From The Wall Street Journal, an inspection of the “post-ideological” era:
If President Barack Obama sought to usher America into a postracial era, it is increasingly apparent that President-elect Donald Trump is opening the door to the postideological era.
In fact, itâ€™s nearly impossible to identify a clear ideological bent in the incoming presidentâ€™s early moves. Itâ€™s probably a mistake to try, because the definitions of left and right, liberal and conservative, are being scrambled right before our eyes.
Some Trump moves so far track with his populist outsider campaign image. Others are moves a conventional conservative could make. Some on his team would have been comfortable picks by any standard-issue Republican; some could as easily have been made by a Democratic president-elect.
Reading between the lies is an acquired skill.
First, it helps to notice that these three paragraphs say essentially the same thing in different ways: Trump did not act as Leftists expect him to because, instead of appointing people who support his exact vision of the whole, he is choosing people on a realistic basis, selecting those who can serve well in each office.
Then, it makes sense to look for the hidden agenda. These are the first three paragraphs of the article and generally speaking, any major themes will appear there. Here is the sleight of hand: the definitions of left and right, liberal and conservative, are being scrambled
This is the usual Leftist trope. “Bad = Good” is how you get equality. “Left = Right” is what they are hoping for, because that way, they can keep being Leftist and call it Rightist, just like they did with all those neoconservative RINO cucks in the past.
Finally, we should look at the actual content of the verbiage above: “post-ideological” and the final sentence: Some on his team would have been comfortable picks by any standard-issue Republican; some could as easily have been made by a Democratic president-elect.
That final sentence summarizes the actual content of the article, and “post-ideological” is the conclusion he uses to explain it away, hoping that you will not realize that “post-ideological” equals rejection of ideology equals Realism of a sort, which means conservatism. As you may recall, conservatism is consequentialism plus transcendental goals.
In other words, we have not shifted toward in ideological Right, but by rejecting ideology, have moved away from the Left, and all that is “left” is the Right.
The media, being what they are, will not want to admit this. If you are a journalist with no power except your voice, you want some way to seem more important than reality as it is, and the best way to do this is to have a moral voice. This makes you socially important, and at that point, you are in the domain of the Left even when badged as Right.
When our media is read between the lies, much is revealed, but mostly how much adornment is given to the plain and obvious to make it seem fascinating for the aimless among us.