Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Reb Bradley: A Nation of Liberal Crybabies



WorldNetDaily has been advertising a new book by author Reb Bradley called Born Liberal, Raised Right: How to Rescue America from Moral Decline – One Family at a Time. In it, he makes a pretty convincing case about why our nation is in such straits. He was on Fox and Friends this morning to chat about it. In essence, we can thank liberals for the way our nation is turning into a country of whiny crybabies who are incapable of governing themselves. Here's an excerpt from the WND article on this book . . .

America is increasingly lacking in-self control, says Bradley. He says adults no longer restrain themselves from destructive actions and behaviors, because they have not been taught to do so as children.

"A few decades ago, people were just as human as we are in this decade," he writes. "Like us, they got angry, they lusted, they coveted, and they drowned their grief by one means or another. But in one important way, they were different from us – they had greater self-control. Because they were more self-restraining, they did not allow themselves to be ruled by their anger; hence the murder rate was markedly less. They lusted, but they had greater sexual self-restraint, so had sexual contact with fewer people and contracted fewer STDs. They coveted other people's money and possessions, but they had the ability to not act on their covetousness; hence fewer were compelled to steal. In the last 40 years we have lost the virtue of self-control. No longer is our society populated by individuals who can restrain or 'govern' themselves. To lack the capacity to control one's urges or passions is to lack what our nation's Founders called personal 'self-government.'"

Bradley contends that liberalism is the natural condition of the human heart and for people to be capable of self-government, they must be trained against their own nature.

"In this age of technology, one might say that liberalism is our 'default' operating condition," he writes. "Throughout our childhoods, our parents must work hard and change our settings to keep us from operating in our default mode. If parents are successful, we enter adulthood with our new settings fully locked in. Left untrained, all children would grow up liberal in their outlook."

"Liberals are merely inadequately trained children who grew up and now lead using principles they gleaned from their upbringing," he says.

All people are born liberal, Bradley writes, meaning they are ruled first by their emotions and passions.

"We come into the world determined to survive, and we vehemently express ourselves to get what we need: 'Waaa!' and Momma feeds us," he writes. "'Waaa!' and our diaper is changed' 'Waaa!' and we are put down for a nap. As infants, our strong will can keep us comfortable and alive – the more outspoken we are, the more our needs are met. However, as we start to grow, we no longer cry for our necessities – we crave pleasure, too."

These ideas are not really new, explains Bradley. They are just in need of rediscovery.


I couldn't have said it better myself. Interesting how the liberal mindset and instinct seem to go hand in hand with an unrestrained sin nature.

7 comments:

Ron said...

..for I the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation.. Ex20:4

Self lordship is idolatry. Satan is a very crafty salesman.

Solameanie said...
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Solameanie said...

Ron,

I've also been caught by the utter rage and hostility that spills out when anyone stands in the way of them fulfilling their desires.

Ron said...

Joel

You should see how this plays out in the bible studies I lead among the poor and previous homeless folks at my local rescue mission, who, like me, weren't raised (discipled) with any Christian roots at all. First, I speak about how we all have something in common, how we have someone in our family line who knew God but turned their face away to satisfy their own sin. Then I lead them to this verse. You want to talk about eyes being opened to truth...the truth of God's word. Nothing short of amazing.

lee n. field said...

"Bradley contends that liberalism is the natural condition of the human heart and for people to be capable of self-government, they must be trained against their own nature."

Interesting, interesting, interesting. That dovetails with the most recent book I read, Michael Horton's _Christless Christianity_. He maintains that our natural religion is either a Pelagian works salvation, climbing upward to God, or a gnosticism turning inward to find God. In contrast, Christianity's content is profoundly unnatural for us in this era, and without hearing it constantly Christians can easily stray. And we're not hearing it enough, most places.

Combine our natural politics with our natural religion, and what do you get?

Get it, read it. This is not just a problem for "those apostate mainliners".

Solameanie said...

Lee,

I think the Emergent Church fiasco over the past few years has shown all of us that purportedly evangelical churches have serious issues of discernment, and not just the "apostate mainliners." For people who call themselves evangelicals to trash the substitutionary atonement and jump on the pro-gay marriage bandwagon is pretty indicative.

Ron said...

"For people who call themselves evangelicals to trash the substitutionary atonement and jump on the pro-gay marriage bandwagon is pretty indicative."

Alas, play-do god, for a more maleable religion.