The Mind is Mightier than The Progressive – by Marshall Hoyt
On paper, I have a pretty simple political background. Both my parents are pretty conservative. They are against abortion, for gun rights, and will always vote towards lessened government control. These are views I share, and I obviously grew up in the same household as them. To most of the left- that’s all they really need to know, or care about. I’m a conservative, indoctrinated with right-wing politics by my parents, and my opinion is unimportant because I just follow the politics set by them.
But that’s not really true, at all.
I never discussed politics with my parents growing up, not on a single policy, social issue or ethical dilemma. There were certainly things they taught me- they were my parents after all. They taught me about how important it is to give a helping hand, to offer kindness and respect to others. They taught me that stealing is wrong, that violence should not be the first step in a confrontation, and that you should be careful what you say, as to not unintentionally offend or hurt others. They taught me to respect others, regardless of their skin color, or their sex. They taught me many things, but not a single political talking point was enforced.
I’m certain most hardcore leftists believe these lessons to be a taboo in conservative households, that two right-winger parents whip their children, making them read the bible and repeat the second amendment before bed. They likely believe that all those aforementioned lessons would never be taught to a child of conservative parents. But, it is in fact the norm in most households (Regardless of politics) to convey these basic life lessons, to teach children how to be a reasonable person.
I also should note that neither parent came to their politics naturally. My father grew up in a liberal household, and my mother grew up in socialist Portugal. Their upbringings, and environment, are what lead them away from the ideals of liberalism and made them more conservative. But, to stop there would be to ignore the fact that my mother leans more libertarian, and my father more socially liberal in many ways- or at least has a greater tolerance for liberal narrative than my mother.
And what about me? By the time I was in my 20’s and started having political discussions with my mother, I found I aligned with her views pretty closely, by pure coincidence. My parents didn’t even know my political stances until a few short years ago. They had no clue where I stood on basically every issue. To some extent they thought I might even be liberal, just because we discussed politics so little. I came to my beliefs on my own, through research, evaluation and discussion with friends.
I also came to my politics as a response to my environment, much like my parents before me.
The world around me, growing up, was subtly liberal in almost every sense. From my school throwing fascism on to the far-right in an already troublesome left-right spectrum of beliefs to the immersion ruining lines that would often be thrown into TV shows and movies to make a statement, my world was surrounded with progressive talking points. Despite the fact that the two regimes that are most often associated with fascism share their worst aspects with their neighbors in the developing USSR, or that often characters became mouthpieces and did little to develop the plot or show any solid character development, I had nary a person in my immediate environment to point out the obvious. Complaints about Bush, fear mongering over weapons and global warming, lessons about the “positive” morality of abortions, anti-war discussions, the inherent evilness of men, and the demonization of republicans and their allies was what filled the world around me. Anyone who didn’t agree with the talking points thrown out on screen, on paper and through the mouths of people who are supposed to be guiding voices was ignored and often made fun of. Without talking to my parents, my environment was almost exclusively liberal.
I hated it.
I hated it not because I was taught to, or was expected to, but because I took to heart of the most important lesson my parents taught me growing up: Question everything.
Take nothing for granted, look deeper into every opinion, every line, and every belief. What I did with that deeper look, they left up to me. But when I took a deeper look into these things, I found the ugly beast that was under the surface. I found what years of quiet leftist take-over did. What happened when companies did discriminate on political lines. When teachers, screenwriters, and authors were all hired or heard because they had the correct politics. And now the “wrong” politics ARE grounds for firing. I observed how over the years, what started as a character dismissing another for a right-wing political belief, or a teacher omitting important details about economics or history, became characters with conservative viewpoints being the antagonists exactly because of their political beliefs, and teachers making everyone watch Obama’s inauguration because it was a “Historic Event” [Well, it was. Fourth generation red diaper baby as American president was novel. Horrifying, too. But yes, point taken they never made you guys watch ANY OTHER inauguration. And though I don’t have kids in high school now, I’d bet you teachers would rather chew their own legs off than make kids watch Trump’s inauguration.- SAH]
Over time I only saw this get worse. A kid getting in trouble for having a pop-tart shaped like a gun, a woman claiming to a trans-species cat and people defending her, Stanford proudly holding a separate graduation for black students under the guise of being good for the black students, and so much worse. Crazy events that in all honesty, I could not have predicted when I was in high school a decade ago, sneaking away from class during that “historic event” of Obama’s inauguration. [You made me pick you up after you sneaked out of the school, you wretch! You were skulking around downtown like a really large skulker.– SAH]
Frankly, I never knew how much of a death grip liberalism, and in particular radical progressivism had on our culture until it was drowning me, and I had to fight the current to escape. A culture so infatuated with progressive leanings, that many things conservatives warned as potentially dangerous outcomes of poorly thought out progressive legislation, were not only buried under the rug, [yeah. I’m more afraid of being buried-buried, like you know 100 million before us. – SAH] but when those things did come to pass, the progressive left started to act like it wasn’t predictable. Even worse, sometimes they started to defends that crazy outcome and act like they supported it all along. The culture and many people in it, moved from questionable to insane in the course of my own lifetime. For every libertarian or conservative classmate I had until I was of legal drinking age, I had 10 more liberals telling me how anything but leftist beliefs were wrong.
