Leftism 101: Change The Topic
The smarter American Leftists realize that their ideas and policies are not popular with the majority of the people of The United States. They believe this is because most Americans are unenlightened, that they, for varied reasons – all wrong in the Progressive’s eyes – refuse to see and comprehend THE TRUTH.
What is a Leftist to do in such a situation? I mean, the world would be so much better [kind of like Heaven On Earth] is the ignorant majority would just open their eyes and see the Leftist CFL Light.
What the Progressives do do [allusion intended] is to resort to deception. The idea is to trick the masses into going along with their schemes under false pretenses. They believe that, once their Enlightened system is imposed, the ignorant rabble will see the light and thank the Left for bringing about Paradise.
One way the Left deceives is to take an issue and try to change what it is, to alter the narrative, as it were. And, since they believe all morality is relative and, therefore, one can seek one’s ends by any means necessary, any and all tactics are permissible.
A near-perfect example is the issue of the HHS mandate that all employers must provide contraception and abortifacants, no matter if it violates their faith or beliefs.
…the fundamental relationship between the State and the individual being forcibly altered such that we are no longer a government of and by the people, but rather subjects who must petition the State for our “rights,” and who the State can mandate engage in economic behavior that we cannot opt out of, be we a private business or a private citizen.
The smarter Leftists know that if the argument is over individual sovereignty they will lose. As Lachlan Markay points out over at the Heritage Foundation’s blog [tip of the fedora to Wombat-Socho's Live At Five]:
President Obama has been accused of violating the Constitution with two high-profile decisions over the last month. Polling and reactions from elected officials reveal an important truth: the Constitution is a winning political issue – Americans respect it and want their leaders to adhere to it.
Most recently, the administration has attempted force companies and organizations that offer health insurance plans to cover the full costs of contraception. For groups that have a religious objection to doing so, the policy represents a brazen violation of their First Amendment rights.
But proponents of the policy are quick to insist that the issue is not Americans’ fundamental rights of conscience, but rather the availability of contraception. In an attempt to backstop that position, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Del. Eleanor Holmes-Norton (D-DC) stormed out of a House Oversight and Government Reform hearing on Thursday after a Georgetown University student was prohibited from testifying about contraception.
“As the hearing is not about reproductive rights but instead about the administration’s actions as they relate to freedom of religion and conscience,” committee staff stated, Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) “believes that Ms. Fluke is not an appropriate witness.”
It stands to reason that committee liberals would attempt to shift the debate to one of “reproductive rights.” When the issue is the constitutional right to free religious practice, the American people are wholly opposed to the contraception mandate.
Townhall columnist Guy Benson examined a pair of polls on the issue in a Wednesday blog post. He found that when the issue is framed as one of a “right to contraception,” Americans support the policy. When it’s about freedom of conscience – and freedom from government coercion against one’s deeply held beliefs – Americans oppose it.
The fact that the issue is a constitutional one, then (even if one agrees with the policy, the constitutional issue is unavoidable), makes the left-wing position less tenable. Hence Maloney’s and Holmes-Norton’s desire to shift the debate to any issue other than the policy’s constitutionality.
It is our duty to see that the Left cannot get away with tactic, that they not be allowed to deceive those voters who are, sadly, not paying much attention.
It’s an uphill battle, especially in this frivolous age where so many crave their bread and circuses and are addicted to the Soma, but it can be done with a relentless campaign of battering home the Truth. For too long we’ve let the Left get away with their appeals to emotions and their outright lies and distortions.
Never give up.
Never give in.