I took a road trip last week during Spring Break. My family and I drove to
South Carolina and back for a cousin’s
wedding. It was wonderful – except for
parts of the ride.
All the way – both ways – drivers camped out in the left lane. It was maddening.
I remember - back in the day – when there was an unspoken rule-of-the-road. You drove in the right lane(s) and passed in the left lane. Everyone knew it. Almost everyone did it. Traffic flowed. There was nothing called “road rage.”
This is the latest example of post-modernism run amok. Post-modernism is a progressive philosophical thought-process that says that we can make our own rules and that we can define words how we want. It began 60-70 years ago, but is now upon us with a vengeance.
It reared its ugly head first in our political psyche in a big way with Bill Clinton when he declared “I did not have sexual relations with that woman – Ms. Lewinsky” and pondered what “the definition of ‘is’ is.”
Al Gore followed suit when he called the Constitution a “living, breathing document.”
And in 2000 – for liberals – a “win” was not a “win.”
And – of course – how can we forget the campaign of 2008 with its “hope and change.” We never really knew what they meant. We still don’t. But liberals eat it up.
Now, in Congress, we find that the Democrat Senate President Harry Reid says that the Democrat-controlled Senate doesn’t have to pass a budget (even though it’s a rule). In the current campaign for president, we find that people need to pay “their fair share” in taxes. In recent Supreme Court hearings, a tax is a penalty. No wait, a penalty is a tax. Ughhh…
I like a world where rules matter and words mean what they mean. No guessing – no making up the rules as we go along. It seems to work better that way. And driving is a much more pleasant experience (except for the gas).