Squaring the Culture

"...and I will make justice the plumb line, and righteousness the level;
then hail will sweep away the refuge of lies,
and the waters will overflow the secret place."
Isaiah 28:17

11/22/2010 (11:24 am)

How To Talk To Progressives — Every Time

Thank God for Chris Christie, Governor of New Jersey. Seriously. He is providing the model for dealing with Progressives that we’ve needed for so long. This is outstanding. Four minutes and change. Listen:

“You can come and talk to me when he’s out of his job, and not one minute before.” Christie simply rejects out of hand the incredible double standard which these evil human beings take for granted. And make no mistake, Progressives are evil, but a very common, familiar sort of evil: they’re rebellious children grown to adult size. Just like when dealing with children, they cannot be permitted to benefit from their tantrums, their manipulations, or their lies, ever. They need to be handled with firmness and made to pay for their excesses, or else they get no dinner.

We’ve actually seen this approach work before. We saw Ezra Levant and Mark Steyn resist the Canadian Human Rights Commission (HRC) after telling the truth about Islam’s conflict with Western-style liberty, and win. The result was the dismantling of the Progressive Kangaroo Court that was the HRC. And let’s not forget how the Progressives responded to voters telling them “No” over Obama’s Health Care Thuggery. When you grow a spine and get in their face properly, they have nothing much to say. Like spoiled children, they’re all noise but lack the ability to follow through. The illegal shenanigans that they employed to get ObamaCare past the Congress demonstrate that you have to be vigilant about taking away Plan B. But there’s no payoff to cooperating with their games.

Remember, when dealing with a Progressive, that they do not actually believe anything they tell you about what’s right and wrong; they only use moral speech when they want to use guilt to control you. Ignore them, and decide using whatever moral guidelines you usually use. You do not have to get angry, although it probably won’t hurt much if you do (especially if they’re already angry.) The rule is, never accept the lies they’re telling you “for the sake of civility,” treat them the way you would treat an angry teenager: tell the unvarnished truth without apology (especially the truth about what they’re doing), stick to your principles, insist firmly that they act responsibly, and never give in.

The similarity between the approach that works with naughty children and the approach that works with Progressives suggests that the cause of Progressivism is improper parenting, parenting without sufficient backbone. Ultimately the downfall of the West has been that we’ve let our children get out of hand. I’m guessing that we would find something similar in the demise of any major civilization. Affluence seems to make parents soft. It is a lesson we should never forget.

I would love to see Christie run for President, but honestly, I think we should let him finish his term in New Jersey to show the nation what needs to be done. The man is priceless.

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November 22, 2010 @ 12:36 pm #

Agreed on Christie. Both on the potential and the need to wait. I’ve heard Christie/Palin and Christie/Bolton as suggestions for a winning ticket. Haven’t heard Palin/Bolton yet – that’s one to think about as well.

The consistent strains among the three are the conservative principles all three adhere to, and the ability to speak plainly. It’s something that’s sadly lacking in the majority of today’s politicians.

Watching Fox News series on Conservatism with Brit Hume. Very good, and while I remember voting for Reagan, I find that I must not have seen many of his speeches – they’re new to me. And I’m enjoying them.

It makes me even sadder that he suffered Alzheimer’s – that was _our_ loss as much as his. We can just be thankful that he wasn’t afflicted at an earlier age. Alzheimer’s is a _terrible_ disease.

November 23, 2010 @ 11:38 am #


I clearly saw signs of the onset of Alzheimer’s when Reagan was campaigning for his second term. What that tells me is that even with the start of Alzheimer’s he was a far greater President then what we have now. Also, it makes a difference when you’re surrounded by good/competent people.

November 23, 2010 @ 4:46 pm #

Phil, you make me laugh.

Best wishes from your favorite evil progressive.

Joe Huster

November 24, 2010 @ 8:42 am #

[…] says “She’s hot, and that’s the whole story.” So, in the spirit of the “How To Talk To Progressives” post from a couple of days ago, I wrote a letter and posted it on the Atlantic. Here’s what […]

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