With the 2018 midterms approaching—and already underway in some states–it is time to examine what this election is really about. Most elections center around policy issues: healthcare, the economy or immigration.
This election does not.
This election has nothing to do with policy and everything to do with principle. The tumultuous confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court revealed a stalwart partisanship of the Democrats, who-–all except one—stood as a blockade against a good man. They relinquished basic legal principles such as “innocent until proven guilty” and “beyond a reasonable doubt” to produce a smear campaign against a man whom they perceived would threaten their power wielded through the Supreme Court. What Leftists cannot accomplish through representative government, they force through activist judges who manipulate the Constitution for political gain.
Judge Kavanaugh makes decisions according to the Constitution, not political persuasions. This is how it should be. This is equitable and fair. Yet, a Justice committed to the Constitution and not the whims of Leftist orthodoxy compromises their hold of power.
Their response? Intimidation, protesters, screamers. A resistance campaign much of which was bought and paid for by Leftist groups and donors. Rather than representing “We the People,” paying agitators creates an oligarchy—a rule by the wealthy elitists.
Moreover, the likes of Maxine Waters have encouraged violence, protests, and intimidation by calling for #resist people to harass anyone associated with the Trump administration. She stated,
“Let’s make sure we show up wherever we have to show up. And if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. And you push back on them. And you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.”
This hatred of those who simply disagree with you is the definition of bigotry, hatred and intolerance. No other sector would tolerate this type of intimidation and bullying. To put this into context, what if the two teams who competed for the Super Bowl title earlier this year had used the same intimidation tactics? What if Philadelphia Eagles fans were told to harass, protest and make a scene if they saw a New England Patriots fan? What if the players for the Eagles harassed the kids of Patriot team members? Or shouted at them on the street? Or ran their families out of restaurants?
This would be unacceptable and an outrage. Yet, it is “justified” and “acceptable” in the political context. Is this right?
Additionally, Hillary Clinton claims that Democrats cannot be civil until they have power. But if civility depends upon power, wouldn’t Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Hitler, Tito and Mussolini have stopped their violent pursuit of control once they achieved it?
The reality is this: when people claim to stop the violence after they “get there,” there is no end. Why? Because freedom of speech, freedom of expression and freedom of conscience always seem to get in the way. As long as there is freedom, there will be people who have divergent thoughts. Leftist orthodoxy cannot handle divergent thoughts because it compromises their desire for ideological conformity. This is why college campuses have limited free speech to particular “zones.” The totalitarian blueprint of the modern university which censors free thought is the future of America if we don’t speak up and if we don’t stand against those who seek to intimidate us.
It will always be easier to “do as you are told,” and to live in such a way that the mob doesn’t harass your home, your work, or your children’s school. But this is the goal of all who use intimidation tactics. Their tactics are meant to silence opposition.
Watching the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, it became clear that the November vote has less to do with the economy and healthcare, and more to do with the answer to one basic question: what kind of society do we want to be?
Do we want a society that interrupts, obstructs and intimidates our judicial process, or do we want a society that respects our laws, that listens and that debates?
These are two visions of America: Rule of law, or rule by lawlessness. Rule by representative government or by protesters. Rule by “We the People” or rule by the mob.
May we have the wisdom to choose correctly.
Coming to a neighborhood near you, if we don’t do something about it:
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Also published on Patriot Post, October 18, 2018.
On Thursday, in Judge Kavanaugh’s testimony, the American people saw a man fighting for his reputation, his integrity and his family. His moving words felt less like a testimony and more like the last cries of an innocent animal before it is slaughtered.
This is what the confirmation process has become for the Democrats: a slaughtering of innocent people who obstruct the political goals of their party. Through intimidation, psychological warfare, character assassination, and public shaming, they behead their opponents and hang their remains on pikes at the city walls—as a barbaric example to all who seek public office.
For the Democrats, politics does not create better lives for the American people, but instead serves as a power-war justified in employing any tactic, at any time, anywhere. In their wake, the Democrats leave the bodies of defamed leaders, politicians and their traumatized families. This they cloak as “civic duty.”
In the Kavanaugh confirmation process, the Democrats have completed perhaps their most shameful and disgraceful public operation. Yet they claim they do so for “women” and representing the #MeToo movement. In reality, they exploit women for political purposes, wrenching every last ounce of non-existent evidence from their victims. Their anti-male, sexist rhetoric alienates half of the country, who had no choice in being born male. They claim that “all women” deserve to be heard. They do. But men are human beings too. Men also deserve the presumption of innocence. Men also deserve to be treated with respect and decency. Men also deserve a fair trial.
In their pursuit to “support women,” Democrats attempt to destroy the fathers, husbands, brothers and sons of so many women across this country. For political purposes, they elevate woman as a super class, a protected class, a class of legal immunity. However, they only allow “useful” women to qualify for such status. The women assaulted or harassed by former president, Bill Clinton (Juanita Broaddrick, Paula Jones, Kathleen Willey and Leslie Millwee) have been ignored and cast aside because they served no political purpose. This clearly debunks the Democratic claim that in “listening to women,” they are righting the wrongs of misogyny for all of history.
Our country’s leadership does listen to women. The Senate treated Dr. Ford with respect and honor. However, making an innocent man the scapegoat for 6,000 years of recorded history is wrong. Oppression and violence certainly have happened in human history. It was wrong then. It is wrong now. But replacing oppression of the past with discrimination against men in the present does not ameliorate the problem.
Senators Feinstein, Leahy and Durbin are wrong. American women don’t want to reconcile historical misogyny by destroying the life of an innocent man. American women want to see a Senate that has enough decency to support an innocent man and in so doing, restore due process, the presumption of innocence, and the rule of law in this country.
And lest you think that discrediting, intimidating and smearing is something new, view Justice Clarence Thomas’ response to the false Anita Hill allegations which took place during his Senate confirmation in 1991.
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Also published on Patriot Post, September 29, 2018