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If America Falls To Despotism, We Can Blame Liberals For Making It Possible

Liberals love to attack transcendent truths like God, absolute morality, and even truth itself. But their hatred of diversity of thought and dissent leave America wide open for what our founding fathers feared most: despotism and corruption.

The proper attitude of an American is to welcome dissent, to celebrate diversity of thought, and to swim upstream of the great moral leveling of society. The attitude of the modern left is to abolish diversity of thought, and to organize a great downstream flood where all issues devolve into what is seen with the eye, not believed as truth.

The great Malcolm Muggeridge said “never forget that only dead fish swim with the stream.”

American liberty is truly based on our motto of “e pluribus unum,” meaning, “from diversity, unity.” That unity is that we are Americans, neither one governed nation, nor fifty independent states, but a country that recognizes differences while building on transcendent ideas that support truth. When the deeper truths are knocked out, then everything becomes unmoored.

Liberals’ focus on engineering the shallow things that can be seen in perfect equality has drawn them away from the deeper things that must be true in order that our society can prosper. When nobody has “too much” money, and every decision is property submitted to a committee with equal representation from every skin tone and language, and every historical injustice is fuel for another balancing injustice today, we will live in a world where thought itself is abolished in favor of hive behavior.

Muggeridge saw this downfall years ago:

So the final conclusion would surely be that whereas other civilizations have been brought down by attacks of barbarians from without, ours had the unique distinction of training its own destroyers at its own educational institutions, and then providing them with facilities for propagating their destructive ideology far and wide, all at the public expense. Thus did Western Man decide to abolish himself, creating his own boredom out of his own affluence, his own vulnerability out of his own strength, his own impotence out of his own erotomania, himself blowing the trumpet that brought the walls of his own city tumbling down, and having convinced himself that he was too numerous, labored with pill and scalpel and syringe to make himself fewer. Until at last, having educated himself into imbecility, and polluted and drugged himself into stupefaction, he keeled over–a weary, battered old brontosaurus–and became extinct.

Far from a group of same-thinking white men who wanted to create a country of white Europeans, our founding fathers were a body in tension, with very different ideas of what the United States should be and how it should be governed. They settled on the middle ground, not as much out of compromise as out of necessity that America must cultivate a diversity of thought in order to endure. The biggest error our country could make is to expel all dissenters from our midst, but that’s exactly what liberals want.

One example of this diversity is little-known founding father Elbridge Gerry, the namesake of the term “gerrymander.” He hated anything that smacked of a political class, a powerful military, or a weak central government. But he also hated extreme nationalism, and direct democracy, as prone to produce despots and corruption. Gerry helped craft the middle-ground where the House and the Senate balanced federal legislative power.

“If we do not come to some agreement among ourselves,” he maintained, “some foreign sword will probably do the work for us.” Addressing the central government-state relationship, he informed his colleagues, “We were neither the same Nation nor different Nations. . . . We ought not therefore pursue the one or the other of these ideas too closely.” He argued that the committee compromise provided the best solution, a government that would be “partly national, partly federal.”

Our government is supposed to be a balance between liberty and power. But that balance is rested on the fulcrum of common beliefs in a transcendent truth and morality, along with the idea of tolerance of dissent. Tolerance of dissent is such a powerful idea that it was the very first item in the Bill of Rights.

Over the past half-century, liberals have created an administrative state so powerful that it overshadows the power/liberty balance of the rest of government. The fact that these bureaucracies quake in fear over President-elect Donald Trump’s taking the reins over the executive branch is clear evidence of a kind of unity of thought and intolerance of diversity at those agencies.

The sad state of American universities, research institutions, and the press is further evidence of our corruption. And that corruption leads to taking things which are properly sacred, like life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and replacing them with relativist measures like “happiness” and “quality of life.”

When God and an absolute, transcendent morality is expunged from our society, educational institutions, and government, we are left with a dehumanizing concept which reduces men to mere animals, and ideals to mere impulses. When ideals are subjugated to the hive mentality and dissent is no longer tolerated or heard, our society is in great danger of committing atrocities.

Viktor Frankl, a Holocaust survivor who endured the horrors of Auschwitz, astutely commented on the way that modern European thought had helped prepare the way for Nazi atrocities (and his own misery). He stated, “If we present a man with a concept of man which is not true, we may well corrupt him. When we present man as an automaton of reflexes, as a mind-machine, as a bundle of instincts, as a pawn of drives and reactions, as a mere product of instinct, heredity and environment, we feed the nihilism to which modern man is, in any case, prone. I became acquainted,” Frankl continued, “with the last stage of that corruption in my second concentration camp, Auschwitz. The gas chambers of Auschwitz were the ultimate consequence of the theory that man is nothing but the product of heredity and environment–or, as the Nazi liked to say, of ‘Blood and Soil.’ I am absolutely convinced that the gas chambers of Auschwitz, Treblinka, and Maidanek were ultimately prepared not in some Ministry or other in Berlin, but rather at the desks and in the lecture halls of nihilistic scientists and philosophers.

These “blood and soil” nationalists exist here in America. They’ve always existed. But they’ve been held in check by our elevation of ideals, our tolerance of dissent, and our celebration of diversity of thought as the cornerstone of American liberty.

Liberals have done their best to remove those cornerstones. They (rightly should) fear demagogues like Trump and his cultlike followers, and now that Trump will be president, they will retreat behind “dissent” in full defilade. But if the next demagogue is more like President Obama, they’ll go right back to work blasting the right to disagree or to think differently.

America must return to our roots and values from our founding. We fought a war 150 years ago to make those whose skin color made them 3/4s of a person into citizens. Now we’re in danger of making those whose ideals don’t line up with liberal sensibilities into second-class citizens.

Liberals intent on having the world their way should look to history before they are so quick to condemn. Even Trump supporters should be heard and given latitude to express their beliefs, because diversity of thought is a pre-requisite for liberty.

About the author

Steve Berman

The old Steve cared about money, prestige, and power. Then Christ found me. All at once things changed. But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

I spent 30 years in business. Now I write and edit. But mostly I love. I have a wife and 2 kids and a dog and we live in a little house in central Georgia.

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