Top notch from Sowell.
I was especially struck by the similarity of the following of my being brought up in hard core fundamentalist Baptist church. "Thought" consisted of their particular dogma and pointing out that all who were not in agreement were obviously bound for hell.
Moreover, the moral perspective that goes with this prevailing ideological view is all too often that of people who see themselves as being on the side of the angels against the forces of evil -- whether the particular issue at hand is gun control, environmentalism, race or whatever.No matter if the subject is; gun control, income distribution, environmentalism, gay issues, or a host of others today, the MSM / elite perspective is fundamentalist. To hell with the Constitution, thousands of years of history, the Bible, real science (the falsifiable kind), and a host of other elements of good and common sense-- the elites are "morally right", and to disagree is to risk loss of employment, rights, freedom of speech, and if you persist, loss of your freedom in incarceration.
While I defend the right of that old church to have any beliefs they want, the very core of America was that in the public square, diversity of thought was to be celebrated and stood up for. Even and especially the "wacko sorts".
We may all have hated Skokie Nazis, but the ACLU once defended their right to spew their hate. No more. Today our MSM and elites tow a "party line" that allows no diversity of thought. You WILL celebrate all aspects of homosexuality, you WILL finally give up your 2nd amendment rights, you WILL submit to BOcare and whatever other federally mandated coercion can be dreamed up.
Their power is not yet totally complete, but their objectives absolutely are, and their progress toward them ought to be more than enough for any thinking American to be concerned and vigilant.