WASHINGTON, August 9, 2017 — In April 1805, Viennese concert-goers heard a new work by Ludwig von Beethoven. His Symphony No. 3, dubbed “Eroica,” was dedicated to a man he believed embodied republican principles.
On his symphony’s title page, the composer wrote a short dedication:
“Written on the subject of Bonaparte.”
Shortly after hearing Napoleon Bonaparte had crowned himself Europe’s Emperor, Beethoven wrote,
“He, too, then, is nothing better than an ordinary man! Now he will trample on all human rights only to humor his ambition; he will place himself above all others—become a tyrant!”
People in the arts have always been suckers for tyrants, confusing their authoritarian notions as synonymous with freedom, brotherhood and equality.
Syndicated conservative radio talk show host Dennis Prager is learning this first hand.
As a lover of classical music, Prager has served as guest conductor with various symphony orchestras around Los Angeles.
On August 16, the Santa Monica Symphony is scheduled to perform the overture to Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 and Haydn’s Symphony No. 51.
Prager will conduct the Haydn.
Like many of the nation’s orchestras, the Santa Monica Symphony needs financial life support. And so, on occasion, they hold fundraising concerts, selling premium tickets that allow the holder entry to post-concert meet-and-greet cocktail parties with the conductor and orchestra’s players.
And Prager draws a crowd by virtue of his wide radio audience.
But some of these players were outraged to learn that Prager would wield the baton, setting the orchestra’s tempo and shaping the sound of their performance.
In an open letter titled “Do not attend Prager concert,” symphony members Michael Chwe, Andrew Apter, Giancarlo Ranaudo and Jeff Schwartz wrote:
“We believe that Dennis Prager’s publicly stated positions are fundamentally at odds with our community’s values and that the proposed concert would deeply damage our orchestra’s relationship with our community.”
They condemn Prager, a practicing Jew, for favoring traditional, heterosexual couples as the ideal adoptive parents. They disparage his critique of multiculturalism as the antithesis of “American identity and traditional values. The result is the beginning of the end of the United States as we have known it since its inception.”
They added, he “promotes deeply bigoted views using disturbing, apocalyptic language.”
This is appropriate since the Greek word “apocalypse” means the uncovering or disclosure of knowledge.
“Leftism is a terminal cancer in the American bloodstream and soul,” said Prager, “So our first principle is to destroy this cancer before it destroys us. We therefore see voting for Donald Trump as political chemotherapy needed to prevent our demise.”
“These are horrible and dehumanizing things to say to a person who disagrees with you politically,” say the musicians.
Snowflake-ism has moved beyond the fairy-tale world of the university campus to the rarified venue of symphony hall.
The musicians find differing opinions “dehumanizing” because they cannot defend their reordering of reality. This is why the transgender issue is a touchstone to the snowflakes of the left.
If people can change their born sexual identity by a mere verbal declaration, then reality as we know it has no meaning.
Aristotle’s’ law of identity states that everything in our world is distinct and capable of being perceived and understood by the human mind. He added that by masking reality with dishonest words, “reasoning would be impossible; for not to have one meaning is to have no meaning, and if words have no meaning our reasoning with one another, and indeed with ourselves, has been annihilated.”
With that in mind, the right mistakenly believes it is engaged in a political battle with what calls itself the left. In reality, it is engaged in a cultural and moral war with the high priests of a new religion that uses political correctness to enforce their ever-changing dogmas in support of their ever-changing demigods, whether they be Hillary Clinton, transgender spy Chelsea Manning, Fidel Castro or Napoleon Bonaparte.
As punishment for offending their delicate and fragile beliefs, Prager must be ostracized and muzzled.
In an article written for the Jewish Journal in 2010, Prager explained why he terrifies and angers the left:
“I prefer clarity to agreement. Instead of trying to out-argue their ideological adversaries, I suggest to my listeners that they should strive for clarity about where they and their opponents differ. This not only prevents shouting, insulting and defensiveness, it helps each side see where they really differ and where, perhaps, they do not.”
And Prager’s clarity has the same effect as warm sunlight on a snowflake.