I do not know Emmett Rensin but after reading this, I think he is as full of shit as a Christmas turkey, but that is not me being “smug”, it is just an observation.
He might have a point about there being a “moral difference or policy divergence” between the left and the right but for the fact that it has been proven over and over and over again (and well documented) that what they claim is “moral difference or policy divergence” is rooted in belligerent ignorance, Biblical judging and void of real policy knowledge. So I fail to see how we can be guilty of not accepting what is not even established fact.
Some may indeed express their incredulity in a “smug style” because it is rather an odious thing to behold and one can be forgiven for not respecting the idiocy. It is sad, but it IS that simple. It is not “theory”, it is proven fact “that conservatism, and particularly the kind embraced by those out there in the country, was not a political ideology at all”. It just isn’t and their repeated hypocrisy proves it is not even a remotely closely held principle as they abandon it at every turn when it suits or benefits them. They may well rail against “welfare” but they line up for the free clinic trucks too.
He also wrongly claims we think “stupid hicks don’t know what’s good for them”. Of course they do, they just choose to wallow in their blame and anger rather than reach for solutions that prove their idiocy and hypocrisy. They are not “getting conned by right-wingers and tent revivalists”, they seek them out for affirmation of their hate, bigotry, racism, and for reinforcement that their moral superiority is rooted in proof of white supremacy and heritage. Voting against their own self-interest is not what they mean to do, they are voting against the “others” getting any support, even if it hurts them too.
His level of maturity is further proved by claiming we all develop the “disdain cultivated in the aftermath of a divide quickly exceeds the original grievance. You lose somebody. You blame them”. Well no, you might, but WE don’t. At least the grown-ups in the room don’t. We have the capacity to know that we contributed to the breakup by what we did or did not choose to do.
Liberals chose to lift up the burdened and the most expedient way to do that was at the expense of the rest of us. That hurt those with little charity in their humanity and a baffling array of disdain for the poor, immigrant, gender bending and struggling we all came from.
I do not believe they were ever our “allies” and when the Democrats started to embrace Civil Rights and equality (which Southern Democrats were not steeped in), they started leaving. Nor are they “rubes” by any means; they sought and often helped create the right-wing media that feeds their hate. And no, I do not want to “win” and make progress so badly that I will ever agree to respect that mindset.
If it makes you feel guilty to be called a “smug liberal” think how ‘great’ it would feel to be Ann Coulter’s friend. In reality we are not “smug”; we are deeply troubled and puzzled that so many chose regression and isolation rather than understanding and equality. And if the right-wing is not “smug” in their disdain for us, the media that does not toe their line and government that does not reflect their moral code, what the hell are they?
I will agree that the internet made some of it much worse, but it also offers a world of rebuttal and refutation if you are willing to look for it. A liberal is much more likely to be disturbed by their own Facebook or Twitter “newsfeed” because the media has been so complicit in respecting right-wing BS and so afraid of their massive boycott campaigns that we have to look at the source to know it is not a right-wing site sneaking into it. Find yourself “troubled by the currents of contemporary political life” do not look to traditional news outlets to debunk or call it out. They won’t, not until it is safe to do so.
And, for the record, history has more than proven that liberals are better informed because they work at it they are not “smarter” but they are not as quick to let their political support cloud their every decision. The extreme left notwithstanding.
Liberals do not so much process “better” they just do not use a stopped up filter and aim to see all variables before they pronounce. We do not have “better brains” we just have less hurdles to understanding the human toll.
I will agree that for a long time we thought if we just explained the truth (black people are not less, gay people are not deviant, the poor need to be included), that we could get people to understand, but many of us now realize that is just not going to penetrate so we plan to out-maneuver, over represent and stand in unity as we move forward. We know now we can write them off and go for the population centers to win in the places we can and obstruct and shame where we cannot. I do not call that “smug” either, I call it realistic.
The bottom line is that we are no more “smug” than the right and far less damaging to the liberty and individualism they proclaim to uphold. Ironic but true.
I think Rensin has taken the words of a few and extrapolated them to be speaking for all. Dangerous stuff. The differences are real, that is why they are studied and why explanations are needed for some to grasp them. If we were indeed so “smug” we would not need to vilify or decry the stupidity of those demanding respect for their regressive beliefs and authoritarian efforts. Smug would only have to sit back and watch it fall on its own heavy burden.
In the end, it is concern and deep hope that we can still reach people, even if only one at a time with the idea that the person they want to exclude could be their child, niece, nephew, grandchild, or neighbor. He calls us “smug” and to some, makes a good case, but the reality is we are still fighting to reach them even as we fight their efforts. I guess he missed the part where the right has EVER tried to reach us or respect our side of anything? I know I have never seen it.