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From the Pen of David Horowitz: October 23, 2009

October 23, 2009


My correspondent’s second question was an unexpected one, more perplexing than the first: “Do you ever feel that you are wasting your breath? Do you think that truth will ever matter? No matter what you prove or disprove, in the end the truth will remain in the shadows of what people want to hear and want to believe.”

I agree more than I care to with this thought. It is the human wish to be told lies that keeps us where we are. A stoic realism lies at the heart of the conservative viewpoint. It is about accepting limits that are absolute, which the human condition places on human hope.
One could define the left as just the opposite: the inability to come to terms with who we are; the obstinate, compulsive, destructive belief in the fantasy of transformation, in the desperate hope of an earthly redemption.

I have watched my friends whose ideas created an empire of inhumanity survive the catastrophe of their schemes and go on to unexpected triumph in the ashes of their defeat. Forced to witness the collapse of everything they once had dreamed and worked to achieve, they have emerged unchastened by their illusions to renew their destructive utopian crusades. The society they declared war on has even rewarded them for their misdeeds. Today they are cultural navigators in the nation most responsible for their worldwide defeat. I cannot explain this dystopian paradox other than to agree that politics is indeed irrational and socialism a wish as deep as any religious faith. I do not know that the truth must necessarily remain in the shadows. But I am persuaded that a lie grounded in human desire is too powerful for reason to kill.

Left Illusions

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  1. October 23, 2009 4:46 am

    And yet there is a peace that comes from truth. A peace that accepts and understands a world full of untruths. To war against a turbulent sea of a world full of lies and deception will drain the best of men, the best we can do is to insist upon it’s presence in all that we say and do.

  2. MaryAnn permalink
    October 23, 2009 7:18 am

    “I am persuaded that a lie grounded in human desire is too powerful for reason to kill.” For reason alone, I agree. Reason, by itself, finds its end and salvation in man. Faith alone will also fail, as it leads to superstition. What is needed is both faith and reason. Faith keeps our hearts and minds focused on God and reminds us that God alone is the ultimate arbitor of humanity and its inherent difficulties and inconsistencies; reason allows us to navigate through these difficulties and inconsistencies in light of that Truth. We are not called to get results in terms of solving all of mans problems- that is Gods job; we are called to faith that requires us to act in the light of truth. The Truth will always matter, even if no one believes it, because it will always be there.

  3. SanePerson permalink
    October 23, 2009 8:10 am

    This is simplistic but I think they want to be the “groovy” ones and not the squares. They cringe at the thought of agreeing with the ilk of Dick Cheney/Reagan/other bugaboos, and having people think they are alte kakers in their thinking. I was this way until recently, when reality hit me like a ton of bricks and I did NOT vote for Obama. And I am appalled at the Dems I voted for in the past (John Kerry, Henry Waxman, Barbara Boxer, et al., puke!).

    • Gloria Murphy permalink
      October 23, 2009 9:57 am

      It delights me when I hear a story of a re-awakening. Mazol Tov

      • pappenjazz permalink
        October 23, 2009 12:58 pm

        David, your description of Conservatism vs the Left is so on the mark. While your statement, ‘…a lie grounded in human desire is too powerful for reason to kill.’ may be true, I don’t know if a ‘killing’ is required. The requirement is to recognize it…

      • SanePerson permalink
        October 23, 2009 12:58 pm

        Thanks. Most of my family hates Republicans and gets their news from Jon Stewart. But once you move away from the dark side, that’s it.

        • LanceThruster permalink
          October 23, 2009 2:11 pm

          They sound like good people and would be welcomed in my home as friends.

          “Friends are the family you pick for yourself.”

          • SanePerson permalink
            October 24, 2009 10:11 am

            They are good people. They just get angry/defensive if they hear anything opposing Obama’s policies. They have a right to their opinions and I don’t even bring this stuff up now that I see the reaction.

  4. Walt permalink
    October 24, 2009 12:05 am

    One must accept the value of truth in and of itself. Its public acceptance is desirable, but is of only secondary importance. Aristotle recognized truth as a virtue in his Nicomachean Ethics. Also, if truth is a virtue, it is a recognizable good, being that it is virtuous. Would it be good to state things as more or less than they actually are for the sake of expediency? Can a just outcome come from an untruth?

  5. GraFox permalink
    October 24, 2009 6:24 am

    “Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never–in nothing, great or small, large or petty–never give in, except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.

    We stood all alone a year ago, and to many countries it seemed that our account was closed, we were finished. All this tradition of ours, our songs, our School history, this part of the history of this country, were gone and finished and liquidated.

    Very different is the mood today. Britain, other nations thought, had drawn a sponge across her slate. But instead our country stood in the gap. There was no flinching and no thought of giving in; and by what seemed almost a miracle to those outside these Islands, though we ourselves never doubted it, we now find ourselves in a position where I say that we can be sure that we have only to persevere to conquer.”

    — Winston Churchill, Harrow School Speech
    October 29, 1941

    David — I discovered your voice much later than I should have and I now turn to you regularly for clarity, truth and encouragement. Do not ever underestimate your impact. In many ways the real fight has just begun and the impact of your work is just beginning to come home. It takes time for information to distill from the ivy towers of power out to us great unwashed masses. But when the common man ‘gets’ the picture he’ll still pull the lever on the side of common sense. Thank you for your amazing, unflagging work.

  6. October 24, 2009 7:37 am

    The wishfull thinking based in emotions and blind faith in the ideas that have been proven over and over to be sucidial are hard to change. They want to believe in the fairy tales and not face reality. As some()Margaret Thatcher ) said-Socialism is wonderfull, the only problem is we run out of other peoples money.

  7. Fran permalink
    October 24, 2009 3:34 pm

    .I cannot explain this dystopian paradox other than to agree that politics is indeed irrational and socialism a wish as deep as any religious faith. I do not know that the truth must necessarily remain in the shadows. But I am persuaded that a lie grounded in human desire is too powerful for reason to kill….

    Thank you for your insight, but allow me to set you straight.
    The lie that is grounded in human desire is not for socialism, nor for the belief in human ability to create perfection in the world. The lie is grounded in the human desire to never have to face the truth, and to always hide behind the lie they create that is their own self image. They will never face the truth of who and what they they actually are.

    Everyone who thinks that the leftists mean well is mistaken. I am convinced that they are as aware as anyone of their deliberate distortion of reality. They must keep the lie alive to avoid the reality that they are small, rigid-minded, smug, arrogant, conceited, ignorant, and not fit to tie the shoes of a free man. They denigrate humanity to create their elitism.

  8. October 25, 2009 4:36 pm

    I enjoy reading all the comments. David, is that really you? Are you really that young? Or maybe, it’s just that I’m getting old and EVERYONE looks younger than me. Anyway…was just curious.

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