The Tragic Faith In Permanence

We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.”— Barack Obama

Perhaps it is human nature to take certain things for granted. Perhaps it is indicative of man’s hubris to believe that positive conditions will never change and that good times and fortunes will last forever. And perhaps it is our denial and self-delusion that prevents us from fully appreciating and acknowledging that, deep down, we know this is really not true. Lastly, perhaps it is our arrogance and self-absorption which often causes us to fail to appreciate what we have until it is gone or has been altered beyond recognition. Whatever the case may be, I am certain that all of us have been guilty of such self delusion to some degree at some point in our lives.

It is especially easy to take things for granted when one’s fortunes are good. When there is no longer a serious daily struggle to survive, or when living a life of relative comfort and plenty, it is easy to become complacent or even spoiled. As famed US soldier and war hero David Hackworth once stated, “It’s human nature to start taking things for granted again when danger isn’t banging loudly on the door.”

So although it probably is innate to our human nature to take things for granted to varying degrees when our situations are good, some of us are more consciously aware of this tendency than others and therefore make concerted efforts to acknowledge it. Many people take time to consciously stop and appreciate their current good fortunes and circumstances, giving thanks accordingly. At the same time, many others strive to make prudent decisions in order to maintain such conditions, while at the same time making contingencies for when disaster strike.

Yet others however are not this consciously aware. Many people do take things and circumstances for granted. Worse yet, many fail to understand the mechanisms and consequences of change. Therefore, not only are they complacent, they are also completely ignorant or blind to the reality that any foundational conditions or circumstances—the status quo—can be fundamentally destroyed or altered forever simply by making enough seemingly small, insignificant alterations or bad decisions. Simply put, they possess a tragic false faith in permanence—that whatever is will always be.

For many, this misguided faith in permanence becomes especially more pronounced under certain conditions. Essentially, it is easy for many to naively believe in the permanence of long standing conditions or institutions, or to believe in the permanence of conditions which they are far removed from, or in conditions which are more amorphous in nature, or in conditions which are larger in scale. For example, most people can comprehend that on a personal finance level enough compounded bad decisions will eventually fundamentally alter and harm their overall financial and lifestyle conditions, yet much fewer are able to comprehend this same line of thinking on a large-scale national economic level. So it becomes a dangerous combination of ignorance and the false belief and faith in absolute permanence.

And this is the very situation that we as a society, culture, and nation currently find ourselves in, and one which has become especially prevalent over the last 30 to 40 years in the US. For although the advancement and toxic effects of leftism and reformist-Marxism can be seen in the US since the early 20th Century, it was comparatively a slow trickle in comparison to the effects over the course of the last 40 years. Since the 1970’s—largely due to cultural-Marxism, progressivism, feminism, SJW activism, and the reformist-Marxist agenda of the Socialist Democrat Party—what was once the relative slow trickle of leftism and leftist policy has turned into an uncontrollable torrent with the floodgates wide opened.

Yet the overall political strategy and agenda of the “cultural” and “reformist” Marxists since the early 1900’s has always been one of incremental and nuanced transformation and “change”, disguised, branded, and sold to the public as common sense political, cultural, and economic reforms. For the most part, the reformist-Marxists have always hidden their true intentions by presenting themselves as well-intentioned “reformers” who do not wish to destroy the current system, but only desire to make it better and more fair and equal. As opposed to their more revolutionary, violent, and unsubtle brethren, the “reformist” Marxists and leftists have always taken the approach that the best way to successfully destroy and fundamentally transform a traditional free society was by incremental reforms enacted from within—subversion. Essentially, slowly working to fundamentally alter, change, and “reform” the existing system—political, cultural, and economic—from the inside as opposed to violently upheaving and destroying it all at once from the outside.

The reformists have always understood that they couldn’t push too far too fast, especially in a country like the US that once actually valued its liberty and traditional values and roots, so they opportunistically pushed when they saw an advantage, and backed off when they sense a backlash. And while these leftist reformists here in the US have been working tirelessly since the turn of the century, they have become increasingly emboldened and aggressive over the last 40 years or so as they have begun to witness the fruits of their labor. So much so that they have even sometimes become careless or outright emboldened when speaking about their true intentions.

Author Mark Levin excellently described this leftist and reformist-Marxist strategy in his 2009 book Liberty And Tyranny. He wrote:

…the Statist has an insatiable appetite for control. His sights are set on his next meal even before he has fully digested his last. He is constantly agitating for more government action…The Statist also knows that despite his successful usurpations, enough citizens are still skeptical and even distrustful of politicians and government that he cannot force his will all at once. Thus he marches in incremental steps, adjusting his pace as circumstances dictate…The Statist in America is no less resolute than his European counterpart but, by necessity, he is more cunning—where the European lurches and leaps, the American’s steps are measured but steady. In America, the Statist understands that his counterrevolution must at least appear gradual and not revolutionary—sometimes even clothed in the flag and patriotism—lest his intentions become too obvious and thus alarming to his skeptics.

