Alexander's Column

A liberal case study -- one big dysfunctional family

By Mark Alexander · Nov. 3, 2000

“A developing child in a dysfunctional family searches his parent's face for signals that he is whole and all is right with the world; when he finds no such approval, he begins to feel that something is wrong inside. And because he doubts his worth and authenticity, he begins controlling his inner experience – smothering spontaneity, masking emotion, diverting creativity into robotic routine, and distracting an awareness of all he is missing with an unconvincing replica of what he might have been.” –Al Gore in his epoch diatribe, “Earth in the Balance.”

Much has been said of Al Gore's obsessive prevarication. But underlying his deception and its trademark – hypocrisy – is the universal identifying pathology of contemporary American leftists. They compose one big dysfunctional family, which Gore – unwittingly – describes in his book. Liberals have coalesced to form a family-wide delusion, which is projected outside the family in an effort to entice the external community's support – and they won't be satisfied until we are all dysfunctional children, all parroting their delusions.

“Earth in the Balance” is now the holy writ of the eco-theological cult making up the core of his dysfunctional family of sycophants. The idolatry it sets up – earth worship – is the family's central thematic delusion. “We are joining forces for an enduring cause: to protect the air, the water and the planet God gave us,” Gore told his followers. “I want you to know that's a cause I have held for my entire life, long before I entered public service.”

Gore adulterates the Holy Bible to support his delusion. “Indeed,” he writes, “the first instance of 'pollution' in the Bible occurs when Cain slays Abel.” Cain had “defiled the ground” with Abel's blood. Of course, it was not Abel's blood on the ground which displeased God, but Cain's act of spilling Abel's blood. But the latter notion is lost on Gore.

Exemplifying his delusion, Gore said in one presidential debate, “In my faith tradition, it's written in the book of Matthew, 'Where your heart is, there is your treasure also.' And I believe that we ought to recognize the value to our children and grandchildren of taking steps that preserve the environment in a way that's good for them.” But Christ actually said, “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Gore's “faith tradition” bumbling of this passage turns its meaning on end. But no matter to him, if that end justifies the means.

Further characterizing the liberal family's delusion is the inherent hypocrisy of all it advocates. (Incidentally, later in book of Matthew, Christ warns us to “be not as the hypocrites.”) That hypocrisy is omnipresent in the policies Gore promotes.

For example, though Gore argues for protecting the earth in its natural state, virtually all of his political prescriptions violate the natural state of man. This hypocrisy typifies the depth of the family's delusion. Gore is an advocate of Darwinian evolution while, simultaneously, his initiatives violate every tenet of the natural state of man. He advocates policies which empower the weakest and least productive, and weakens the strongest or most productive. He is an advocate of homosexuality, though that violates the most basic elements of God's design.

Gore believes that even the most minute of organisms should be protected in its natural order, but when it comes to the order of man, he wants to use every artificial means to enforce equality. His active cadre talk about equality, but they emanate from, and cater to, the most elite.

Gore practices vicious demagoguery when it comes to private enterprise, yet he campaigns on the “strong economy.” He hates “big oil” but owns $500,000 worth of Occidental Petroleum stock. He argues for better housing for the poor – except for his impoverished tenants. He is strong on the environment – except when it is an income-producing mining operation on his property.

Gore preaches “tolerance” but tolerates only those of like mind and ilk. He defends the “right” to kill the most innocent of all – unborn children – while opposing the death penalty for the most heinous of criminals. He is “pro-choice” on abortion but not education, though he and his family have all attended exclusive private schools. He opposes prayer in government schools yet preaches his aberrant politics from the pulpits of black churches.

Gore says he wants to free black Americans by chaining them to the lie that they won't ever be free without the help of Sociocrats and the central government. He says he opposes quotas but supports affirmative action.

Albert Gore wants to tax all but the most destitute Americans – redistributing wealth to “those who need it most.” Yet, two years ago, Gore, who is one of “the wealthiest 1%” he speaks of with such contempt, could only find it in his heart to give $353 of his income to support destitute Americans.

All of this delusional hypocrisy exposes the dysfunctional family's underlying self-contempt, masquerading as Gore's narcissistic crusade to keep “Earth in the Balance.” Gore adequately summarizes his family's “insatiable search for what, sadly, can never be found: unconditional love and acceptance.”

“There is a powerful psychological reason that the rules go unquestioned in a dysfunctional family. Infants and developing children are so completely dependent that they cannot afford even to think that there is something wrong with the parent, even if the rules do not feel right or make sense. Since children cannot bear to identify the all-powerful parent as the source of dysfunctionality, they assume that the problem is within themselves. This is the crucial moment when the inner psychological wound is inflicted – and it is a self-inflicted wound, a fundamental loss of faith by the children in themselves. The pain of that wound often lasts an entire lifetime, and the emptiness and alienation that result can give rise to enormous amounts of psychological energy, expended during the critical period when the psyche is formed in an insatiable search for what, sadly, can never be found: unconditional love and acceptance. … It is not uncommon for one member of a dysfunctional family to exhibit symptoms of a serious psychological disorder that will be found, upon scrutiny, to be the outward manifestation of a pattern of dysfunctionality that includes the entire family.”

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