Don't Think. Feel.
The Politics Of Emotions
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
Oscar Wilde said: “The emotions of man are stirred more quickly than man’s intelligence.”
single sentence by Mr. Wilde, from a very long time ago, explains
everything you need to know about the American left, indeed, leftists
around the world.
They are ruled by emotions. In my
opinion,that explains their overly abundant use of profanity and
vulgarity to express themselves.
As I said above: they are
ruled by their emotions. Rational, reasoned, thinking is nowhere to be
found when these folks get their hormones flowing.
populate the left side of the political spectrum are easily manipulated
and they are manipulated quite often. They are the "Useful Idiots" so
often employed by the Marxists to further their agenda around the world
and especially in the United States.
It should be obvious why
the word "idiot" is used in describing them. Simply because they seem
to be incapable of "reasoned" thinking.
For instance... have you
paid attention to how the leaders of the left have manipulated their
followers over gun control legislation? They are using pure, raw,
emotion. It is of no concern to them that the laws they are proposing
will not do a single thing to reduce gun violence n America.
control is all about people control, not gun control. To realize their
goal the left's leaders have whipped up the emotions of the useful
idiot crowd and tossed any attempt at reasoned debate right out the
window. Their mission was to ignite as much emotion throughout America
as was possible in the shortest time possible and get their gun control
law through the Congress before Americans had a chance to cool off and
look realistically at what was being proposed.
That explains the
disrespectful way the victims of the school massacre in Connecticut
were treated and the way their families have been treated -- and -- used
as pawns to continue to stir up America's emotions.
the political right has caught on and began delaying tactics as soon as
they possibly could to allow a cooling off period in which the ability
to reason returned (to some degree) to the American populace.
this from Kyle Becker at The American Thinker: "Today's typical
totalitarian leftist is thus not a jackboot-wearing thug, but an overly
sensitive, cardigan-wearing milquetoast, whose obsessions about feelings
make him immune to rational argument. The danger of granting the
government endless power to do good, like everything else, is
rationalized away or dismissed by the leftist, since even the thought of
making peace with an imperfect world makes him uncomfortable. This is
why the left will never learn from history: the past is only prologue to
the coming utopia, which will be perfectly just and fair." SOURCE: http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/01/the_lefts_greatest_mind-trick_politicizing_emotion.html
As crazy as it may sound at first, one must understand that
liberalism is a philosophy of totalitarianism. Liberalism is an
authoritarian philosophy. The left is all about accumulating unto
themselves as much power as they possibly can. See, they believe all
that power will be used for good, which is to say used to further their
agenda which, of course, IS good. They will trample over their own
grandmothers to acquire power. In their minds the ends justify the
They will not hesitate to use force to implement their
"good" agenda. Anything that helps bring their much sought after
"Utopia" is justified.
As a conservative I believe absolutely in
individual rights, liberty, and freedom. But -- I have a very close
friend who subscribes to the philosophy of the left and he is all for
the "greater good" and pooh-poohs anything having to do with individual
freedom and individual rights.
The very idea of America is based
on the rights, the freedom, the liberty of the individual. It is based
on the fact that a man owns himself, that his life is his own to make
of it what he will, what he is capable of, without outsiders, especially
the government, forcing him to alter his life for the "greater good."
Becker, in his excellent article at The American Thinker says: "The
rule of law and the scientific method were developed precisely to
protect human beings from the hazards of acting on raw emotion and
ignorance. Democratic politicians and left-wing activists, on the other
hand, thrive on these human vulnerabilities." We encourage you to read
Mr. Becker's article, in full, at: http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/01/the_lefts_greatest_mind-trick_politicizing_emotion.html
As I write, America is facing the full brunt of Obamacare,
socialized medicine. The majority of Americans never wanted it in the
first place. It was forced on us by a socialist Democratic Party. Not a
single republican in Congress voted for it.
The left used raw emotion to to flay anyone who did not agree with them on socialized medicine
for America. Those of us who resisted were accused of not caring that
sick people weren't being cared for -- notwithstanding the fact that
anyone, with or without funds, can, and will, be treated at a hospital
in America just by showing up. The left was attempting to whip up the
emotion of the proletariat.
Even today, in the gun control
debate, the left is using gut-wrenching, raw, undiluted emotion -- no
reason mind you, just plain hyper-emotion -- to push their plan to
confiscate America's guns. The left doesn't care that some of us are
embarrassed and sickened at their naked abuse of the victims and the
families of the victims of recent violent episodes in which the gun was
the tool chosen to deal death in large quantities.Again, for the left,
the ends justify the means.
So, here we are today with emotion
and reason squared off against each other in America -- the political
left and the political right.
Emotion and rational thinking
are mutually exclusive. There is no common ground. This explains
gridlock in our government. The left is furious with the right because
the right will not succumb to their emotional tirades and just give in
and allow them to drag America into the cesspool of
socialism/communism. (Make no mistake -- THAT is the end game for the
Emotions have a way of cooling after awhile.
Smart politicians on the left understand the need to maintain the
emotions of their followers at a fever pitch. You, dear reader, need to
understand this to know why America seems to lurch from one crisis to
another -- continuously. It is contrived by the leadership of the left
to stoke the fires of emotion in their followers. It is summed up in
their motto: "Never let a crisis go to waste."
left's use of emotion and arrogant condescension in politics is as old
as Marxism, from which it sprang, and to which they subscribe. The
Utopia they seek is a Marxist America.
The "reasoning right"
will never be free of the "emotional left." Even if we split the
country and gave the left, oh, say, all the territory west of the
Mississippi. They would be forever attacking us across the river
because we OUGHT to be doing things THEIR way because they are GOOD and
we are BAD, they are right and we are wrong, and their agenda is so good
it must be forcibly instituted on us -- for our own good.
what can we do, those of us who rely on reason in making decisions and
ordering our lives both on a national and a personal level? Other than
recognizing the near insanity of the left, there is little we can do.
We must continue to block their advancement as often as we can, however,
else the county would/will be in a state of utter chaos. Too, we must
understand that it is not going to get better. The power brokers of the
American left, and the world, have learned they can control the "useful
idiots" of the left by whipping up emotion and channeling that emotion
in the direction they desire. They will continue to take full
advantage of that fact by taking America from one crisis to the next
until, finally, she collapses. Then the cycle will begin all over
I wish I could offer a more constructive, more satisfying
answer to the problem, but I cannot. Since Cain killed Abel in a fit of
emotion we humans have been seeking a way to coexist amiably,
peacefully, with our emotional brothers. We have made some progress,
but not nearly enough.
Until such time as all emotion can be
erased from the human mind, we are stuck, in place, dealing with our
near insane brothers.
On the other hand, we must never forget that emotions help make us human.
In the end, in the final analysis, we are involved in a never-ending
struggle with ourselves. The "reasoning right" can learn from the
"emotional left" as they pile up failure after failure while feeling
good about having tried! We can learn from their mistakes, correct what
we can, while ignoring their protestations, order our world aright,
and build a better tomorrow. Really, we have no choice.
© J. D. Longstreet