The cultural engine of the of the “cultural” and “reformist” Marxist agenda has always primarily been the government bureaucracy, media, Hollywood, music, pop-culture, public education, and academia. The reformists have successfully used ideological subversion to manipulate these mediums, especially over the course of the last 40 years, to promote and indoctrinate a leftist and progressive agenda of secularism, relativism, multi-culturalism, liberalism, tolerance, feminism, egalitarianism, collectivism, and generally pro-socialist attitudes. Overall, they have been generally successful in altering the modern culture into one far more receptive and conducive to totalitarian leftism and socialism.

The political engine of the reformist agenda has always been primarily the Socialist Democrat Party—though the cuckservative-Republicans are certainly not without blame. Under the guise of social democratic reform, the reformist-Marxists and leftists in political power have built upon the successes of their cultural-Marxist comrades to enact both political and economic laws and policies to advance their overall agenda. But in general, the Western reformist-Marxists have intentionally taken a slower, more gradual, and more methodical approach than their more revolutionary counterparts in other nations.

However, the question then becomes why and how have the reformist-Marxists been able to be so successful in gradually, yet fundamentally, transforming a once traditional culture and system by means of a slow measured gradual approach. Slowly boiling the frog so-to-speak. The answer can partly be attributed to the folly of human nature that I discussed above: the tendency of many to take for granted their good fortunes and circumstances when times are good, as well as the often tragic tendency for many to fail to recognize and understand that enough small changes can eventually fundamentally alter—albeit often unintentionally—the essence, character, foundation, and conditions of a once desirable status quo—essentially, the false belief and faith in permanence. And it is the tragic failure of many to realize that they are being murdered by a thousand shallow cuts.

It is thereby safe to say that a large portion of those who have voted for or supported the reformists over the years are not die-hard communist/socialists or leftist ideologues. When you remove such die-hard “true believers” from the equation of support—the power elites, the hardliners, the revolutionaries, and the militant leftists, liberals, progressives, and complicit activists—then you are left with both the perpetually dependent and the remaining large pool of useful idiots of varying description (and I use that term in the traditional sense of the definition). Useful idiots who have, for the most part, unwittingly supported the reformist transformation without fully understanding what they were doing.

The perpetually dependent group is comprised mainly of socially and economically parasitic individuals who game and exploit the system and the natural goodwill of others, with perhaps a very small percentage comprised of the genuinely needy. These parasites are the kinds of entitled people who greedily demand more from others without ever stopping to appreciate and pay gratitude for what they have and where it came from. All the while taking for granted that the very system that supports and provides for them will somehow always be there and be able to provide them with the lifestyle that they are accustomed to.

This group generally displays the tendencies of taking circumstances and things for granted and the faith in permanence that I am referring to, yet when push comes to shove, they are mainly acting out of greed and self-interest and have far less to lose when the reformist-Marxist agenda ultimately comes to fruition and “permanence” comes crashing down upon them. They are therefore not the specific useful idiots that I am referring to. The power elite reformists will of course use these perpetually dependent people as both a base of political support due to their utter dependency on the government and wealth redistribution, but also as a manipulative political device used to appeal to the emotions and garner support from the remaining group of true useful idiots, the “do-gooders” and the “bleeding hearts”.

It is this remaining group of reformist supporters, the true useful idiots—the “do-gooders”, the “bleeding hearts”, the traditional or blue-collar “blue dog Democrats”, and finally the just plain uninformed or ignorant voters—who often unwittingly end up supporting the reformist agenda despite probably not actually fully understanding or agreeing with the ideological basis or final results of such. These unfortunate people have little understanding or knowledge of the fact that they are being manipulated and used by the reformists into supporting and creating an increasingly totalitarian leftist system through the very incremental “reforms” that are sold to them. This manipulation is made all the more possible by the reformists’ intentional and strategic ability to recognize and exploit the natural human tendencies that I have already alluded to. In this case specifically, a false faith in the absolute permanence of the traditional US system, and the very essence, character, and soul of the nation as a whole.

