don’t need such guidelines; only the non-left—the “deplorables”—need them.

In August 2017, University of Pennsylvania law professor Amy Wax wrote a column for the Philadelphia Inquirer in defense of middle-class values. She and her co-author cited a list of behavioral norms that, as Wax put it, “was almost universally endorsed between the end of World War II and the mid-1960s.”

They were: “Get married before you have children and strive to stay married for their sake. Get the education you need for gainful employment, work hard, and avoid idleness. Go the extra mile for your employer or client. Be a patriot, ready to serve the country. Be neighborly, civic-minded, and charitable. Avoid coarse language in public. Be respectful of authority. Eschew substance abuse and crime.”

She later wrote in The Wall Street Journal, “The fact that the ‘bourgeois culture’ these norms embodied has broken down since the 1960s largely explains today’s social pathologies—and re-embracing that culture would go a long way toward addressing those pathologies.”

For her left-wing colleagues at Penn Law School, this list was beyond the pale. About half of her fellow professors of law—33 of them—condemned her in an open letter. And Wax wrote in the Journal, “My law school dean recently asked me to take a leave of absence next year and to cease teaching a mandatory first-year course.”

The Pennsylvania chapter of the left-wing National Lawyers Guild condemned her for espousing bourgeois values and questioned “whether it is appropriate for her to continue to teach a required first-year course.”

As regards traditional Jewish and Christian codes of conduct, just read the left’s contempt for Vice President Mike Pence’s religiosity. They fear him more than President Donald Trump solely for that reason.

One would think that leftists, as sensitive as they are to sexual harassment of women, would admire Pence’s career-long policy of never dining alone with a woman other than his wife. On the contrary, they mock him for it.

With such high self-esteem and no middle-class, bourgeois, or Judeo-Christian values to guide them, many leftists are particularly vicious people.

The opening skit of “Saturday Night Live” this past weekend—Matt Damon’s mockery of Judge Brett Kavanaugh—provided a timely example.

It is unimaginable that a prominent conservative group or individual would feature a skit mocking Kavanaugh’s accuser Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. Indeed, Kavanaugh noted his 10-year-old daughter’s prayer for his accuser, and a political cartoonist promptly drew a cartoon with her praying that God forgive her “angry, lying, alcoholic father for sexually assaulting Dr. Ford.”

Is there an equally prominent conservative public figure on the right who has ever said “F— Obama!” on national television just as Robert De Niro shouted, “F— Trump!” at the recent Tony Awards?

Now, why would De Niro feel he could shout an obscenity at the president of the United States with millions of young people watching him? Because he is not constrained by middle-class or Judeo-Christian moral values.

In Nietzsche’s famous words, De Niro, like other leftists, is “beyond good and evil,” as Americans understood those terms until the 1960s.

In 2016, at a Comedy Central roast of actor Rob Lowe, the butt of the jokes was Ann Coulter, not Lowe. They mostly mocked her looks, and if there is something crueler than publicly mocking a woman’s looks, it’s hard to identify. For example, “Saturday Night Live” cast member Pete Davidson said, “Ann Coulter, if you’re here, who’s scaring the crows away from our crops?”

There surely are mean conservatives—witness some of the vile comments by anonymous conservative commenters on the internet. And it is a moral scandal that Ford has received death threats.

The difference in left-wing meanness is the meanness of known—not anonymous—people on the left. They don’t hide behind anonymity because they do not feel bound by traditional notions of civility, for which they have contempt.

Now you can understand why the left hates Pence, a man who has, by all accounts, led a thoroughly honorable life. He—and other evangelical Christians and Orthodox Jews—tries to live by a code that is higher than him.

That ethic is what Ubermenschen seek to destroy. They are succeeding.

Reprinted with permission from - The Daily Signal - by Dennis Prager

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Rexford O Ames
1 year ago

Unfortunately. What I just read is very real! I as many of my fellow soldiers that came home from the Vietnam conflict can testify. We have always had them. I was very, very surprised, that Matt Damon was involved with that segment of society. Mr. Di Niro and Mr,Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep, to name a few, have behaved in that manner. Not surprising, many of the ” Hollywood” type have made a name for themselves in this manner, with a lot of help by their respective managers ( controllers)! Hollywood, is turning more, and more to the Negative. As… Read more »

Drue
1 year ago

Fortunately I am a product of the post WWII era. Veteran father with good values. Mother the same. No divorce, married until death. Led quiet,law-abiding life, no arrests, drug use, etc. Worked over 55 .years, am now retired. I look around and wonder what has happened to our country. I do not worry about our future, but I am concerned for my sons and grand sons. I think what will happen is the left will push just a little to far and something ominous may happen. Glad we still have the second amendment. I pray for our country and our… Read more »

Brian B
1 year ago

Alexis De Tocqueville traveled to America in the 1830s to discover the reasons for the incredible success of this new nation. He later wrote: “I sought for the key to the greatness and genius of America in her harbors. ….; in her fertile fields and boundless forests; in her rich mines and vast world of commerce; in her public school system and institutions of learning. I sought for it in her democratic Congress and in her matchless Constitution. Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of… Read more »

Sam Campano
1 year ago

I don’t think they are succeeding. Actually i see and I believe most Americans see them as dangerous and unwanted. And by most American I mean all Americans that espouse the values talked about in the article. Not just whites but blacks, Spanish, Asian, ET AL. They act quietly and anonymously because they know how out of control the democratic base is. They realize that it has become unconscionable to call yourself a democrat but fear speaking publicly. Not only do they, “Trumpers” and those just coming on board, now know or at the least are awakening to how powerful… Read more »

Bob
1 year ago

I have said this before and will continue to say it, hit them in the mouth and them to the ground. The reason they keep running their big mouths and displaying violence is because nobody is challenging them. Once you knock them down they will be humiliated and crawl back to their mommies. It is the same action you would take against a bully, which in fact is what these clowns are portraying. I am not for crazy violence by us but there comes a time when enough is enough and we have to take a stand.

