When you look up the word shameless in a dictionary, the following synonyms should be referred: liberals, progressives, democrats, and editors of newspapers. James A. Haught, editor emeritus at the Charleston Gazette-Mail, should have his picture posted next to the definition after his simplistic co-option of our founding fathers and of one the leading intellects that helped to inspire the formation of our federalist system.
Mr. Haught obviously has a disdain for conservative principles that are grounded in our constitution. His op-ed is a template liberals us to defame opponents and at the same time elevate flawed progressive ideas. This technique of co-option and distortion, coupled with bump sticker slogans, is a favorite amongst the intellectually challenged. Here is an excerpt:
America’s founders – Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, James Madison, Benjamin Franklin, etc. – were brilliant radicals who absorbed Enlightenment ideas and incorporated them into the first modern democracy.
The Enlightenment also laid the foundation of liberal political values still winning victories today. For three centuries, by fits and starts, Western progress has been mostly a chronicle of progressives defeating conservative resistance. Reformers repeatedly toppled old privileges, hierarchies and establishments. Look at the historical record:
Conservatives tried to retain slavery, but they lost.
They tried to block voting by women, but lost.
They tried to prevent couples from using birth control, but they lost.
They tried to obstruct Social Security pensions, but they lost.
They tried to sustain racial segregation, but they lost.
They supported government-mandated prayer in school, but they lost.
They tried to defeat Medicare and Medicaid, but they lost.
They tried to halt same-sex marriage, but lost.
On and on, through recurring cultural battles, progressive principles that began in the Enlightenment have prevailed. For three centuries, liberals generally have won, conservatives lost.
First of all, we are a constitutional republic, not a democracy. Second, the Age of Enlightenment ended when the French Revolution degenerated into the Terror. Someone should remind Mr. Haught that the radicals of that day repudiated Christianity. These bloodthirsty heathens murdered priests, pillaged churches, and desecrated cemeteries. They valued life, liberty and property as much as an American liberal.
Take a look at his bumper sticker assertions. Only a fool would accept such simplistic bullet points. That’s why this nonsense was published in the Charlotte Observer.
People like Mr. Haught love to praise our founding fathers while at the same time condemn the system they made. Progressives really don’t believe in the U.S. Constitution and its federalist principles. What they want is a top-down, central government where states are vassalages, citizens are subjects and democracy is approved by activist judges.