In a lot of ways, like most humans, the prospect of being told something was awful and dangerous in my formative years only drew me closer to it. The fact that so many old high school classmates fell into the traps that were set for them, and are now out-right socialists sometimes keeps me up at night. Having at least a basic command of history, this didn’t push me from the leftist culture to an extreme endpoint on the even further left, like it did far too people I knew. Rather, it pushed me further right. But everyone ended up on pretty divided lines, with little overlap of core beliefs. Today, I have more political beliefs in common with Nancy Pelosi than I do most of my old classmates from the high school I attended for two years. [What? I’ve talked to you. What are your beliefs in common with NP? “Standing upright is best?” or perhaps “If I don’t breathe, I’ll die?” I know you don’t drink anywhere close to Nancy Dypsomaniac Pelosi. Or do you mean you have more in common with her than occasional Cortex? – SAH] I share even less with the classmates of my older brother, a mere 4 years older. [A generation Occasionally Cortexing right enough.-SAH]
For a long time, I thought the culture war was over. Progressivism had won. Progressive voices seeped into every conceivable industry, and what would have been called out as biased or overly-political by most people on both sides of the political spectrum, within a few short years became the norm. Over the presidency of Obama, people got crazier, bolder, and a startling amount of people popped out to forgive and support them. By 2015, there didn’t seem to be a way to move the public opinion away from the bright blue tidal waves that were crashing against the shores of our very culture.
But, as many of you know, I was wrong.
Perhaps I was just ahead of the curve, being as I saw the subtle attempts at indoctrination and moved away from them. I didn’t merely accept what was being thrown at me, and I looked into those damned political beliefs I was told to stay away from. Political beliefs that I discovered to be far more common than I was told they were. Perhaps it was an indication of things to come.
One man became the wrench in the progressive machine. Trump.
He was a raging bull in the carefully arranged china shop of progressive beliefs; he was destroying the very foundation that the left had built the culture up on. He showed that there wasn’t a way to simply slowly move the culture way from progressivism, that you couldn’t be subtle or even kind; you couldn’t stop the machine by asking or by throwing a switch. You needed to make progressives go mad, make them furious that you’ve even dared show your face in public, make them destroy themselves in uncontrollable fits of rage and disbelief. What do they destroy themselves over, you might ask? Usually things that honestly have no effect on anything. Whether or not Trump thanks someone for holding an umbrella has literally no effect on how heavily you’re taxed, and his wife’s clothing choices certainly don’t determine the healthcare system. Yet the media, teachers, and screenwriters started blowing these things out a proportion. Speeches, not policies, were proof of a fascist agenda and everything was scrutinized regardless of its impact.
Progressives stopped being subtle, in any sense. They got pushed too far, and they started pushing people away. People started thinking for themselves. Instead of aligning themselves with the “LGBTQ+ Revision DUM.8, 9th Edition” community, they started to question why being gay instantly meant they had to approve of transgenderism. People asked why despising racism meant you should approve of affirmative action. Why did simply *watching* a person like Ben Shapiro mean you were personally comparable to actual Nazis who detained and murdered people? Why was there an expectation of absolute progressive beliefs, and anything out of line instantly made you the enemy?
I’ve heard many people call the upcoming generation, that being the one that’ll be hitting voting age by the time the next presidential election rolls around (Or arguably already did back in 2016), the most conservative generation to date. I wouldn’t say that’s strictly true. While yes, a fairly large number ranging around 59% of the upcoming generation leans more conservative or moderate (As of 2+ years ago), I’d argue that this generation is instead anti-progressive. Children, who saw progressivism at its worst, grew up not only being drowned by liberalism but being dragged into the depths by progressivism and its insanity, having to learn to fight back and pull themselves up above the waves. They’re not all necessarily conservative, but for every liberal golden boy and girl sacrificed at the altar for saying one thing wrong, or having one wrong opinion, another person is moved away from the progressive left.
For a long time I thought the culture was lost. But I suppose I should have had more faith that others would do as I did. That they would be attracted to the forbidden fruit of conservatism, just because they were told it was poison. I should have realized that the culture would start moving away from the ramping up craziness, and not only highlight it, but mock it. I should have seen that a culture under such progressivism couldn’t survive for long. Regardless of their upbringing, the world around them, and the indoctrination attempts, they moved away from the progressive world surrounding of them. They started to dominate the internet, tear down “safe spaces”, and utilize the world around them in a way the older generation could never do nearly as efficiently.
They took the pen, the keyboard, the power of voice itself, and told the progressive left to fuck off.
For the most part I can be at peace with this. I do have a concern about the amount of actual Nazis that the left it creating, both within their own ranks, and by imprinting on the impressionable and rebellious youth on the idea Nazism is bad [and all powerful, that’s the dangerous lie- SAH]. Which is obviously true, Nazism is bad. But when approving of border security or questioning the Russian conspiracy is enough to make you a full scale Nazi, some kids will just mindlessly embrace that title since it’s so meaningless now anyway. But I’ll leave Nazi-creation on the progressives’ conscience. Frankly that’s a discussion for another time.
What’s clear is that society fought back at that culture, in a way none of us could really expect it to. It fought back in big waves, and in small ones. From the reaction to the … ah… problematic director of The Last Jedi, to the immediate mocking of Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer being racist, this past year alone has shown an increased scrutiny of the progressive agenda shoved down our throats at every turn. Though the progressive left is sometimes deaf this change, to the waves tearing their ship apart, they will notice when it starts sinking. They’ll eventually come to realize that they’re in a world that’s against them now. We are the waves now, an ocean of people that are spitting progressivism out.
From a political ideology that’s been quiet — out sometimes of mere curtesy — for the past few decades, the loud and obnoxious progressives are now meeting a growing (conservative and libertarian) force that has been finally pushed too far. A force they don’t know how to deal with, except by being more elitist, more exclusionary [more stone-cold insane- SAH] and pushing more people into opposing them.
We’ve all started to become that wrench in the machine, and the left is ripping out the cogs to try and fix it.