Dr. Hooper
1 year ago

I am 72 years of age and have seen the foundations of our nation crack and begin to crumble from within during my lifetime. I remember what it was like in the 50s and how it began to change in the 60s. Except for God’s intervention, our “special” republic, as a historic beacon and bastion for religious freedom and individual liberty, will surely fall into mediocrity and ruin. Only God, not man’s devices, can prevent it from happening.

Carol L. Baril
1 year ago

SInce the left controls higher education (see most colleges and universities today), this continuing slide into barbarism will continue until all people of morality will either be dead or enslaved! God help America! This is what happened to Sodom and Gomorrah, so what makes us think destruction can’t happen to us? Those useful idiots of the left won’t like where they end up!

PaulE
1 year ago

This is nothing new. This has been the case for decades. The left has always distained American values and considered themselves exempt from being held to those standards. They envision themselves as being above the ignorant masses and thus fit to rule over others. The only thing that has changed is the left is much more open about that now. They no longer have to mask their true intentions and feelings behind carefully crafted obfuscation and misdirection. They have successfully churned out two generations of Americans that have been largely dumbed-down and well indoctrinated to view the values of socialism… Read more »

Rick
1 year ago

We can only hope they’ve finally overplayed their hand with the Supreme Court dog-and-pony show, and the real America will finally stand up and vote!

Susabella
1 year ago

You forgot to mention the way the leftists treated the returning soldiers. Some of whom are still affected by the hate spewed at them.

Chris H
1 year ago

I like your term, “non-left.” As a quiet member of the non-left, I was weeded out of the public school faculty in a liberal state in 2010 (a few years before retirement). I’m sure there are others in the same boat. Members of the left are so easily led by those who wish to do harm to folks that have the Judeo-Christian values mentioned in the article.

Mike M
1 year ago

Sad, but unfortunately true.

Dee
1 year ago

I agree the leftist or beginning of this country turning to socialist ideas started in the 60’s when Madame O’hara won and the bible and religious assembly’s were taken from our schools. I remember petitioning with my church group to send to congress to ask that they would not to this to no avail. I was 14 years old then. That’s when I started praying for my country and I have not stopped to this day. I know when I say something to my friends they keep telling me that God is still in control but at times I wonder.… Read more »

Ronald Smith
1 year ago

I grew up at a great time My Father taught us the true values of hard work & when the work was done play for a while. That was part of my families culture I found out as I read my family history back into the 1800;s. I learned to respect the flag & our Constitution. My Father as well as his father and so on back were Ranchers and invested in stocks and bonds. They started banks and other business along with their other business. I served in the U. S. Navy for a while, until I received a… Read more »

Thomas H
1 year ago

Although I was young, I still remember the sea change in values which took place the 60s. It seemed that the spirit of the Antichrist was given full permission to enter our country! Many of the Boomer generation became belligerent against the ways of the Greatest Generation, and, for some strange reason, that generation looked the other way and allowed these changes to happen. In my strict household, that which was banned only a few years earlier was now encouraged because “we had to keep up”. Just read the words of the song “The times, they are a-changing” to see… Read more »

David Cole
1 year ago

I have read with pride because of the faith, hope and love of neighbor reflected in the comments of the readers of Amac and their belief in the Judeo-Christian values that have resulted in this great country where everyone in the rest of our planet want to come and enter, legally or otherwise. Keep up the faith, keep up the comments, share your concern with everyone you know. May our pulpits awake and become the clarion call to repent (turn around) and walk the talk of the right thinking men of faith. My hope after 87 years of seeing past… Read more »

Edward Ludwig
1 year ago

My wife and I watch a lot of the movie and tv shows and we google some of the old actors that have passed on. a lot of them were married for life and did great things other than acting. along with Rexford’s comment, I remember these radical hippies asking me how many babies I had killed and have had projectiles thrown at me while in uniform.The proceeding generations are a product of the left wing hippy generation and they’ve been taught that resistance is the way to go and conservative values are to be tossed aside. But I fear… Read more »

Dave
1 year ago

What do the radical left want, what kind of society would satisfy them ? It is impossible to have a civil discussion when the activists won’t stop yelling, a person has to wonder if they see their reflection in the eyes of those they are so fearful.

Phyllis poole
1 year ago

These people we call leftists are actually the devils workers. He is coy -they have no idea they are working for him. They as we all do have another life and then they will know!

Burton Pauly
1 year ago

Actually the left is anti anything that is Real USA Citizenry. and anti our real laws. The constitution, and bill of rights. But we do not desire to adhere to European type law and order to appease them. So get a life all you leftist.

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