It doesn’t appear that the background belief that the “world” will be beautiful and peaceful if we just all learn to get along with everyone, is valid. Even in the microcosm, arguing about “partisanship” and worrying ourselves about the lack of “bi-partisanship” fails to illuminate the real basis for disagreement: right principles.
Many of us have principles that we are, if not governed by, at least motivated by. We used to call them our “conscience.” We sort-of always know when what we are doing is “right” or “wrong.” Let’s hope. Still, modern science and technology, and modern anti-religion trends, have brought us to a time of phenomenal toys and enjoyments simultaneous with a culture of drug use and abuse, and hyper-sexuality. In the face of these multiple assaults on our “principles,” we have clung only to a couple of erstwhile “truths”:
- The worst sin is “intolerance;” and,
- Passing judgements is bad.
The automatic corollary, it appears, is that every culture is equally valid and we should not act as though our own were any better. Nor, it seems, should we make too much of our exceptional comforts, cleanliness and safety, because it’s not “fair” that we have them and so many others don’t. This leads to so-called “immigrant advocates” who are not advocating for “immigrants,” but for illegal entrants, and to college campuses hosting wild demonstrations fundamentally against the sovereignty and even the Constitution, of the United States.
Is there someone to blame for this? How did so many citizens of this relatively free, universally educated country, replete with community colleges, colleges, universities, on-line courses and free public libraries in nearly every town and city, come to hate it? How did a nation so successful and liberal with its anti-poverty and unemployment programs, peppered with Christian churches of many denominations, arrive at a public governance that is virtually at the point of persecuting Christians FOR THEIR BELIEFS?
How did a nation founded on the very highest principles, led by George Washington, James Madison and Thomas Jefferson, come to despise these leaders because of their economics and practices common to the day? How has so much ignorance and lack of discernment come to motivate large fractions of our citizens to discard every founding principal in favor of socialism, communism and hedonism?
Why are we spending Trillions of dollars on education when the product of that investment is antithetical to our culture, heritage and survival? How did this, all, happen?
What does it matter, except that we understand how, so as to not continue practices that brought us to this point? This premise will generate a lot of discussion, some quite heated, but few actual solutions. Everyone not consumed by the new liberalism and anti-Americanism, will decry education, lack of religious instruction, rewarding mediocrity and even failure, excessive welfare, stupid politicians, high taxes and sugary beverages. Oh, and drugs… definitely drugs, both bad and good, including too many analgesic pain killers for minor ailments. All of the above.
But, so what? Is there some piece of legislation that will “turn things around?” Maybe it’s a result of too many immigrants or, at the very least, too many illegal entrants! That must be it. Just stop immigration for a while and get rid of these Hispanic gangs – and drugs! Get rid of the drugs! That’s the ticket. Maybe we should be deporting these criminal aliens faster… and keep them out. And the death penalty; bring back the death penalty and make people truly pay for their most heinous crimes. We’ve got to get judges to stop being soft on criminals.
It’s also not right that so much wealth is concentrated in Wall Street banks and brokerages, and that there is so much collusion between them and federal agencies and politicians. Look at how they move back and forth between Treasury and Goldman-Sachs.
Do we think we simple Americans are going to fix all of these things? By voting? For whom? Is there one person we might elect who will carry all of our valid concerns forward and “fix” things? William Jennings Bryan thought he was one such, and things were a Hell of a lot simpler in 1896 and on, until the first World War.
Donald Trump surely believes he is one such, too, as do a majority of States. The unprecedented opposition to him shows the depth of socialist statism that he wants to confound and undo. Believe him or not, we should all wish (and pray) for his success. The sovereignty of the individual, ostensibly (and once) protected by our majestic Constitution, is OUR freedom and YOUR liberty, the two not synonymous.
If you do not understand the distinction, perhaps we can start fixing “things” by learning what it is.