Many people on both sides of the cultural divide that is now common in our country believe that what is going on in our nation has to do with preference. They want to tell themselves that there will be a day that these issues will not be issues. That we will one day come to the peaceful end of this bickering. But will we?
It is funny, usually, while no one is paying attention, madmen take off their masks. Hitler had his Mein Kampf, Obama The Dreams of My Father, and several speeches. Times when they let loose and reveal their real intentions. Now, we possibly see the Liberal end game in the rantings of a dying hippy.
A Harvard Law professor is telling his fellow liberals that the culture wars are over and the victorious Left should treat conservative Christians the way the allies treated Germany and Japan after World War II, offering no quarter or clemency.
In an online post, the 70-year-old professor Mark Tushnet (pictured), a surviving member of the old guard of 1960s liberal elites, advises his like-minded minions to unabashedly take up “aggressively liberal positions,” because they will no longer meet resistance, especially after the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia
This is most likely the realization that the liberal free hand is about to see real resistance or Tushnet is pushing because he knows his day is closing. At any rate, it is not something that we should take with a grain of salt.
Aside from the apparent insult, there is also the veiled threat. What was done to the Nazis and the Japanese? They were punished. They were made to pay for the colossal expense war, and many were executed.
“For liberals,” Tushnet writes, “the question now is how to deal with the losers in the culture wars. That’s mostly a question of tactics. My own judgment is that taking a hard line (‘You lost, live with it’) is better than trying to accommodate the losers.”
“Trying to be nice to the losers didn’t work well after the Civil War, nor after Brown,” he notes, whereas “taking a hard line seemed to work reasonably well in Germany and Japan after 1945.”
This kind of talk is very reminiscent of the thought process behind the re-education camps of Vietnam. It is also something that the Church has had to face before. The very reason that our Founders guaranteed our right to bear arms.
This old man might want to think twice before picking a fight with the three groups this would most affect; Catholics, Orthodox Jews, and Evangelicals.
He might poke the wrong bear!