In order to feel justified within this new philosophy, they not only had to continue in the bad behavior that shamed them in the first place, they had to condemn any good behavior that held the mirror up to their secret self-disgust. This always involved them in blatant self-contradiction. The person who believed there was no truth would accuse others of lying. The person who said all sexual behavior should be accepted would declare chastity unacceptable. The person who believed tolerance was the highest value would find those who disagreed intolerable.
Ultimately their stratagems of self-deception destroyed their integrity, and their hidden shame festered and ate away... well, everything; the whole joy of living.
When I see, in the United States of America, a man rousted from his home at midnight and dragged to a police station over a YouTube video, when I see brutal, primitive, violent Islamism on the march and the values of free men and women in retreat, when I see so-called journalists doing everything they can to suppress, deny, and explain away rather than spread the news, my first reaction isn't outrage at our foolish failure of a president, nor is it hatred for the cancerous religion currently doing murder to people of every competing belief system everywhere around the world. My first reaction is genuine sadness over the many, many Democrats of good will who are going to betray every value they profess to hold dear and double down on their error this election day because they simply can't bear to acknowledge the fact that they were wrong.
Over and over in my mind, I keep hearing the famous words of Oliver Cromwell: "I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible that you may be mistaken!"
Article printed from Klavan On The Culture: http://pjmedia.com/andrewklavan
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