This last Saturday my wife and I welcomed our first child, Thomas Douglas Ross, into this world. Without getting into too much detail, our little guy was 6 years and 9 months in the making. So, he’s a bit of a miracle baby and kind of a big deal to us.
We’re pleased my baby boy is born in the year 2012, where 1/3 of all babies born today will live to be 100. And we’re especially pleased that he is born in the United States of America, the greatest republic ever to grace this planet. He should have more opportunities to fulfill his dreams here and now, than in any time at any place in history.
Unfortunately, our son is born at a time where this land of opportunity is in decline. As Thomas Jefferson predicted about our great nation, Americans “in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.” I hate to say it, but he was right.
Of course we can link the decline to Woodrow Wilson, FDR, LBJ, Carter and – especially now – Obama. What Democrats, Leftists, Liberals, Progressives or whatever these Marxist-friendly ideologues have contributed to American society is bigger government, more entitlements, higher taxes, greater debt, more laws and less overall liberty. These “contributions” are manifested in today’s ever-growing welfare state, the worst unions have to offer, a manipulative media, an activist judiciary, and left wing populist politicians that trade liberty for votes like young boys trade baseball cards. When combined, they create a force that is practically unstoppable.
Communist Antonio Gramsci called it cultural hegemony. This is his theory whereby one group of people manipulate the system of values and traditions of a society, in order to create and establish a ruling-class with a worldview that justifies the status quo of its own domination over the rest of society. In other words, one group of people in society creating their own power and maintaining it by justifying the purpose of their own existence as, you know, how things are intended to be and how they should progress.
He used this theory to describe the bourgeois that he and other communists despised and vilified… similar to the way Obama and Democrats despise and vilify those who make $250,000 or more in the United States.
An example of cultural hegemony in modern day America, might be the leftist marijuana lobby. They would say, “Legalizing marijuana is the norm in some places in Europe, it’s becoming more and more legal in various states in the U.S., so it’s going to happen anyway… it’s just a matter of time. One might as well stop resisting and join the crusade because it’s inevitable.
This goes for practically any left-leaning objective whether it be the legalization of marijuana, or the banning of cigarettes, or universal healthcare, or global warming, or gay marriage, or removing any restrictions on abortions, or removing every Christmas tree in the public square, or banning guns, or taxing the high income earners the majority of their income, or supporting the creation of a Palestine state, or getting rid of right wing talk radio, and so on and into infinity.
The argument from Democrats is that, whether you like it or not, this is the status quo, and you better get used to it… going along with Republicans or Libertarians is just a losing battle. What’s worse than accepting this as the norm is that there are people on the right who are just simply throwing in the towel and accepting defeat. If that happens, then this country will successfully – and irreversibly — be perverted into tyranny… one ruled by a left wing oligarchy class.
It’s too bad that this is the world that my son is being born into. I just hope that I can provide him with the tools to navigate his next 100 years through this new world of big government, big labor, a biased media, an activist judiciary that ignores the Constitution, corrupt politician, high unemployment, high taxation, poor health care, massive deficits, massive debt, poverty and so on… all in the specious name of “social good.”
I am so sad for my son.
@MrTim29, @Obama, #Republicans, #Hegemony