"The 'enlightened' who claim a firm grip on the steering wheel of Western civilization"
That sure conjures up a scary image. If true, then the inmates are truly running the asylum.
Everything you need to know about modern progressivism you learned in junior high. Liberalism is an inherently adolescent belief system. It is not surprising in a land as privileged as ours, that a growing chunk of our people would fail to move out of adolescence. Those people gravitate to the liberal side.
This is why trying to understand the liberal mind is so like trying to understand the mind of your teenage children.
Liberalism is equal parts popularity contest, ignorance, narcissism, entitlement, and whim of the day.