Worth Readingby Doug Patton
I love confrontational talk radio. Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, Laura Ingraham, and, of course, the king of the AM airwaves, Rush Limbaugh. However, one conservative radio talk show host gives me a headache. Itâ€™s not that I disagree with what this man says most of the time, but his tone, his anger and his overall demeanor make his message, for me, almost unlistenable. Author Bernard Goldberg even listed this host as one of the one hundred people who are screwing up America in his book by the same name. That man is Michael Savage. However, there is one issue about which Savage is consistently correct: liberalism is a mental disorder.
My most recent experience with this disorder came from politically tinged reviews of â€œThe Blind Side,â€ the inspiring true story of feisty Memphis housewife and mother Leigh Ann Tuohy, portrayed in Oscar-winning fashion by actress Sandra Bullock. Leigh Ann and her entrepreneur husband, Sean, played by Tim McGraw, adopt a homeless black teenager named Michael Oher and give him the opportunity to excel in school and on the football field. One of the first reviews I read of the film said that this was â€œsugarcoated racism.â€ Later, I heard a local radio host say much the same thing. His take on the movie was that this â€œrich familyâ€ was just trying to â€œassuage their guilt over their overt racism.â€
Then I saw the film, and I knew that Michael Savage was right. Liberalism, especially as it has manifested itself in 21st Century America, truly is a mental disorder.
What a pathetic idea that a well-to-do couple with two children of their own would open their beautiful home to a gigantic homeless black teenage boy they hardly know just because they feel guilty! Guilty about what? Having wealth? Or a nice home? Or the fact that they are white southerners? In the demented liberal worldview, Leigh Ann Tuohy and her family are not entitled to the wealth they have acquired. Because others have little or nothing, the Tuohys must somehow have deprived the poor of what they rightfully deserve. (Remember Barack Obamaâ€™s little speech to Joe the plumber?)
According to the twisted thinking of the progressive left, it is somehow morally right and socially just for the federal government to steal the resources of the Tuohy family and redistribute them to those who have not earned them, even though the crime-ridden, drug-infested Memphis projects out of which Michael Oher escaped are the product of failed government largess. But it is somehow racist and immoral when a generous Christian family uses their own hard-earned resources to open their home to a needy teenager, who then goes on to make something of himself as a college graduate and a professional football player.
Therein, of course, is the dilemma for liberals. They cannot stand the idea that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is being lived out in the hearts of a wealthy southern white couple, and that such individual generosity dwarfs government programs in actually changing the lives of the underprivileged. The left never complains when race hustlers and welfare pimps like the â€œReverendsâ€ Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton enrich themselves at the expense of the poor. But they are apoplectic when true Christian charity actually helps someone out of that poverty they decry as â€œracism.â€
Michael Oher thanks God for the Tuohy family because he is a member of it. The story of his life is so triumphant that it inspired a major motion picture. Government failure is so commonplace it is practically a maxim. Michael Oher is now a successful, productive member of society with a positive outlook on life. That is the legacy of the Christian love of the Tuohy family. Nearly all of Michaelâ€™s former â€œfriendsâ€ from the projects are addicted, incarcerated or dead. That is the legacy of the mental disorder known as liberalism.
Doug Patton is a former speechwriter and public policy advisor who now works as a freelance writer. His weekly columns appear in newspapers across the country and on various Internet websites, including Human Events Online and GOPUSA.com, where he is a senior writer and state editor.