There is a sprawling leftist infrastructure that now embraces the largely Pennsylvania Dutch borough in which I live. Although a solid majority of the votes still lean Republican, the belief system is being reshaped by the Left.
The German concept Bedeutungshoheit — sovereignty in determining the meaning of things — explains what is at stake. When vital cultural institutions fall into leftist hands, and our side can’t generate a suitable resistance, it’s only a matter of time before the better-equipped side furnishes the dominant views.
Our public schools now belong to the NEA; our largest county daily, Lancaster Newspapers (for which I used to be a columnist), reads like a badly edited version of the Washington Post, interspersed with local trivia.
The other day, for example, I learned from listening to our NBC affiliate that a nearby high school was becoming a suppurating source of transphobia. Athletes there must suffer the indignity of competing in sports events according to their biological sex. Meanwhile, our Democratic governor is being praised for looking after “women’s health issues,” which the other party, we are led to believe, is callously ignoring. Supposedly the January 6 commission was proving that Donald Trump had incited an insurrection. To my knowledge, the news show offered no countervailing information that might challenge that party line. My wife tried to explain as I began to rant: “Everyone knows it’s lies.”
Unfortunately, that’s not the case. White professionals may well believe what they’re hearing. Certainly, those who work in the college where I taught, a stone’s throw from my house, think exactly like the news announcers, the editors of the Lancaster Newspapers, and our unionized school teachers. …
In 2020, some residents placed Trump signs on their lawns, but most of them were torn down. Now, most of the signs in my neighborhood celebrate Democratic politicians, while BLM posters have surfaced on the next block.
I’m delighted that Democrats are bleeding Hispanic voters and that our working class has been spared academic indoctrination. But we can’t afford to lose white professionals to our hegemonic leftist institutions.
If one side is silenced then the only version that can be heard is eventually accepted as fact.
Certainly that’s what happened with the causes of climate change. The facts and evidence didn’t change, just that after 2013 the skeptics were silenced.