Jonah Goldberg: Liberals worship Big Government as their God

Big Government is the God and religion of the progressives, National Review Online Editor-at-large  Jonah Goldberg told the Faith and Freedom Conference Friday morning.

“They believe in what the philosopher Hegel called ‘the God State’ because government could do all the things that God would do if God actually existed,” Goldberg said. “It empowered the Left to play God.”

The Left is about putting human beings in the place of God and creating a heaven on Earth and make the “hear and now like the hearafter” regardless of whether Bolsheviks or progressives are involved, according to Goldberg.

“The problem is you cannot do that; you cannot create a heaven on earth,” Goldberg said. “The perfect society is reserved for the next life, not for this one, and this is something that all conservatives fundamentally understand – that we are made from the crooked timber of humanity and that state cannot straighten it out.”

Barack Obama isn’t any exception when it comes to using what Goldberg calls “liberal clichés”.

This is especially true when the president discusses “social justice” because he is talking about the best way to have the state design society as if it were divine. Goldberg referred to the Obama campaign’s “Life of Julia” website as a prime example.

“It is one of the creepiest things I have ever seen,” Goldberg said. “First of all, the guy is president for life according to this thing. He’s president until 2070 and poor Julia is this young woman who benefits enormously from having President Obama in office.

“Her whole life basically is about her relationship to the state, and at the end of working hard her entire life she gets to work in a community garden. She doesn’t get her own garden because we are in a community garden.”

Goldberg mocked the section of the website where it says she decided to have a child under President Obama, chuckling that women never said that about Jimmy Carter.

He then went on to attack politicians from both parties for trying to define society in terms of its relationship to the federal government.

“It’s always about a paid volunteer program or something,” Goldberg said. “The reality is that unless you are Hannibal Lecter, we are all dedicated to causes larger than ourselves – our family, our jobs, our churches, our synagogues. These are all causes larger than ourselves.

“President Obama, Charlie Rangel and others like saying government is a thing we all do together. No it’s not,” Goldberg continued. “Well then, watching the Super Bowl might as well be called government.”

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