How often have you attended a wedding where two stood in the front of a church building with a minister or priest and pledged to God, each other and all assembled that they would love, honor and cherish each other as long as they both shall live? How often have you learned a few years later they have separated and divorced? Wait, was that vow real or just words? Who died?
To me, these United States find themselves in a similar situation. I imagine the Sons of Liberty and early patriots as young suitors who fought for a woman they loved and in the end, they won her from another jealous lover and became married. For better, for worse, till death do us part.
But America is like a beautiful woman who many see and want for their own. It doesn't matter that she is already spoken for and belongs to the people and their states. We have been busy going to work to provide for our bride, and while we have kept our noses to the grindstone, another has stolen her from us.
I’ve written recently about the dangers of propaganda and how if we are not properly educated and in tune with what is going on around us, we are destined to lose something very precious. There are two methods being used now to undermine our republic, “political correctness” and “absolute moral authority”.
Essentially we have two choices in being governed; self-governance or being ruled. While this is certainly an oversimplification, ultimately the battle then is for who governs. We either are personally responsible and self-restrained or we are controlled. My personal feeling is that laws are not in place to control us, but to give authority and a method to punish those who do not play well with others. For instance, I won’t murder someone, not because it’s illegal but because I respect the life of other people and exercise self-control if I become angry.
Fascists come to power by force, while frequently communists use more subtle means. We’ve heard Bernie Sanders speak of “Democratic Socialism”, which uses the idea of democracy to get what is best for the people- or at least what they are told is best for them. Enter the likes of Saul Alinsky and community organizing.
Alinsky was a communist and a criminal, it’s just that simple.
Saul himself told of his original scam in an interview with Playboy magazine shortly before his death in 1972. When he was at the University of Chicago, he would go to a cafeteria and order coffee which cost 5 cents. The campus cafeteria waitress would give you a ticket and you would pay before you left. He would pocket that ticket and go to another cafeteria and order a full meal, but then produce the ticket with only coffee and pay that one and get off with a free meal. It wasn’t enough he did it; he then shared the scam with as many students as he could. His justification?
“The right to eat takes precedence over the right to make a profit.”
Most, of course, know of his book Rules For Radicals he wrote with the radical left of the 1960s in mind, but the tenets of that book are in full use today. Make no mistake, the idea of political correctness and absolute moral authority are part of this effort and are absolutely incompatible with a constitutional republic. His thirteen rules are summarized below.
- 1. “Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have.” Power is derived from 2 main sources – money and people. “Have-Nots” must build power from flesh and blood.
- 2. “Never go outside the expertise of your people.” It results in confusion, fear, and retreat. Feeling secure adds to the backbone of anyone.
- 3. “Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy.” Look for ways to increase insecurity, anxiety, and uncertainty.
- 4. “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.” If the rule is that every letter gets a reply, send 30,000 letters. You can kill them with this because no one can possibly obey all of their own rules.
- 5. “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.” There is no defense. It’s irrational. It’s infuriating. It also works as a key pressure point to force the enemy into concessions.
- 6. “A good tactic is one your people enjoy.” They’ll keep doing it without urging and come back to do more. They’re doing their thing, and will even suggest better ones.
- 7. “A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.” Don’t become old news.
- 8. “Keep the pressure on. Never let up.” Keep trying new things to keep the opposition off balance. As the opposition masters one approach, hit them from the flank with something new.
- 9. “The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.” Imagination and ego can dream up many more consequences than any activist.
- 10. "The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition." It is this unceasing pressure that results in the reactions from the opposition that are essential for the success of the campaign.
- 11. “If you push a negative hard enough, it will push through and become a positive.” Violence from the other side can win the public to your side because the public sympathizes with the underdog.
- 12. “The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.” Never let the enemy score points because you’re caught without a solution to the problem.
- 13. “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions.
Political correctness and absolute moral authority combine several of these rules to destroy capitalism, the constitution, the rule of law and reality itself. WHO decides what is politically correct? WHO decides the ownership of absolute moral authority?
We as a society have been living with political correctness for nearly 50 years. It began as most things with an honorable motive, to stop offensive speech. Had it been done by government it would have been a clear violation of the First Amendment. However, since it was done by groups and media we readily accepted it. Then one day we wake up to the fact we have to examine every word we write or say lest we find ourselves under fire of accusations of racism, bigotry, misogyny, homophobia and more. No longer do we have freedom of speech with the limits of hollering “fire” in a crowded theater. If you look at the above rules, this encompasses nearly every one of them.
What exactly is absolute moral authority? Essentially it is a special class of victims that has been entitled to use the Absolute Moral Authority “debit card”. As are most progressive ideas, there is no limit as to the length these ideas can be used since it is all based on feelings. Illegal immigrants, LGBTQ+ (89 classes and growing), victims of conservative policy and an ever-expanding list such as chosen ones of the recent school shooting. It seems the media gets to choose who is the special class, which makes sense because under the constitution we are all equally protected.
One of the first given this distinction was Cindy Sheehan who lost a son in the war on terror under GW Bush. You may remember how she camped out for weeks and the New York Times declared that "the moral authority of parents who bury children killed in Iraq is absolute." Never mind there were many other parents who lost children yet their words were not important because they did not follow the prescribed narrative.
The latest seems to be David Hogg from the recent Parkland school shooting.
He seems to be on every show day and night spouting the anti-gun narrative. Yes, he was a student in the school and I’m sure suffered from the experience. However, so was Kyle Kashuv. Kyle does not blame the NRA or guns. He blames the shooter himself, along with the school administration and sheriff’s department for not following up on all the warning signs. Why doesn’t Kyle have Absolute Moral Authority? Because he does not play the victim.
Political correctness and absolute moral authority can only be claimed by those who choose to be victims. I listened to an immigrant from Venezuela on the radio yesterday. He was outraged because he came to the US legally, spent ten years and about $50,000 to legally become a citizen of this country. Now he witnesses those who are “victims” being given special status and possible citizenship as a reward for their illegal activity.
I have searched in vain for the part in the Constitution that offers special consideration based on feelings. Political correctness and absolute moral authority only work because we allow it because we back down when threatened.
While we have lost our first love, she is still alive albeit under the control of a powerful foe. I believe we are in a Constitutional crisis and I intend to write on that in the near future. We have effectively lost our constitutional republic, but not necessarily for good or forever. The time to redeem her is short.