"I don't think you know it yet, but you have won," Glenn Beck tells viewers this afternoon, understandably gloating a bit at the collectivist navel-gazing left's continuing incomprehension of this "predominantly white" "Restoring America" thing that went off without a hitch — not a scrap of litter left behind for others to pick up — on Saturday (above). "They believe in the Liberation Theology of oppressor and victim. You don't. You don't have self-pity," he added. "The top GOP leaders in Washington need to prove that they are worthy of it. The Third Great Awakening is what it's all about, and you are living history."
"From within her effete elitist bubble Arianna Huffington preaches open-mindedness," we twittered awhile ago in a momentary flash of insight into that great abyss, the "progressive" mind. The words of Yale President Rick Levin's welcome speech to her daughter's class of incoming freshmen — boilerplate to this tragic-view tea partier's tempered ears — had touched something deep within the dense utopian thicket of Mrs. Huffington's narrative-spinning apparatus, leading her to conflate Glenn Beck and President Obama in a grand unified theory about "the Hunger for Purpose in Times of Transition." Apparently unaware that "diversity" on campus is code for color of skin rather than content of character, she gushed:
Levin pointed out how the students "come from all 50 states and 58 nations" and urged them (and their parents) to go "entirely outside the range of your past experience," and "stretch yourself." "If the friends you make here are exclusively those who come from backgrounds just like your own and went to high schools just like your own," he said, "you will have forfeited half the value of a Yale education. Seek out friends with different histories and different interests; you will find that you learn the most from the people least like you."
As long as you toe the pc party line, of course. Diversity of world views need not apply. From there the HuffPo poobah-ette stumbled unwittingly into an embryonic if inchoate premonition of subsidiarian federalism:
"It's becoming clearer by the day that whatever 'good life' the country is going to have in the future, it's not going to be delivered by consumption — and, in the foreseeable future, it is unlikely to be delivered by Washington. The new "good life" will have to be "reasoned together" by all of us and forged together in our own communities and in our own families. As Obama said in 2006, "solving these problems will require changes in government policy, but it will also require changes in hearts and a change in minds."
That's where the rest of the country — Obama's "backwoods" tribes of bitter losers who "cling to guns or religion … as a way to explain their frustrations" — have been forever. You just weren't listening, Arianna & Company, including the Northeast Corridor fuddy-duddies of the establishment GOP, who still don't seem to get it. That's why it's a revelation for Arianna to have once been blind but now she sees:
"The challenge is to imagine a politics that takes moral and spiritual questions seriously," says Sandel, "but brings them to bear on broad economic and civic concerns, not only on sex and abortion." Justice, he writes, "is not only about the right way to distribute things. It is also about the right way to value things."