Culture in America: happenstance or design
By Wes Vernon
The 1992 Republican National Convention gave a special ovation to the words of one of its speakers, Patrick J. Buchanan, who warned, “There is a religious war going on in this country. It is a cultural war, as critical to the kind of nation we shall be as the Cold War itself.”
That was then, this is now
Even later in 1992, some unheard of “progressive” ideas were yet to become issues that “normal people” seriously considered, even though the so-called “new age” had dawned in the late sixties. Not long after that, the deluge. And if author Cliff Kincaid is correct in warning of the cultural map to follow, we “ain’t seen nothin’ yet.”
Writing in his book The Sword of Revolution and the Communist Apocalypse, Kincaid starts with the premise that Ronald Reagan’s clever plan to bring down the Soviet Union did not – did not – signal the “collapse of communism.” We have made that point in this space, that the collapse of an “evil empire” is not the same as killing a powerful and villainous ubiquitous ideological disease that spreads its poison in every corner of the planet. Such is the marking of communism, whose twists and turns have gathered more steam with each decade starting in 1848 in the era ofKarl Marx himself.Cliff Kincaid, a fellow columnist for this website, recounts an interview he held with Paul Kengor (whose writings in the past have been cited in this column). The conversation focused on Kengor’s book Takedown: From Communists to Progressives, How the Left has Sabotaged Family and Marriage.
And look: We here do not denigrate individuals – mostly ordinary Americans – who are caught up in the situations described. It would be difficult, if not unfair, to paint so many with a broad brush. We’re not here trying to judge individual situations. We are dealing with a relatively few – but powerful – individuals and organized ideologues whose efforts to “change the world” are having negative effects on our society.
One thing leads to another and another and……
New progressives are of the Marxist belief that “progress,” as they interpret it, “is not progress as ordinary people understand the term.” As Kengor explains it to Kincaid, “new rights are coming all the time, and everything is in a state of evolution.” No absolutes? He explains:
“The gay rights movement has now morphed into rights for so-called transgenders, as we see in the relentless media propaganda that men can, and perhaps should, become women.” Therefore, as Kengor suggests, the next “evolution” could be on a path to group marriages, sibling marriages, fathers and step-fathers marrying daughters and step-daughters, and step-daughters and uncles marrying nieces.
We do not end this look at the culture wars with total pessimism, only to offer a word of caution – that a huge battle confronts us as we seek to help this nation of ours continue in one piece. In an era where the minions of an outgoing administration can use its authority to plant a spy in the campaign of a presidential candidate of the opposite party, we can anticipate almost anything, whether political or cultural.