A video was circulating on the web this weekend concerning the Fort Hood Shooting by Army Major and Muslim fanatic Hassan. It contains passionate accounts from soldiers wounded in the attack. They are pretty upset at the government’s declaration of the atrocity as a case of “workplace violence” rather than as an act of war by an enemy combatant. This prevents the dead and wounded from getting Purple Hearts and their survivors from getting certain benefits. But what really seems to gall them is the refusal of the government to recognize a terrorist attack when they are being sent around the world to fight the “War on Terror.”
This got me thinking. The way in which our government is dealing with Hassan is a textbook case of the liberal mind in action. The liberal mind in action always results in a moral inversion, making right wrong and wrong right, showing endless compassion for the wrong-doer and complete disregard for their victims. The Army’s top General Casey showed some of this thinking when he expressed his big concern as being not the people killed and wounded but the chance that it might cause the Army to back off on diversity and ultra-political correctness. Now the big issue in Hassan’s trial, three years after his murders, is whether he has to shave or can keep his beard. This should be about his head, not his beard.
It is easy to cite examples of this strange moral inversion that characterizes the liberal mind:
1. Where convicted murderers are concerned, they will spend years, decades really, worrying about every procedural detail, and the possibility that execution might be uncomfortable for the murderer, while having the most callous disregard for the suffering of victim’s families who are dragged through endless court proceedings seeking justice.
2. Gangs can terrorize neighborhoods forever without one tear shed by any liberal anywhere. But let a policeman stop a gang member for questioning and legions of liberal lawyers descend to protect him from having his feelings hurt.
3. Heaven help the American soldier who, after three days of house to house fighting, protecting our rights, shoots an enemy combatant under circumstances at all questionable. The liberals will have him prosecuted for murder.
4. One man works sixty hours a week and earns a decent living. Another sits on the couch and ends up poor. The liberal heart bleeds for the deadbeat and demands the working man share his “excess” earnings with the slacker.
5. and here is another case of liberal mental illness
Where does this strange way of thinking come from? The liberal mind is not motivated by actual sympathy for criminals, communists, or jihadists. That would be an improvement. At least he would believe in something. The liberal mind is motivated by guilt over sin. The liberal seeks to prove to himself his own moral superiority by showing that he, unlike his moral inferiors, can not only have compassion for good people, everyone can do that, but also for the bad people that no one else cares about. After all, isn’t that what Jesus taught when he said to love your enemies? The liberal, rejecting the salvation that lies in confession, repentance, and faith in Christ, seeks to be justified by works with these preening displays of uber-compassion.
His self-justification exercise requires him to denigrate the motives of conservatives to support his sense of moral superiority. Conservatives, you see, don’t just think welfare does more harm than good. They hate the poor, they are racists, homophobes, misogynists, people who want our children to drink dirty water and breath dirty air just so they can make more profits, etc., etc. ad nauseum. It cannot be a case of people of good will who simply disagree. Oh no, no! Conservatives must be really evil to emphasize how good I am! After all, this is not a problem solving session. This is a guilt expiation exercise.
Liberalism is thus an irrational state of mind entered into by the unregenerate seeking to get rid of their guilt over sin (while continuing in sin) in order to prove their righteousness to themselves. At a societal level, it disarms civilization against its enemies and is suicidal.
The whole sorry situation around the murder of our Ambassador and three other Americans in Benghazi shows how dangerous the liberal mind is to the overall society. First we learn that requests from the Ambassador for more security were turned down by a faceless State Department liberal because she thought it would not look peaceful to the Lybians. Now we hear that our military was watching the whole thing with a drone, and that military support was available but not used. Nearby airbases had jet fighters and even Specter gunships that could have been there in an hour and cleaned the streets of terrorists for a mile around the embassy, but again the liberal mind, which as we have seen has infected our military’s top brass, said no. It wouldn’t look right for big bad old America to come in with guns blazing to save our people. Better to ask the dysfunctional Lybian government to send a policeman with an apology or something.
In the battle we are facing to save our country we must understand the danger posed by the liberal mind and what lies behind it. Attempts to reason liberals out of their positions will not work as long as those positions are based on spiritual and psychological personal issues. The spiritual truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ cannot be separated from what we think are just political issues.
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