In Pursuit of Knowledge

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In an period of political correctness, advantage signaling and woke-ness, knowledge is in such quick provide that when found it stands out like a beacon in a storm.

Knowledge shouldn’t be equated with info, of which we’ve a lot, although info is much less informative than it’s directive towards outcomes most well-liked by its suppliers. Scripture is filled with knowledge however as church attendance declines and denominations throughout the theological spectrum lose members, whereas gaining fewer new ones, that font of historic knowledge will not be a main supply for a lot of People.

What’s knowledge? Dictionary.com contains amongst its definitions: “data of what’s true or proper coupled with simply judgment as to motion…”

What defines true and proper in 2021 when nearly all the pieces that was thought-about true and proper for millennia is now thought-about outdated by the cultural bandits? How are their replacements understanding?

One small publication has not relinquished knowledge or goal reality to the mob. It’s referred to as “Fashionable Age,” printed by The Intercollegiate Research Institute, a self-identified “conservative assessment,” however do not put them in a pigeonhole in case that label does not outline you.

In its spring concern, editor Daniel McCarthy makes a daring prediction. McCarthy believes “Progressivism is a dying ideology,” regardless of its “hegemonic place within the nation’s media and most faculty campuses.”

Whereas some on the left see the slim victories by Democrats on the nationwide degree within the 2020 election as proof of the development of progressivism, McCarthy sees the alternative. He writes the Democratic Get together “has no leaders extra interesting than a 78-year-old Joe Biden. Who will exchange him? There isn’t any second Obama.”

Biden has stated he desires to run for a second time period. He can be 82 in 2024. Are voters able to re-elect somebody that outdated?

Who on the left has broad public help? Many of the nationally recognized progressives have loud voices, however just about no legislative information. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is essentially the most acquainted amongst this small group, however some consider she and the others are largely media creations with few accomplishments.

Pre-pandemic, a Republican president and Republicans on the whole have been on a roll. In just about each class that issues — from the financial system to immigration, to international coverage — Republicans have been profitable. Have been it not for the virus and Donald Trump’s caustic character, Republicans virtually actually would nonetheless be in energy.

Even so, notes McCarthy, Democrats misplaced Home seats and are tied within the Senate. In a nod to the upcoming future he provides, “The clearest lesson of all was that with out the demonic caricature of President Trump to drive Democratic turnout in 2018 and final 12 months, the Democrats would haven’t any magnetic pull in any respect. The fateful query for Republicans, after all, is whether or not they can proceed to draw the Trump coalition with out Trump himself on the poll.”

What if Trump runs once more, as he claimed he would possibly do in a type of revenge marketing campaign? The sphere is at the moment frozen as potential GOP candidates await Trump’s choice.

A fair bigger query is can Republican candidates not solely hold the Trump coalition intact, but in addition win suburban ladies who largely voted for Biden as a result of Trump’s language and habits turned them off? And can Democrats be as energized in 2024 as they have been final 12 months, not as a result of they cherished Biden, however as a result of they could not stand Trump?

McCarthy is on to one thing, however can Republicans capitalize on progressive overreach, together with tradition points like essential race idea? With the pandemic probably diminished as a difficulty in subsequent 12 months’s congressional races and possibly not a priority within the 2024 presidential contest, it would take knowledge for Republicans to win again what they so lately had.

Readers could e mail Cal Thomas at tcaeditors@tribpub.com. Search for Cal Thomas’ newest ebook “America’s Expiration Date: The Fall of Empires and Superpowers and the Way forward for america” (HarperCollins/Zondervan).

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