The Corner

Good Day for a Truce, Eh?

Maggie Gallagher:

After gay marriage, what will be the next item on the left’s agenda of reshaping the American people so we conform better to their tastes, views and values?

In Canada, the polygamist and polyamorists are now in court fighting for their right to marry.

In Massachussetts this week, Gov. Deval Patrick quietly signed an executive order mandating affirmative steps to end “discrimination” for people with diverse “gender identity and expression” — and requiring this not only of state agencies but of all who contract with any state agency. Affirmative action for cross-dressers, with or without surgery? Co-ed public bathrooms?

In San Francisco, the newest idea is to get voters this November to criminalize infant circumcision. That’s right. In the paradigmatic American city of liberalism, the big new idea is to put out a big sign: Jews Not Welcome Here.

The culture war will never be over because the left will never permit itself to declare victory and stop pushing for more.

The progressive imagination requires victims in order to sustain its own identity as the hero.

And being men and women of the left, they have no problem using government to reshape morality, preferably using your tax dollars to build institutions to reshape your children’s and grandchildren’s moral outlook. And on the left, they have no problem aggressively condemning fellow citizens who disagree with their novel views as bigots, haters and all-around morally bad folks.

In short, when it comes to the culture war, gentlemen may cry “peace, peace,” but there is no peace.

And so, for those of us who are the objects of the left’s culture war, the questions become: “Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery?”

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