08 July 2014

The Modern Pharisees

The modern Pharisees are liberals:

Al Gore reportedly left government with a net worth of less than $2 million; he's now worth more than $200 million, in part by profiting from climate policies he lobbies for. Gore surely believes in those policies, but why does he get the benefit of the doubt? GE spent millions on politics in exchange for "green energy" policies that generate billions in profits that wouldn't exist in a free market. Matthew Continetti of the Washington Free Beacon recently chronicled how George Soros and new liberal golden-boy fat cat Tom Steyer have financial interests at stake in their own preferred public policies. And yet they get glowing treatment from the press as idealists sacrificing profit for principles.
Liberals are quintessential Pharisees, in that they are not only flawed, but they are deluded in thinking that they are essentially flawless.  Case in point:  Al Gore pursues policies that make him super-rich, but at no point does anyone question his motives; his motives are simply assumed to be pure by mere virtue of the fact that he is a double-plus-good-thinking liberal.  Now, I have no idea what his motives are, but I’m a little doubtful that his policies are not motivated by profit.  I’m willing to concede that it’s possible that his enthusiasm for his beliefs have propelled him to success, but I’m not 100% convinced that this is indeed the case.

More to the point, the most infuriating thing about liberals is how they are not at all different from the people they condemn as raciss, sexiss, homophobic, etc.  Some of the most hilarious racist and sexist jokes were told to me by self-confessed liberals.  I’ve heard liberals use an astonishing array of remarkably diverse racial epithets.  What’s impressive to me, though, is how many of them think that a) they are doing this “ironically” and that b) doing so makes it not racist.  Liberals simply cannot admit that they are just like everyone else; to do so would undermine their status as the morally superior.  Thus, they are the modern Pharisees, and are consequently deserving of mockery, condemnation, and contempt.