Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Evan Sayet: The only way not to be a bigot is to never think at all … The first time you do think is the last time you're a leftist

Evan Sayet returns to Heritage to revisit his “unified field theory” of Liberalism and break new ground in explaining the ideology that he argues leads those on today’s Left to ignore the facts, manipulate the evidence, reject reason and, in doing so, end up not only always wrong but always as wrong as wrong can be.
Ten years after his momentous speech on How the Modern Liberal Thinks — the "single most-viewed lecture in Heritage Foundation's entire history" was called by Andrew Breitbart one of the five most important conservative speeches ever given — Evan Sayet returned to the Heritage Foundation (following a stint at CPAC) to be introduced by Becky Norton Dunlop for a tenth-anniversary re-do (thanks to Duncan), similarly entitled How the Modern Liberal Thinks: And Why He’s Convinced That Ignorance Is Bliss.
[after 14:40] In the 1980s, thinking was outlawed.  It was deemed by the left to be a hate crime. … The only way not to be a bigot (beat) is to never think at all. … It's actually a utopian ideology … the mindless foot-soldiers, those who have been indoctrinated, they believe that if you eliminate thinking — because thinking is an act of bigotry — you can eliminate bigotry. And if you eliminate bigotry, the world would be a place where everybody loves one another, and: kumbaya. … So the Modern Liberal is raised to believe that indiscriminateness is a moral imperative, because it will bring about paradise.
Be sure to check out his comments about Steven Spielberg (the man behind Munich is "a terrific director") and especially the writer of Born in the USA ("I am the world's biggest Bruce Springsteen fan — I think he is a lyrical genius, I think he is a good and decent man, I also think when it come to politics he's an idiot") and his protest song about the Vietnam War.
[29:50] I have an expression: The first time you think is the last time you're a Democrat
Comparing conservative organizations with liberal groups:
The biggest difference between the left and the right [is that] we recognize the existence of the better … But because the liberal does not believe in the better — while we spend our lives trying to better ourselves — they spend their lives just being—themselves. And its the same self they were, unchanged.

And it's very telling: the organizations that we join are organizations that are intended to better ourselves — whether it's the church where we go to better ourselves, morally, whether it's the boy scouts that we join to better ourselves in the real world, of practicality — while the groups that the left joins are groups that are designed to change you—not themselves …
One class of organization that are designed to better ourselves is the 12-Step Programs, and Evan Sayet concludes his comments on Alcoholics Anonymous and the like-minded groups inspired by AA with this thought:
 … there is one word that is spoken over and over and over and over again, almost like a mantra, and that's the word "grateful" — and "gratitude." Yet modern liberalism is the antithesis of gratitude — you cannot be grateful for what you are entitled to. Entitlement is the antithesis of gratitude, so every step along the way, the one program, the one set of rules, that take the failure and [turn it around, making the group members] successful and happy, is the antithesis of how the Modern Liberal lives his life.
One of the really childish things, and more evidence that [the leftists] really are children, is the hyperbolic language that they use, that's reminiscent of children … It's true. If George Bush is Hitler, Barack Obama is God. Truly: Evan Thomas, a once important reporter for a once important newsweekly called Newsweek — imaginatively — said "Barack Obama stands above us like a god." And this is nothing new, of course it doesn't even have to be anything that's real, the real world doesn't even contain their hyperbolic talk. So: Dick Cheney was Darth Vader, while John Kennedy was a mythological character living in Camelot. And this is very much the same conversation, the same thing, you hear from a 5-year old child, where if they get what they want, you're the best mommy in the whole wide world, and if you don't get what they want, you're the worst parent who's ever lived. It's the same hyperbolic thing…
That was from question time, which started at 48:00, with the second question going to a blogger from No Pasarán.

And don't forget: Evan Sayet is the author of The KinderGarden Of Eden
(How the Modern Liberal Thinks), also on Kindle.

Related: By Inserting a Modifier Before the Words that Are Valuable to Society, Says Evan Sayet, the Modern Liberal Changes the Meaning of Concepts Like "Correct," "Justice," and "Violence" 180 degrees
Evan Sayet next to the bust of Edwin Feulner

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