These arguments over our past are really over the present — and especially the future.Just like their racialist nonsense, the historical nonsense is only there to help them gain power. If the people think our Founders got it pretty much right, then it's going to be hard to convince voters to give the Secular Left the massive authoritarian power they crave and need in order to "fundamentally remake" America, as Obama said.
If progressives and socialists can at last convince the American public that their country was always hopelessly flawed, they can gain power to remake it based on their own interests. These elites see Americans not as unique individuals but as race, class, and gender collectives, with shared grievances from the past that must be paid out in the present and the future.
Dittos for the attacks on Catholicism. This echoes how and why lefties throughout time, from the socialists, the Nazis, the communists and assorted fascists attacked the Catholic Church. They need the foundations of society in rubble so they can remake it into the utopia they have created in their minds.
Perhaps the proper counter-argument to the howling of the Secular Left is to point out that it's all about power. If historical ignorance or outright lies help them gain power, so be it. If it takes race-baiting, fine. If it means brainwashing our children in schools run by the State, then that's the way it goes.
You can't make an omelette without breaking eggs.
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