7. Believes dissenters are evil
Both The Moral Majority and the Left see those who resist them as evil agents who must be stopped.
The Moral Majority found their demons among the entertainment industry, those who manufacture and heavily influence popular culture. It was they who Falwell found to be circulating dangerous, disruptive ideas.
But the Left is no different, except that they find their demons in fly-over country, an interior land with inferior people who are evil and whose ideas must be eradicated.
Voted for Trump? You’re evil. Against abortion? You’re evil. Are a skeptic about manmade global warming, climate change, or climate disruption? You’re evil. Go to church? You’re really evil.
But coercion will—ultimately—result in rejection and rebellion. The Left is beginning to suffer the same fate as The Moral Majority.
If your ideas about society and culture and how things should be are dear to you, don’t kill those ideas by trying to steamroll over your neighbors with legislation and regulation. If your ideas bear great fruits, advertise them, espouse them, shout them from the highest mountain and tweet to your heart’s content. Our culture should be swarming with opposing viewpoints, ideas for sale, if you will, diverse perspectives of thought that lead to knowledge, understanding and enlightenment.
Only in my dreams. For now, the pendulum swings.