“All of civility depends on being able to contain the rage of individuals.” Joshua Lederburg
That America is in the midst of turmoil seems an obvious understatement. Anger, resentment and vitriol is escalating exponentially, rumor, conspiracy and scandal appear to lurk around every corner.
As summer recedes into a gloriously beautiful fall, a look back at the last six months shows a time of hostility not seen in our country for some time. That the conservative populist community on the right is angry is undeniable. This anger isn’t new, it has grown from a simmer to a full boil over the last decade or so.
This is anger grown from frustration, frustration of the common U.S. citizen over excessive government regulation, and over the growing stench from the swamp in our nation’s capital. It is anger that comes when hope for the future dims, and when aspirations for one’s children seem too much of a mountain to climb.
Where many writers have erred is in conflating this anger with the happenings on the liberal social justice progressive left. Since the election of President Trump, liberals have morphed from resentment, resistance and anger into rage. Boundless, unlimited full-blown rage.
A rage which has manifested itself into physical violence against those who disagree, judicial violence against the constitution, and immoral violence against centuries of our closely held and cherished Judeo-Christian ethic. It is this rage which is so bewildering at times.
It’s high time to ask ponder the origins of this rage. It is a gross oversimplification to cast this as an anti-Trump thing. The White House changes hands every eight years, and we’re all accustomed to that change, in fact we expect it.
I believe this rage emanated from the hope based on the previous presidency. Former President Obama attempted to fundamentally change America as we know it. He made no secret of it, he bowed to foreign leaders, he fomented racial and class divides, his administration flouted the rule of law and the constitution in a myriad of ways, not the least of which was open borders, and socialized medicine.
The liberal mindset coming into the 2016 election cycle was one of a predetermined path for our country. Hillary would win, and would continue the America leftward movement, would continue to build upon the liberal’s hostility to conservatives, and use a heavy hand to protect any and all liberal gains.
Liberals believe they are better then conservatives and the common citizen. They believe we are a bible-thumping, football loving, tobacco chewing basket of deplorables who lack the intellect to understand what is best for us. They burn with white-hot anger over losing power, and the privileges that go with it. Their belief in central government is all-encompassing, and they believe we ought to trust their hand at the helm of the federal ship. Which means the following:
Their rage is understandable once you realize their God is the federal government. They bow down to the alter of an all-knowing, all-seeing federal seat of power upon which their Queen Bee was supposed to reign.
It wasn’t and isn’t President Trump the person, it is President Trump the Destructor. It is Justice Gorsuch tilting the court to the right, it is Tillerson reforming the State Department, it is Scott Pruitt completely revamping the EPA, Rick Perry righting the Energy Department ship, Betsy DeVos championing charter schools, and Jeff Sessions’s insistence on the rule of law and a secure southern border.
The liberals see their gains in abortion, and gay and trans rights being thwarted in legislation and in the courtroom, they understand fraud at the ballot box is being challenged, and they no longer have access to the easy money Obama illegally provided via the Treasury Department.
It is as if a crowd has thrown a rope over the statute of their god and has toppled it to the ground. Make no mistake, they hate us for this rebellion against their god. They bubble over with a malevolent rage, and will stop at nothing to stem the conservative populist tide before its too late.
This is why Antifa is allowed to thrive regardless of their thuggish violent activities. This is why the MSM or Democratic Congressional leaders won’t condemn this terrorist group. Don’t be misled, Antifa is actually their military arm. It attacks without reason, accuses all who resist and believes only in their cause.
This is why Hillary was so protected and worshipped, even though she and Bill are so very flawed. It is why Hillary never understood “Its my turn” was such a losing proposition. They can’t fathom the deplorable not comprehending the role of federal government and in turn worshiping at its throne as well.
This is also why Democratic leaders continue to appease the fringe left even though poll after poll shows that to be a losing solution. No longer are they content to hide their true colors, no longer are they interested in compromise, instead they take pride in being “The Resistance”, and as a result have obstructed in every way imaginable.
King David in Psalm 2: 1 ask this simple question:
“Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?”
You see, the people’s rage, and the devising of futile and empty schemes isn’t new. When through several generations, a people trade respect for God’s law and His church, and a genuine sense of shame, for a false god and overt lawlessness; this rage is inevitable.
1 Kings 18 details the wonderful story of Elijah challenging the false prophets of King Ahab, pitting them against the one true God. Just as the false prophets were worked into a rage as the impotence of their false god Baal was exposed, so liberals today burn with the same rage at all who would deny the omnipotence of their federal god.
This rage exist where there is no grace and ultimately no hope. It is a rage built upon the importance of self, and is woefully lacking in love for others. It is the prideful hubris of social justice rather than the works of kind and faithful stewardship. It is joyless, empty and dark, built upon shifting sands presenting a perilous future.
Yes it’s true, we are in an age of rage. But we don’t have to succumb to that same destructive rage. We can be angry and yet have hope and love. We can demand change and yet have patience. Also, and most importantly, we can preach truth to power and still have love.
It would be far better to have civility in our political discourse, sadly though for now, the people rage. However, as the Psalmist King David answered in verse 4:
He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.