What liberals desire
In a speech to a group of Iowa Democrats last weekend Vice President Biden said:
I believe with every fiber in my being with President Barack Obama’s leadership and capacity, we have a chance—we have a chance to bend history.Gosh, I thought that American left-liberals were progressives who want to advance history toward its true fulfillment in a naturally ever-improving realm of equality, freedom, and peace. Now it turns out that they want to bend history. Maybe instead of calling themselves progressivists they should call themselves bendists.
Furthermore, it’s not just human history and society that liberals and leftists think they have the power to bend. As President Clinton said in his 1993 inaugural address:
My fellow citizens :Clinton uses “force the spring” as a metaphor for changing and redefining America. As he explains in true progressivist fashion, America has no essence, its only essence is to keep redefining itself. Human will is the master of all.
But Clinton’s strange and inappropriate image of “forcing the spring” reveals something deeper and more disturbed in the liberal mind than a desire to keep redefining one’s own society: a rebellion against the natural order itself, the belief that humans can change nature—can bend nature. Which, by the way, ideologically committed liberal scientists were apparently attempting to do by cooking the data on global warming. Forcing the spring indeed.
Ken Hechtman, VFR’s leftist Canadian reader, writes:
Thanks for posting one of my favorites.LA replies:
But your example gets it all wrong. Clinton wasn’t saying that the spring comes naturally and can’t be stopped. He was saying that he and his fellow leftists could force the spring to come before its time. Your example is about man’s awareness of and conformity to the natural order. Clinton’s speech was about humans taking over and changing the natural order.Ken Hecthtman replies:
You’re right, they’re clearly not consistent. The reason why is a bit counter-intuitive:
Posted by Lawrence Auster at November 28, 2009 10:54 AM | Send