The Midas touch is named for the mythological Greek King Midas who is said to have been able to turn everything he touched into gold
The left has the opposite ability: to turn virtually everything it
touches into rubble. Sometimes it happens quickly; sometimes it takes
generations. But it is inevitable.
Almost the only time this is not true is when the left takes a
position that is shared by non-leftists. But whatever the left
transforms in its direction is damaged, and often destroyed.
Name the institution or the value transformed by the left and that institution or value is ruined.
Here is a partial list:
Since the left came to dominate universities, schools of education
and, increasingly, high schools, each has becomes inferior to what it
was prior to left-wing influence.
Universities have become to the left what seminaries are to religions
— a place to indoctrinate students. Truth is derided as a false
construct and is no longer the goal of most university professors
(outside of math and the natural sciences). Schools of education teach
left-wing doctrines and brand-new notions of teaching that are almost
always inferior to what existed earlier.
—Art and Music
The left-wing influence on art and music has been almost entirely
destructive. Notions of greatness in art have been deconstructed, if not
ridiculed. There is no pursuit of excellence or of spiritual or moral
elevation, and no aim to inspire. Indeed, the opposite is more often the
rule. The ugly, the deliberately offensive, the moronic and the
scatological are celebrated: The 24-foot sculpture of a dog lifting its
leg and peeing in front of the Orange County Museum of Art; Piss Christ,
the crucifix in the artist's urine shown at galleries around America;
and exhibits composed of menstrual blood are but a few examples.
While all rational people want to protect the environment,
environmentalism has become a destructive leftist religion. Millions of
Africans have died of malaria because of the environmentalist-induced
bans on DDT. Environmentalist opposition to modifying rice to include
Vitamin A led to the deaths of about 8 million Third World children. In
2012 alone, wind turbines have created killing fields for birds and
bats. The American prairies are being destroyed by the
environmentalists' push for ethanol.
The cultural left has created and celebrated an unbelievable
coarsening of the culture, especially injurious to the young. Examples
of Hollywood's degradation of culture in film and on television are too
numerous to mention. We will suffice with mentioning only MTV, one of
the most damaging cultural forces in the lives of American young people;
and the sex-drenched universities from an f-saw exhibition to the
ubiquitous "sex week."
For decades, the left has
sought to weaken the American military, the most potent force for peace
and liberty on planet earth — by, among other things, obtaining huge
cuts in military spending (not only through sequestration) and social
engineering experiments such as placing women in combat units.
Thanks to the left's total dominance of California political life,
the left, in the words of the most respected observer of California
life, Chapman University's Joel Kotkin, "has turned the California Dream
into a nightmare."
Left-wing policies have done incalculable to damage to black America.
Left-wing mayors of nearly every major American city have supervised
the economic ruin of many of those cities. Decades of rhetoric
reinforcing black victimhood have served only to stymie black progress
and increase anger. And left-wing welfare policies have been the primary
contributor to the 70 percent rate for children born out-of-wedlock and
the concomitant decline of black fatherhood.
The left-engineered welfare state with its monumental national debts
is crushing the economies of virtually every European country that has
adopted them, and it will do the same to the American economy. Even the
proudest achievements of the left — Medicare and Medicaid — will soon be
unsustainable, as will Social security if the retirement age is not
raised by at least a few years.
—Men and Women
Thanks to left-wing attitudes
inculcated in women from high school on, more and more women consider
marriage and family second in importance to career success. This will
lead, as it already has, to unhappiness among vast numbers of women who
eventually realize that career isn't nearly as meaningful to them as it
is to most men. Meanwhile, the anti-boy policies in elementary schools
and high schools — books assigned that appeal far more to girls, the end
of games at recess that boys enjoy and need — have directly led to boys
falling more and more behind girls in academic and professional
Meanwhile, left-wing denigration of marriage (except same-sex
marriage) has led to the lowest rates of marriage in Western history,
and the left-wing-induced secularization of society has massively
contributed to historically low birth rates in America and Europe.
—God and Religion
For over half a century, the left has made war on Judeo-Christian
religions in the popular culture and through legislation, beginning with
the Supreme Court's 1962 decision banning this voluntary and
non-denominational prayer in New York State schools: "Almighty G0D, we
acknowledge our dependence upon Thee, and we beg Thy blessings upon us,
our parents, our teachers and our country." The consequences of this
enforced secularization of American life in terms of human happiness and
ethical behavior are — and will increasingly be — disastrous.