There are times when progressives become so bizarrely lost in their own feel-good mindset that they’ve reverted to supernaturalism and occultism. They’ve become enamored with magic chants and mystical spells.
For example, following the Paris attacks that left 130 souls actually, physically, permanently dead in the real world Obama unveiled his plan to counter the murderous thugs known variously as ISIS or ISIL. As reported by an ABC News article he said, “The most powerful tool we have to fight ISIL is to say that we’re not afraid.”
Already “Open Sesame” and “abracadabra” and “hocus pocus” have been replaced by “Gun Free Zones” and “Zero Tolerance” and “Social Justice.” Now the way to stop terrorists shooting and beheading and suicide bombing innocent people is to just shout at them “We’re Not Afraid.”
Maybe hordes of devout Obama disciples can be parachuted into Raqqa, capital of the ISIS caliphate, screaming “We’re Not Afraid” as loud as possible. It could work if they don’t lose their heads.
Of course politically correct conservatives tried the prestidigitation approach too. President Gerald Ford responded to high inflation in 1974 with his uttered magical spell of “Whip Inflation Now!” He had buttons and stickers made and even wore a WIN pin on his lapel. It probably never occurred to him – nor would it have been acceptable to the political powers who owned him – that simply pulling the plug on the Federal Reserve System’s fiat money printing press would have actually worked in the real world.
Then there was First Lady Nancy Reagan’s oratorical conjuring when she tried to convince the nation’s children that ingestion of the government’s arbitrarily designated illegal chemical compounds could be prevented by the repetitious incantation of “Just say no to drugs.”
Just imagine if all of America’s little elementary aged darlings had been bussed down to the Mexican border and lined up hand-in-hand from San Diego to Brownsville – like a Donald Trump Great Wall of Immigration – and began chanting in unison “just say no to drugs” to all those bad old drug cartel guys. Advocating “Just say no to the Drug War” would have been more effective, or at least more honest, but then how would the principals on both sides of that war have made their millions?
Then too there are those who charge libertarians with casting their own delusional voodoo verbiage like “voluntary” and “nonaggression” and “self-governance.” But libertarians aren’t necromancers; they know that neither witchy words nor rage nor prayer can substitute for actually living according to the Zero Aggression Principle. It’s not what one says or believes but what one does that matters. And therein lies the difference between reality and unicorns.