By Ralph Wallace | Jun 20, 2019

As I listened recently to our minister’s sermon based on the Book of Acts, wherein Peter is told that there is another view of Christian acceptance that differs from the orthodoxy of conventional scripture, I thought of today’s political world. Two other insights buttressed the oppositional idea that we must challenge what is sometimes considered conventional wisdom.

My first insight is that there is an abhorrent group-speak on the left that is based upon beliefs that are viewed as self-evident truisms. Here are two examples taken from letters and articles in Maine newspapers last week: “…many of us on the Midcoast have watched liberal democracy fall away revealing deep veins of hatred, misogyny, racism, intolerance, and homophobia.” Of course, this was aimed at President Trump, as was. “…he is willfully ignorant of the foundation of the United States, and is step by step dismantling the Constitution.” The last statement is so completely laughable on its face that it really doesn’t deserve serious consideration – particularly from the side that wants to abolish the Electoral College. Nevertheless, this is the dogma on the left. As for the “hatred, intolerance” rant, could it not also be applied to Democrats such as Congresswomen Omar and Talib, who have shattered the respectful decency of floor debate with their profane language, dreadful disrespect of the 9/11 tragedy, and mind-numbing anti-Semitic diatribes? I offer this to counter the left’s sky-is-falling view of the Trumpian era.

My second insight is homespun. I overheard two schoolteachers discussing a recent union presentation wherein Trump was excoriated by one speaker after another. In obvious frustration, one said to the other, “Where is it written that all teachers must be Democrats?” Wow! Here was the clearest possible, plain-spoken expression that the assumed political orthodoxy of progressives is patently false.

I further my challenge to the left’s orthodoxy with an observation that probably doesn’t rise to that provided to Peter, but which definitely informs mere mortals today. Have you ever noticed that in social gatherings – house parties, golf chatter, theater queues etc., those on the left are quick to offer their political views? Invariably, there is an assumption that their opinions are based on an orthodoxy which we must, of course, all hold valid: Trump is evil; Republicans are racist; capitalism is bad. Curiously, conservatives in these situations seem to hold their fire. They either stay silent or respond with something bland, such as, “Do you really think so?” Or perhaps it might just be seen as plain boring to simply state a fact, such as, “In May, according to the Labor Department, there were 7.449 million unfilled jobs, and 5.824 unemployed.”

I conclude with my belief that there is an abhorrent sanctimony on the left concerning our present political condition. While by no means perfect, our country is strong, our country is safe and we Americans are enjoying a quality of life that is the envy of the world. It might just be time for those on the left to get off their not-so-magic carpet and experience a Peter-like revelation of what is considered political orthodoxy today.

Comments (10)
Posted by: Ronald Horvath | Jun 24, 2019 18:34

It's all too apparent that "abhorrent sanctimony" should be the title of this smug, partisan rant.  And perhaps, Ralph, you'll read the words of your own side.


"If You Cheat On Your Spouse, You’ll Cheat On Your Country."  -Sean Hannity 2008


"Don't let Obama play the Iran card in order to start a war in order to get elected - be careful Republicans!"  -Donald Trump 10/22/12




Posted by: Eric Schrader | Jun 24, 2019 10:55

Then Richard, do is all a favor and leave our great Country to live in those rogue nations that you dearly love. Better take a lot of MRE's.

Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Jun 24, 2019 08:52

Rogue nation? We have become the biggest rogue nation there is!.

Posted by: Eric Schrader | Jun 24, 2019 08:38

That's right Richard, LESS GOVERNMENT! That's a good thing. Unfortunately, the USA cannot be an isolationist and expect to preserve our freedom. The other rogue nations of the world don't stay within their borders. Yea, maybe it's time for you to become a Republican, because we'll need all the Republicans we can get to turn Augusta RED and fix their mistakes in four years of a democrat administration.

Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Jun 24, 2019 05:55

WOW!! Less government. That means they are going to be pro choice on abortion, prostitution and drug use. How about letting other countries mind their own business while we solve our own problems.  That would certainly make Iran, North Korea, Venezuela and Cuba happy.    Hmmm, maybe I'll turn Republican. Happy days ARE here again; must be Funday Monday!!

Posted by: Eric Schrader | Jun 24, 2019 05:22

Good article Ralph. I think the Republican Journal needs to put a cap on the number of words allowed in the comment section to stop all the "cut and paste" responses, which no one reads anyway. I, for one, do not hold back on my conservative views of more freedom, less government intervention into our lives, especially from our beloved Augusta, who can't seem to close out a legislative session without major loose ends. We've got 151 house members and 30+ senate members to govern a paltry 1.33 million people in 16 counties. Since I'm from "away", I can tell you that my county alone had 1.33 million people with 3 state representatives and we functioned very well. As our beloved Ronald Reagan proclaimed that the scariest words in the English language are "I'm from the government and I'm here to help you".

