The Saga of the Revenge Seekers
A negative moan spread through the audience at the mention of Mitt Romney. Barack Obama, the President of the United States of America, locked into campaign mode and running for reelection, instructed those gathered, “Don’t boo, vote…vote. Voting’s the best revenge.”
Having pondered this passing, but significant, statement made by President Obama, I have sensed that there is a civil war of ideologies brewing in the nation. The president’s statement reveals an attitude and corresponding agenda of “revenge.” Against whom is he waging war, seeking revenge? I have identified five groups of people against whom there is an antagonistic thrust at the hand of “progressive” representatives. Following is an introduction to the groups of which I refer. Forthcoming is separate articles on each group.
As we proceed, I encourage you to realize that an ideology must be evaluated according to the consistent application of its principles, not its abuses and departures.
The first revenge target (to be addressed, not of importance) is capitalists. Exacting “revenge” upon this group involves demonizing them in the eyes of the general public by insinuating that successful people oppress poor people in order to get rich and by employing a redistribution of wealth scheme. You might notice that there are significant ironies and inconsistencies in this. Every false worldview eventually demonstrates its inconsistencies. Many of the people leveling the crosshairs are beneficiaries of the very system they have chosen to oppose. Of course, not all beneficiaries of capitalism have become so by hard work and entrepreneurial efforts. Many are beneficiaries through inheritance or fund raising and contributions. There is a definite thread of Marxist ideology in this move to prey upon and use the growing entitlement mentality among a segment of the culture.
The next group is Americans. In this sense, “Americans” represent, in the mind of the critic, a colonial imperialist persona. According to this perspective, Americans have simply been unjust, overbearing and interfering historically and globally. Such a perspective inspired an international apology tour from the revenger-in-chief.
The next group is men. Men, characterized by the Alpha Male image are viewed as the aggressive, dominating oppressor creating war on women, gays and weaker nations. Revenge toward this group has interesting ties to other social issues like abortion, women’s “rights,” gay “rights” and attacks on marriage and family.
Next, we have Caucasians. As oppression (more popularly promoted as bullying) is a theme running through all the categories mentioned, White People will be targets of revenge as the oppressors of other races. It matters little that those making the criticisms and accusations find it quite acceptable to oppress those of whom they take exception.
The final category is Christians, or less personally, Christianity. This is not revenge on religion in general, though it will lead to this. Christianity and the adherents thereof are viewed as oppressors. As one of the tenets of Christianity is that Jesus is the only source of salvation, Christians are seen as oppressing other religions. More prevalent, however, they are viewed as oppressors of those seeking to cast off moral restraints. Revisionists seem to ignore the fact that these “moral restraints” have long been the foundation of a stable, fruitful society.
If you’re a rich, white, American Christian man, you’re in for a significant challenge. Though there is legitimate debate on the nature of Mormonism, the above categories are rather descriptive of Mitt Romney.