In his article, "How to Argue with (Guilty) Liberals," Carey Roberts wrote, "Like a demanding and ill-mannered child, liberals are used to getting their way. Whenever they lapse into the losing side of an argument, they reflexively resort to name-calling and mud-slinging. Epithets like "neo-Nazi," "crypto-fascist," and "imperialist stooge" buzz like mosquitoes hovering over a Potomac swamp. But how many conservatives who are targets of such slurs know these liberals are indulging in one of the greatest intellectual ruses in history? How many realize it's a matter of the red-faced pot calling the kettle black?" (http://www.chronwatch-america.com/articles/5457/1/How-to-Argue-With-a-Guilty-Liberal/Page1.html) In response to Careys' well-reasoned advice, Free Republic members with in possession of a lot of first-hand experience with liberals responded with cogent observations such as: "It is a mental disease," "Liberals are not moved by facts and logic. So none of this will work," "Never attempt to analyze insanity. It is usless to argue with liberals," "I can't talk to them...all they do is yell 'Bush is stupid' and nothing else....to them thats the end of any discussion." (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2325537/posts)
Researchers of the genesis of Progressive Liberal ideas say that the movement first arose during the Renaissance as a rejection of the Church and Biblical God paired to a turning back to the "old ways." The old ways here defined as 'magic,' that is, esoteric Kabbalism, Gnosticism, Theosophy, Heremeticism, Roisicrucianism, alchemy, satanic Tantric sex-magic, the Eternal Return, and more.
In other words, the rebels knew the Truth but willfully chose to turn back to the old ways. They would then pretend to not know what they could not help but know (Acts 28: 26-27)
So complete was the rebellion against mans' Creator that in the words of Lester Crocker the rebels desired, "...a total integration of man in nature, with refusal of any transcendence....The important thing, as La Mettrie, d'Holbach, and others made clear, is that he is submitted to the same laws; everything is response to need---mechanically...like a tree or a machine. Man merely carries out natural forces---without any freedom whatsoever---in all he does, whether he loves or hates, helps or hurts, gives life or takes it." (Monsters From the Id, E. Michael Jones, , p5)
In short, the rebels hatred of our Creator was so complete that they would choose to imagine themselves as souless machines or plantbeings rather than to be made in His spiritual image. Nature, Gaia, Overmind, the Goddess of Historical Necessity, dialectical matter---all of these irrational things would be touted as their 'creators,' and eventually be taught to the West as 'evolutionary science.' In other words, the rebels knew the Truth but willfully chose to turn back to the old ways. Knowing the Truth, they chose to reject Truth and then pretend to not know what they could not help but know (Acts 28: 26-27) In this way they could freely act upon their basest passions---which they would trumpet as 'reason'--- and be free of guilt, or so they hoped.
The Psalmist writes that 'the fool has said in his heart, there is no God." (Psalm 14) The ultimate cause of disorder, chaos, and all other evils is to forget God. This evil begets other evils, and from the days of the Enlightenment rebels to our own time, the rebellion against God has not only resulted in construction of a massive, tightly-woven edifice of lies that now encompasses the West---all but obliterating the light of truth and reality--- but has unleashed murder in numbers so vast that the word 'genocide' had to be invented in order to describe what took place in the USSR, Nazi Germany, and all places that have come under the control of the rebels, whose insane hatred of God and creation is manifest in ideological systems known as Marxist Communism, scientific socialism, Fascism, Freudianism, Progressivism, positivist materialism, political correctness and multiculturalism, among other things.
In todays' psychological terminology, the observations made by Freepers---aptly dubbed 'liberal insanity' by one of them---is called cognitive dissonance, which means that two opposing ideas, or truth-claims---one true and one false--- are held within one's mind at the same time. As pride is offended by truth, insanity (also known as moral imbecility) results from willfully choosing to pretend not to know the truth. This is the moral disposition is called willful ignorance in Acts 28: 26-27.
Calling itself wise, scientific, enlightened, and reasoned, the spirit of Progressivism is a deceiver, for in reality its politics are the politics of fools and wicked men. Though it claims to be forward-thinking, the spirit of Progressivism has in reality, cast the West back into the prevailing darkness of the Roman Empire during its collapse. Its' much-vaunted 'change' has resulted in the unmaking of the true spiritual progress of Jesus Christ and his many disciples, one of whom was St. Augustine.
It was during those dark of the collapse of the Roman Empire that St. Augustine both revolutionized and brought to a close antiquity's idea of freedom by connecting it with morals. "Thus," he writes in the City of God, "a good man, though a slave (of Christ Jesus), is free; but a wicked man, though a king, is a slave. For he serves, not one man alone, but, what is worse, as many masters as he has vices." Augustine revolutionized the concept of freedom by connecting it to morals, or as our Founders said, to Virtues, for only virtuous men can be free men they declared in the manner of St. Augustine. Man, said Augustine, was not a slave to nature (or nature's 'gods') or to nature's laws, as Aristotle claimed. His freedom was a function of both will and moral state. Thus man's will is free to turn to his Creator and seek Truth and liberty or conversely, to turn away from his Creator into the darkness of willful ignorance, thus enslaving itself to pride and other vices. (Libido Dominandi, E. Michael Jones, p. 57)
Libido Dominandi, or Eros Tyrannus (wickedness) are the terms applied by Augustine to the pneumopathology (spiritual disease) that inevitably results when mans' will has become a slave to base passions.
