by Jack Watts
COMMON SENSE: In the seventeenth century, the Puritans used the pillory to force people into conformity to their view of what society should be. To humiliate those who offended their mandates, the Puritans would post the societal crime of the offender above their heads. For example, “For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge” became the acronym that is now a commonplace vulgarity in our society.
Once the Puritan experiment failed, the backlash against their way of life was fierce. To this day, being called a Puritan is unwanted by most, but there is a new version of Puritanism that is sweeping across America in the twenty-first century.
It is the depraved anti-Puritanism of the Progressive Radical Left. Their demand for conformity to their worldview is every bit as regimented as what the Puritans imposed on our original settlers. Just like earlier times, Heaven help the person who falls from grace in today’s society. Although not placed in a literal pillory, an offender is ostracized from society via the social media. If the person is famous enough, the media eviscerates them.
Some things are different though. In the days of the Puritans, there was forgiveness and reinstatement, but there isn’t with the depraved Progressives. If you fall, there is no reinstatement. There is no forgiveness. There is no life after falling, even if the offense occurred half a century earlier. Once it is discovered, a feeding frenzy ensues, and the life of the offender is systematically destroyed.
To the Progressives, a person’s adherence to their depraved worldview must be flawless. If someone behaved foolishly as a teenager, they remain an unworthy person a generation later. This is exactly how vicious the Progressives have become. They tout science about climate change, while denying science about DNA markers where gender fluidity is concerned.
Their belief system is a mishmash of nonsense. It’s rudderless and fundamentally flawed. Lacking a foundation, it is certain to self-destruct over time. The only trouble is determining how many millions it will destroy before it is done.