Left de­stroys more than it cre­ates

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary -

Watch­ing the left at­tempt­ing to undo the great­ness of Amer­i­can medicine and dis­man­tle the un­prece­dent­edly pow­er­ful Amer­i­can eco­nomic en­gine built al­most en­tirely on non-gov­ern­men­tal en­tre­pre­neur­ial ef­fort, I re­al­ize once again that the left is far bet­ter at de­stroy­ing than build­ing.

I first re­al­ized this as I watched the left — and here I sadly in­clude the whole organized left from lib­eral to far left — do what­ever it could to de­stroy one of the most won­der­ful or­ga­ni­za­tions in Amer­i­can life, the Boy Scouts of Amer­ica. From Demo­cratic city gov­ern­ments to the New York Times and other lib­eral ed­i­to­rial pages to the most de­struc­tive or­ga­ni­za­tion on the left, the Amer­i­can Civil Lib­er­ties Union (ACLU), there has been the most con­certed ef­fort to break the Boy Scouts.

When chal­lenged about this, fel­low Amer­i­cans on the left re­spond that this is a false ac­cu­sa­tion, that they have no de­sire to de­stroy the Boy Scouts, only to co­erce the or­ga­ni­za­tion into ac­cept­ing as scouts and scout leaders boys and men who have an­nounced they are gay.

This is not an hon­est re­sponse, how­ever, be­cause the left is in fact do­ing what­ever it can to de­stroy the Boy Scouts un­til the Boy Scouts change their pol­icy on gays. The left­wing po­si­tion is that if the Boy Scouts do not change a pol­icy that has been in place since the in­cep­tion of the or­ga­ni­za­tion, they do not de­serve to ex­ist.

There­fore it is en­tirely ac­cu­rate to state that the left wishes to de­stroy the Boy Scouts as that or­ga­ni­za­tion now ex­ists. No mat­ter how much good the Boy Scouts have done and con­tinue to do for mil­lions of boys, for the left, all this good amounts to noth­ing.

For the left in this in­stance, as in most in­stances, the at­ti­tude is: De­stroy the im­per­fect in or­der to build the per­fect.

There is no left-wing Boy Scouts. The left knows best how to crush the non-left Boy Scouts, but it has never made a boys or­ga­ni­za­tion of its own.

Like­wise with in­di­vid­ual lives de­voted to the poor. Sure, there are sec­u­lar and left-wing or­ga­ni­za­tions de­voted to the poor, but the in­di­vid­u­als who give up their lives to the poor­est in Amer­ica and the world, like the mem­bers of Sal­va­tion Army at home and the Mother Tere­sas abroad, are over­whelm­ingly re­li­gious (and to be fair, Chris­tian).

I spent Thanks­giv­ing week in Zam­bia and be­nighted Zim­babwe with my teenage son to help an or­ga­ni­za­tion give out mos­quito nets and seed to the poor­est of the poor. The or­ga­ni­za­tion that brought us there, Rock of Africa, is a Chris­tian or­ga­ni­za­tion that works with the des­ti­tute in Zim­babwe. As with a larger, also Chris­tian­based, or­ga­ni­za­tion that I have worked with for nearly two years (full dis­clo­sure: It pe­ri­od­i­cally spon­sors my ra­dio show), Cure In­ter­na­tional, all those af­fil­i­ated with the or­ga­ni­za­tion get noth­ing or al­most noth­ing for their work.

Why do the doc­tors who work at, and those who build, Cure In­ter­na­tional’s hos­pi­tals in places like Hon­duras, Uganda and Afghanistan and the vol­un­teers of Rock of Africa do their work? Be­cause they be­lieve that their faith de­mands that they do (I have no re­li­gious agenda here, as I am Jewish, not Chris­tian). The num­ber of Chris­tians and Chris­tian or­ga­ni­za­tions do­ing self-sac­ri­fic­ing work around the world is large and im­pres­sive. Now, there are also sec­u­lar or­ga­ni­za­tions do­ing mag­nif­i­cent work in the poor­est parts of the world — Doc­tors Without Bor­ders is a well-known ex­am­ple — but I would bet that the num­ber of re­li­gious in­di­vid­u­als who give their lives for vir­tu­ally no pay to the worst off in Amer­ica and around the world is far greater than the num­ber of ir­re­li­gious in­di­vid­u­als.

And just as there is no left­wing Boy Scouts, there is no Sal­va­tion Army built and manned by peo­ple with left­wing val­ues. Nor has there ever been a left-wing coun­try as mag­nan­i­mous, as will­ing to die for oth­ers, as op­por­tu­nity-giv­ing to peo­ple from all over the world, as Amer­ica, whose great­ness comes from its tra­di­tional sec­u­lar val­ues and its Judeo-Chris­tian val­ues. As with the Boy Scouts, the left can bring an Amer­ica down, but it can­not build one.

Den­nis Prager is a na­tion­ally syndicated colum­nist.

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