In his analysis of the Progressive Left, Jamie Glazov, author of United in Hate writes, " The Left habitually attempts to distance itself from its own history and to obfuscate any straightforward analysis of its political motives, goals, and allegiances. In doing so, the Left intentionally blurs its own complicity in the greatest crimes of the twentieth century." (p. 1) In other words, the Progressive Left speaks with forked tongues and pretends not to know truth. They are doublespeakers; the evil men of Psalm 140 whose tongues are sharp and poison is under their lips....they set snares for the good man and compass him about with their deceptions. Snares, lies, and deceptions---these are the evil essence of Saul Alinskys' Rules for Radicals whose adherents are Hillary and Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, among many others of the Progressive Left.
Glazov writes that the Progressive Left dedicates "their lives to erasing individuality---including their own---and becoming part of a group from whose party line they cannot waiver..." In other words, they seek escape from their Creator through an illusion of absorption into nature. Rather than being an individual person created in the spiritual image of Yahweh, they desperately yearn for annihilation of both their individuality and individual souls by becoming 'one with' nature. Hence they are "motivated by the Marxist dream of destroying the world as it is and building a utopia on its ashes..." (quotes found on p. 2, United in Hate) In short, the rebels greed and envy have swollen to the point where they seek not only the death of the Immortal, but the destruction of the Created Order. This is the condition called Libido Dominandi taken to the maximum point of demonic evil. The rebels now tread the same highway to hell taken by Nimrod (Amraphel in OT) who rebelled against God, then declared himself god, and with his adherents, attempted to bring heaven to earth by building the Tower of Babel with the help of demons.
In St. Athanasius' "On the Incarnation," he describes how envy caused man to die and set in motion all other sins, "God made man for incorruption, and as an image of His own eternity; but by envy of the devil, death came into the world."
Envy, said St. Gregory of Nyssa, is, "The passion which causes evil, the father of death, the first entrance for sin, the root of wickedness, the birth of sorrow, the mother of misfortune, the basis of disobedience, the beginning of shame. Envy banishes us from paradise....Envy made Joseph a slave. Envy is the death-dealing sting, the hidden weapon, the sickness of nature, the bitter poison, the self-willed emaciation, the bitter dart, the nail of the soul, the fire in the heart, the flame burning on the inside..." (Life of Moses, quoted in Death by Envy, p. 74)
"Scripture combines envy with jealousy, covetousness and stinginess, into a single concept that is a manifestation of idolatry (narcissism) of self and belief that there is a limited supply of good," writes Fr. George R. A. Aquaro, author of "Death by Envy." If we move aside and dig below the rationalizations for population control, manifested through abortion, eugenics, and multiple sustainable-growth schemes, we'll find hideous envy squatting there at bottom.
In the final analysis, malice and envy towards God compels man to annihilate himself through absorption into nature. This is the definition of damnation. Hell is not a punishment meted out by a hateful God as some would think, but an absolute refusal of a pardon granted all mankind. It is impossible to receive good from a person one envies, and so it is that one cannot be saved if one resents God. This is the message of the Prodigal Son in Luke 15:11-32 when the elder brother refused to enter the house when his brother returned.
If you've neither heard of nor read Bill Wieses' chilling account of how he spent 23 minutes in hell, then read the brief account at this link: http://22.214.171.124/search?q=cache:mQkoNZ1yx5IJ:www.examiner.com/x-11731-Boise-Christian-Living-Examiner~y2009m7d29-Spend-23-minutes-in-hell+23+minutes+in+hell&cd=18&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us&ie=UTF-8
Wiese says that his stay in hell lasted exactly 23 minutes long. "He woke at 3:00 in the morning, feeling as if he had just been "catapulted" from his bed. He fell thousands of feet in darkness until he hit the cold, stone floor of a prison cell -- a temporary holding area in the pit of hell where he was tortured by demons before witnessing the destiny of the damned."
"It was raining fire and burning rock, similar to the way lava falls from the sky when a volcano explodes. The smoke from the flames was very thick, allowing visibility for only a short distance, but what I could see was horrifying. I saw many people reaching out of the pit of fire, desperately trying to claw their way out. But there was no escape," explains Wiese."
"In his vision, Jesus rescues Wiese from hell and takes him to safety. Wiese writes: "I was instantly sobered as He allowed me to see a steady stream of people falling through a tunnel -- one after the other, after the other, after the other -- into an open cavern, into the terror that I had just escaped. While I was watching the scene, Jesus allowed me to feel just a small amount of the sorrow He feels for His creation that is going to hell. His love is so far beyond our capacity and is infinitely greater than our love. I couldn't stand feeling even a fraction of the anguish He feels."
Slaves of demonic malice and envy, Progressives desperately seek something they outwardly call 'equality,' but which is in fact, annihilation of self through absorption into nature. Strange isn't it, that the 'equality' they crave and the one place that offers it for eternity is hell.