The government is not good at fighting culture wars. They don’t make good cultural warriors, to whom it concerns. But that doesn’t seem to matter.
Imagine if back in the 60’s the government was promoting bell-bottom jeans and tie-die shirts. I think things would have turned out differently. Suddenly people would not want bell-bottoms if “the man” said you had to wear them.
Americans have had a revolutionary nature to big government dictates, at least historically. They tend to rebel against socio-politco mandates from on high. In fact that is what the bell-bottom craze was all about. It was counter culture as the “new mother nature taking over.” Get aboard.
But create a new government mandate and see how people respond? Imagine if they said, again in the 60’s, that all men should grow their hair as long as possible or that it would subsidize anyone getting tattooed. Imagine what would have happened? If government said people should “drop out and turn on” to LSD, it could have launched the beginning of the end of psychedelics.
And the people, at some point along that experiment, would have probably decided, “government is not really your friend.” Right, the government is not your big brother and is not always looking out for your best interests. But just imagine if people fell for such nonsense like government as the great trendsetter? Then, ultimately, it could also decide who lives and dies. Sooner or later people would have woken up and said it was nonsense.
So we don’t expect government to have our best interests at its heart. In fact there is certain inherent distrust for government on that cultural and socio-politico level. And we already know it doesn’t work. So why would we want that?
Actually we don’t, really. But that would be news to some who now think government mandates are the best. And it has the time and resources to come up with all sorts of dictates, in all kinds of places, like the new green deal. Yes they can and they will.
Do people follow along with all these dictates like puppies? Is that the way this works? Try explaining that to woke leftists. I say all that to suggest this is exactly what is happening.
Government is the great trendsetter and cultural warrior. It determines our culture and even battles within it. We are to follow along and accept it as the great Ayatollah of culture. Put it at the head of the proverbial family, too, so it controls everything in the culture, or aspires to – free rein for government supreme. Speech, style, terms — it has it all.
It has an army of brownshirts to facilitate and enforce its mandates. Some are quite happy about that and think it should. Many of these starry-eyed utopians are former rebels of the sixties. How did that happen? Now gubmint is their boss.
Suddenly everything the government does is good and for good reasons. They are giving a moral accreditation to government it never had, in areas it should not have control over. But the hard line leftists, who include most of Democrats’ Party, now think it is justified because they control the entire apparatus.
We also took government from the distrusted phase to the ultimate culture guru. They applied a moral component it never had, with morality controls it should never have down to individual liberty and lifestyle, what you eat. This morality is most concerning.
But meanwhile, the real truth behind the curtain is this new government morality lies, cheats and steals to achieve its ugly ends. (look what it did in over the last 5 years with Trump and people opposing it) It has license to do whatever it wants with no oversight to stop it. Surveillance to rigging elections, no bounds. And “seven ways to Sunday…”
Don’t like who is getting elected? Oppose and stop them. Use intelligence for political purposes. Lie to do it all, then lie and cheat to cover it up. But remember, there is no controlling legal authority to prevent it. That is the way the system works.
The Left is fine with all that. In fact they demand more of it; more covert action, more control from on high. Do it all while aligning itself with media, big tech and institutions to carry out its collective, ideological desires. And the best part is that no one is ever held accountable. So that trendsetting, cultural behemoth now wants us to be ashamed of America’s history. It’s the cool thing, kids, so tell all your friends.
Just to prove the point, we see leftists take to the streets to march and Democrat pols show up to lead the parade. The leftists inside the government now protest against it. So liberals, progressives, socialists and commies of all stripes, this is your utopia.
The counterculture is now the moral majority but don’t tell them that, it might scare them and ignite their microaggression sensitivities. It could short-circuit the entire thing.
Right on schedule, Al Sharpton’s race circus went to consult the White House. Sharpton said this will blossom into a summer of protest, to get back into the streets. (did they ever leave?) The full cooperation and alliance with the administration is clear. No separation between them. Government is leading the culture war. “More Kool-Aid, please.”
(*I think I hear echoes of the 5th Dimension’s Age of Aquarius and, as Jagger said, it’s a “Bitch.” Those “minds to liberation” are taking a nice, long hiatus now.)
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