Posted by: Harold Bryson Mosher | Jun 24, 2019 02:02

Sanctimony: the action or practice of acting as if one were morally superior to other people.  This brings to mind the manufactured outrage that came about when Michelle Obama wore a sleeveless dress.  Seeing Trump on television denying the findings of the FBI, CIA, and NSA, saying that Vladimir Putin, who was standing right next to him, said it wasn't so, and finding it a bit cheesy might not be sanctimony.  It might simply be honesty.

Posted by: RALPH WALLACE | Jun 23, 2019 10:23

Capt. Cut & Paste's endless clippings don't address the salient point of the column - sanctimony. For rational readers - just count the number of times that Dems opine openly while "conservatives hold their fire" in public discussions. The irony of his final comment (the one that wasn't cut & pasted) is his blanket statement that all is "BS" and every conservative commentator is "delusional."   Ahhhhh   …  Dem orthodoxy at its quintessential best.

Posted by: Ronald Horvath | Jun 22, 2019 18:40

"A quality of life that is the envy of the world?"  Could it be, Ralph, that the left is simply reacting to this kind of fantasy dogma of the right?  I know that for some people -a small minority and mostly Republicans- thing couldn't be better.



"A truly bizarre trend is having an impact on the economy — wealthy people and corporations have so much money they literally don't know what to do with it.

Why it matters: At a time when growing income inequality is fueling voter discontent and underpinning an array of social movements, the top 1% of earners and big companies are holding record levels of unused cash.


The Tax Cut and Jobs Act — i.e., the Trump tax cut —exacerbated these issues, slashing the share of U.S. taxes that companies paid to its lowest level in at least half a century and provided companies even more capital for buybacks, dividends and executive compensation.


"Perhaps the fallacy of the tax plan to begin with was companies were not starved for capital coming into this," Mark Hackett, chief of investment research at Nationwide, tells Axios. "They were starved for growth opportunities."

The end result is money that would previously have been split between businesses, workers and the government for projects like schools, health care and infrastructure is instead sitting in corporate accounts earning little to no return."



But for many average people things are that great, not that Republicans care, but just to state the case.



"The net worth of the average 18- to 35-year-old has plummeted 34 percent since 1996, according to new study from accounting group Deloitte.


Despite stereotypes that millennials overspend on entertainment and dining out, the Deloitte study found that the generation is paying more for education, food, transportation and other basic needs, while their incomes have stayed steady.


The group's average net worth is now below $8,000, putting today's millennials in a worse financial position than previous generations.

“The narrative out there is that millennials are ruining everything, from breakfast cereal to weddings, but what matters to consumers today isn’t much different than it was 50 years ago,” chief retail officer Kasey Lobaugh told the Post. “Generally speaking, there have not been dramatic changes in how consumers spend their money.



"Nearly half of American workers enrolled in these plans say they don’t have enough savings to cover the cost of the deductible.  It’s one symptom of the sad state of American health care, where people are going bankrupt, or have to move in with family, or cut back on food — even as they have insurance."



Maybe that explains this:



"Rates of deaths from suicides, drug overdoses and alcohol have reached an all-time high in the United States, but some states have been hit far harder than others, according to a report released Wednesday by the Commonwealth Fund.

The report examined data in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., taking an in-depth look at 47 factors that have an impact on health outcomes, including insurance coverage, access to doctors, obesity, smoking, even tooth loss, and ultimately assigning each state a score. The data are from 2017.


Although the rates of the so-called deaths of despair are up nationally, the report's investigators were particularly struck by regional differences in the rates.

Death rates from suicide and alcohol also showed regional disparities. People died at higher rates by suicide or from alcohol than from drugs in Montana, Nebraska, the Dakotas, Oregon and Wyoming."



And, "conservatives in these situations seem to hold their fire?"  Really, Ralph.  Since when?  This is total BS and you know it.  Do you really think that because trump lies his way through the world that you can follow suit with this kind of delusional claim?  Conservatives have always been howlers.  The Limbaughs, Joneses, and Coulters are proof of that.  Could it be that it's harder to fight off the "facts" in person than it is to simply ignore them online.

Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Jun 20, 2019 14:32

Unemployed seems to be the way of life for "young" people. And I say "Young" sparingly for it seems they are in the upper 20'-30's. We seem to have a generation of non workers...Perhaps further education is now an ongoing event.

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