Defining the threat

A convert explains The Threat We Face. Note that he describes behaviors as a contrast to the person directed hate often seen in those who present the threat he describes.

“The first of these features is their alienation from country: If you ask progressives about their patriotic feeling, they will tell you that they don’t think of themselves first as Americans but as “citizens of the world.”  … “This is perhaps the hardest feature of their progressive adversaries for conservatives to comprehend. It is difficult to imagine that people as privileged by America’s generosity as Barack Obama and his entourage of despoilers should be so alienated from their country as to feel themselves in it but not of it.”

“The second feature of the progressive left that is key to understanding it is its instinctive, practiced, and indispensable dishonesty. …
“The lesson? People on the left may be delusional but they are not stupid. They know what they can say and get away with, and what they can’t.”

“A third feature of progressives that defines their politics is that they regard the past, which is real, with contempt, and are focused exclusively on a future, which is imaginary.”

“To sum this up: Progressives see themselves as an army of the saints, and their opponents as the party of Satan; and that will justify almost anything you can get away with.”

David Horowitz provides examples and explanations and offers his ideas about how to deal with the problem.

“The political consequences of the differences between conservatives and progressives is not only not small, it affects the way both sides conduct their political battles. Progressives focus on an impossible future, a utopia of promises, and this justifies for them their unscrupulous means. Issues for them are merely instruments for accumulating political power. Conservatives look to the past as a guide to what is possible and humanly practical, and what is not.”

“Conservatives need to put the human disasters of progressive policies in front of people every chance they get. … need to talk less to the voters’ heads and more to their hearts … need to speak up as champions of the little guys”

“if we will take the measure of the enemies of freedom and prepare ourselves to fight them, we have a better than even chance to win.”

The stakes are enormous and the conflict is not one of reason and integrity. That is why Horowitz advises meeting the opposition with force and bluntness. Appeasing the enemy isn’t going to work when the circumstances are like he describes.

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