Through a steady and never-ending series of “reforms”, packaged and sold as benevolent, well-intentioned, righteous and just, and for the betterment of all, the reformists are able to fundamentally transform the system while at the same time maintaining the plausible deniability of “reform”, and by claiming that they are doing no such thing. All thanks to the tragic human tendency to cling to permanence. Mark Levin aptly described it this way:

…the Statist speaks in the tongue of the demagogue, concocting one pretext and grievance after another to manipulate public perceptions and build popular momentum for the divestiture of liberty and property from its rightful possessors. The industrious, earnest, and successful are demonized as perpetrators of various offenses against the public good, which justifies governmental intervention on behalf of an endless parade of victims…The Statist veils his pursuits in moral indignation, intoning in high dudgeon the injustices and inequities of liberty and life itself, for which only he can provide justice and bring a righteous resolution…the Statist demands ever more authority to wring out the imperfections of mankind’s existence…Thus are born endless rationalizations for seizing ever more governmental authority.

The well-intentioned useful idiot “do-gooders”, “bleeding hearts”, and traditional Democrats, generally good and decent people by nature, then buy into the populist, humanitarian, altruistic, utopian, and even self-interest based appeals of the reformists, because they often fail to recognize the ultimate costs of such reforms and policies. They buy into the reformists’ misleading but noble sounding false arguments and justifications for such policies because they are sold to them in a manner which appeals to their good nature, but which also either hides the true costs or the reformists’ true intentions. These useful idiots do not, in their heart of hearts, desire to destroy the current system, they just naively believe that they are helping to make it better while not actually fundamentally altering it beyond recognition. It is like taking a recipe for a cake that one likes, but then constantly altering and adding new ingredients and changing the baking instructions, and then still expecting the final results to be the exact same delicious cake that they have always enjoyed and never truly wanted to drastically change, simply because that was the way the cake had always turned out previously in the past.

So with every reformist appeal to “equality”, “income disparity”, “multi-culturalism”, “secularism”, “tolerance and relativism”, “open borders”,  “helping the children”, “helping the elderly”, “helping the middle class”, “helping the poor”, or “helping the refugees”, or with every appeal for more “common sense” laws, regulations, and policies, these good-hearted useful idiots are unwittingly manipulated into supporting the transformation and final result of something that ideologically they overall most likely would not support. All because they often times cannot comprehend the ultimate consequences of such actions on the large scale. But also because they all too often fail to realize that enough of these seemingly small changes, compounded over time, will eventually alter the very foundation of something that they do not necessarily wish to alter. And so they are misguided by their tragic false faith in permanence—the absolute permanence of the very essence, character, and soul of the United States.

I truly believe that most of these unfortunate useful idiots are patriotic Americans in the traditional sense of the idea. I also believe that most of them are good and decent people at heart. They don’t desire to live in the cold, sterile gray concrete world of a communist “utopia”. They don’t want to live under the totalitarian boot and iron fist of a single-party ruled and centrally planned system. They don’t wish to see the essence and the character of their culture and country destroyed. They don’t wish to live in an increasingly dangerous and chaotic world. And they don’t wish to pass an unrecognizable mess of a country on to their children.

Most of these people are probably decent hard-working folks who appreciate the life and liberty and standard of living that they currently have and enjoy under a rapidly collapsing traditional and free system. They do not wish to be crushed under the burden of increased taxes and unsustainable debt. They do not wish to live in a nation that resembles a third world hell-hole. They ultimately desire to see their children have opportunities to succeed and to do better than they have They still believe in the American dream, but they see it growing increasingly beyond their reach and so they ignorantly fall prey to the snake-oil of the reformists claiming to be their redeemers.

And it is because these people are good-natured, that they are easily manipulated by the reformists’ false appeals to benevolence and good intentions. And they are tragically naïve because they fail to recognize that the system that they, for the most part, currently enjoy is far from guaranteed or permanent. And that it is the very “reforms” that they unwittingly support which are contributing to its rapid downfall. They are not necessarily knowingly taking their good circumstances for granted, but they are unknowingly doing so because of their tragic faith in permanence. They fail to understand and see that by gradually destroying pillars of the temple, the entire temple will eventually fall. They fail to see this because they foolishly believe that the temple, as they have always known it, will remain forever.

Actions have consequences, and they are often unintended, and in the end nothing is permanent. In summation and conclusion, I will end by once again quoting author Mark Levin from Liberty And Tyranny, for I feel that he has articulately and concisely described the point I am trying to convey here—the tragically misguided faith in permanence. He stated:

Liberty’s permanence in American society often makes its manifestations elusive or invisible to those born into it. Even if liberty is acknowledged, it is often taken for granted and its permanence assumed. Therefore, under these circumstances, the Statist’s agenda can be alluring…It is not recognized as an increasingly corrosive threat to liberty but rather as coexisting with it…liberty once lost is rarely recovered.

© 2015 By AB Frank, All Rights Reserved

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