The initial week of the Biden presidency confirmed what many Trump voters feared. Biden embraced critical race theory garbage, he signed EOs promoting trans issues, the admin moved for troop numbers in the Middle East to climb, made immediate moves to destroy infrastructure jobs and shut off federal lands from oil and gas development. Many of the things Trump warned America about were proven correct in week one; he is a Trojan Horse for the radical left and puppet for the deep state. The media said those accusations were baseless and not true. Biden was a moderate. This shocked some Biden voters online. How could they miss it? They are part of the left’s morally misguided voter bloc.
This voter bloc was the bloc that falls for the modern deontology of the left. Something must be done only because it is right within the rules that the left has constructed and disseminated view their media organs. These people live a very moral life, not in a Christian ethics manner, but in the manner of current year leftism. Eight years ago, it was single women voting for Obama in ’12 because of gay marriage, and in ’20, it was ridding the nation of Trump.
Trump himself became the primary moral marker. The man did mouth the shibboleths of the left with obvious exceptions being against illegal immigration and some restrictions on trans individuals in specific, narrow circumstances. This is where quick requests for supposed racist or sexist behaviors and comments would reveal the man had 1990s takes, just not updated for 2016 leftism. The left’s memeplex made Trump himself the sign of good or bad behavior for voters, and these voters were definitely going to be good little voters.
The great act the left’s media and academic organs pulled in his term was to not just make the moral issue a factor in decision making, not simply placing it as the primary motivator, but making it the only factor in a decision. There was no room for anything else. Economics has the concept of indifference curves. There are two products and different ratios of one product versus the other will grant the consumer the same level of satisfaction. The issue facing us today is that this chunk of left wing voters has made it so no trade off is possible for other issues beyond just the Dump Trump decision. The only thing that matters to this voter bloc is the moral question.
This has made them moral fanatics. It is a perversion of the concept as one has the 1980s Moral Majority in mind when considering a bloc of moral voters, but it is true none the less. American Red Guards might be more appropriate as they are enforcers of the party’s morality, and whatever is deemed good in the moment. Is this called good or not? That is the only question that matters. There is no room for weighing the economic utility, the safety issues, or questions of fairness. There is just good/bad.
Mass incarceration if even a thing (what makes it mass?), which it is just a label attached to proper policing of a violent criminal underclass, is bad, therefore it must be ended. Do crime rates rise? We will see, but early returns on West Coast municipalities point to yes. Do communities suffer? Rising murder rates point to yes. None of this matters. What matters is that the right thing per the clerisy was done to enact these policies. There is not even space to discuss a consequentialist perspective because to be against their policy is to be immoral.
Facts and consequences will not matter as this is religious and fanatical in behavior. No evidence will be accepted. Robin Collingwood wrote on the scissors and paste method for historical understanding and analysis. The individual or group collects evidence that it cuts and glues into a narrative to fit their understanding of the world. Even in the event that contradictory evidence is found, it is not used or denied because it conflicts with the individual’s worldview. We already see the concept of hate facts online. We know some statistics disappear over time. Even when confronted with undeniable data, the source is smeared for privilege or whatever within the current leftist framework. Yesterday it was class, today it is race.
One of the easiest exposures of this insanity is trans athletes in women’s sports. Everyone knows female to male transitions do not factor into this because no woman can compete with born men on playing fields. Average height, build, speed and strength differentials are too much for even medical magic to overcome. This is about people born men declaring they are female and then using their biological edge for dominance. One could watch a basketball game with a trans teenager dominating a high school girls’ team and note that this destroys any semblance of fairness, even play, safety, injury risk, etc. Forget basketball, go to a girls’ wrestling match. Count the ice packs and medical attention when a trans athlete tears through a tournament.
These factors do not matter. There is no basket of factors to choose from for a public policy indifference curve. What matters is that in this current year, the trans female must be given equal opportunity to play. The opportunity, safety or fairness for the rest does not matter. This has long been encoded in our individual, civil rights legislation. There will be something else in five to ten years for them to become hysterical about even as society crumbles around them. Because the screens say it is good, none of these progressive morality voters will blink an eye at the grotesque circus around them.