In a recent post we wondered what had happened to the “question authority” part of the American Left. It seems as if the the lockstep “progressives” have completely crushed the spark of humanity that existed in many “good liberals” of yesteryear. Now the Left celebrates conformity, authoritarianism, secrecy, censorship, and even the deep state, totally.
We’re not the only ones who are sad to see the best part of modern American “liberalism” go.
In the hit 1970s sitcom All in the Family, Rob Reiner played Michael Stivic, whose progressive countercultural 1960s sensibilities made him a perfect foil for his bigoted, conservative father-in-law Archie Bunker’s struggles to adapt to a rapidly changing world.
Now a celebrated advocate of the Democratic party, Reiner’s great artistic achievement in 2017 was collaborating with neoconservatives and intelligence community insiders to produce a jarring propaganda videofeaturing Morgan Freeman warning that “we are at war” with Russia. So far his masterpiece of 2018 is a tweet declaring that if you “libel” Russophobic eugenicist James Clapper and CIA torture facilitator-turned-MSNBC pundit John Brennan you are libeling America.
We never set out to become our parents. A counterculture never sets out to become the thing it rebelled against. An actor never sets out to become a twisted mockery of the character he once played. But it happens.