Those who lament the “partisan divide” in Congress are missing the point. This is not about partisanship, it is about, to borrow Thomas Sowell’s phrase, a “conflict of visions.” Proof of this is that those who have no reason to be partisan – my favorite cousin, for example – falls right into line with Democrat Party policies on quite literally every issue. In fact, tell me but a single belief of one of my friends or neighbors (people with no reason to go against their own beliefs for the sake of the party) and I can tell you every other policy he supports or opposes.
If, for example, you were to tell me that you believe that global warming is real and manmade, I can predict to perfection that you support Obama’s healthcare scheme, opposes the immigration bill in Arizona and elsewhere and perceive across-the-board tax cuts as “tax cuts for the rich.” On the other hand, tell me that you recognize manmade global warming to be the hoax that it is, and I can predict to perfection that you supported the liberation of the Iraqi people, are a strong supporter of Israel and understand that raising taxes on the most successful is a recipe for disaster.
What seems like a “partisan divide” is really a fundamental and unbridgeable difference in how the two sides see the world, their understanding of mankind and of human nature. Most fundamental to this difference is how one understands the condition of the human being at the moment of his birth.
The Modern Liberal – the dominant ideology in today’s Democrat Party – believes that the human being is born morally perfect. If left alone – uncorrupted by society – he would grow up to be a morally perfect person, someone who would do all the right things because such is his nature. The conservative – the dominant ideology in today’s Republican Party – recognizes that the child is born with the propensity for both good and evil (and everything in between) and thus needs outside influences to encourage him to tamp down the evil instincts and to pursue that which is good.
Since the Modern Liberal believes the human being is born morally perfect, he is convinced that utopia is not only possible, but easily achieved. All that is required to usher in a “brotherhood of man” (John Lennon’s phrase in the Modern Liberal anthem “Imagine”) is to retard the child’s moral and intellectual growth at a level prior to his being corrupted by society. Further, the Modern Liberal is convinced, that when someone does something wrong – anything from dropping out of school to rape, torture and genocide – it must be because he was somehow victimized. “To those with this vision,” Thomas Sowell writes, “the criminal is twice victimized. First, by whatever special circumstance provoked his crime and then by those who lust to see him punished.” (Emphasis added.)