"Again, it all comes back to power. The Progressives borrowed this neat trick from Napoleon and Marx (which sounds like a fine haberdashery). They unilaterally declared all competing ideologies to be closed-mindedly “ideological” while claiming for themselves an open-minded pragmatism. So liberalism doesn’t have to defend itself as an ideology while it can accuse all of its competing ideologies of being cult-like and other-worldly. We hear this in Obama all of the time. His opponents are “ideologues” who put their “ideology” ahead of the American people, while he is merely a “problem-solver” who only wants to do “what works.” I’m sure he believes it.The underlying premise here is that if the Left "unilaterally declares" a principle to be true, then it is no longer questionable by themselves or anyone else: it has become a Leftist First Principle, and denial is seen as both irrational and evil. This is premised further on the Messiahship of the Left - the immutable self-perfection attained through self-elevation above all other existing and potential intellects and moral authorities. They are supreme in all ways; they are engaged in forcing you to acknowledge that. Because you are irrational and evil it is the Leftist's holy task to correct your mind, or silence your mouth.
Which points to one of the big problems with liberalism; its staggering lack of self-awareness. Liberals simply take it as a given that they are open-minded, morally superior free thinkers. At least conservatives acknowledge our dogma. Liberals have become so dogmatic they can’t even see theirs."