What our liberals are engaging in is what I’ve taken to calling para-thought: a first-approximation, rough-cut, kinda sorta maybe “thinking” that has some of the form and substance of cogitation, but isn’t even close to the real thing.
Think of “paramedic.” This is no insult to paramedics, who save hundreds of thousands of lives each year, often at great personal risk. But it’ll never happen that, upon arrival at the hospital, the ER doc will say “no, you don’t need surgery for that sucking chest wound; the EMTs took care of everything.” Paramedicine is the life-saving stabilization before the specialist medical apparatus takes over.
Like paramedicine, then, para-thought patches up the gaping holes in a worldview. Consider what would’ve happened, for instance, if the police had caught the Sandy Hook shooter on his way to the slaughter. There’d be endless rounds of analysis of all the ways “the system” failed this disturbed young man. There’d be some soul-searching over the state’s proper jurisdiction, and the diagnostic/preventative role of the educational system. Some of the more thoughtful pundits would pen meditations on the tradeoff between liberty and security. And they’d be right to do so. These are real issues, requiring real thought.
Post-tragedy, of course, all the usual suspects dusted off all the usual rotten chestnuts — gun control, gun control, gun control, and more gun control….. but only after checking on this psycho’s Tea Party membership.
Conservatives believe in the existence of evil. Some men go bad, circumstantially or congentially. Denied access to guns, a maniac like the Sandy Hook murderer would simply have used a knife.
Liberals, being Marxists, believe that life is circumstance. No man would ever commit “evil’ (read: “socially disapproved actions”) if society’s institutions were perfect. Therefore, it must’ve been something in this psycho’s social milieu that drove him to it. But since Connecticut is a deep-blue state, with high per-pupil spending and access to all the wonderful arts and culture of the East Coast, para-thought requires that he be a right-winger, a gun nut, or both. [I’ll leave it to others to discuss the truly repulsive way the ghouls in the MSM and their fanbois immediately politicized it].
Liberalism is, at bottom, Marxism, which is the most perfect para-thought generator ever constructed. Marxism supplies easy, rote answers to any challenge to leftwing orthodoxy, from Things that are Wrong with Kansas to Obamaian fantasias about fixing our fiscal ills by taxing “the rich” just a little bit more.
Here are some hints:
- If the answer to some large political or social question seems “just soooo obvious” — or if you feel there’s one single answer at all — you’re para-thinking.
- If you’re talking about a group, and you find that you have simply no idea — none whatsoever — why anyone could possibly join or support that group, you’re para-thinking.
- If you get physically angry when someone suggests that you’re applying a double standard, or that your theory could just as easily apply to some cherished group or idea on your side, it’s para-thought for sure.
First we have to recognize these para-thought patterns… and then we must break them.