A desperate, anti-American totalitarianism has all but made bankrupt our political, judicial, and educational institutions. Hitler, Marx, Stalin were political fanatics of this kind. Jefferson, Washington, and Lincoln were leaders.
The first group put political ideology above truth and the human life. The second group willingly offered their lives to stand for what was right. The first group secretly amassed fortunes using their movements as fronts. The second group pledged their fortunes for what they believed in.
In America the new totalitarians hate their neighbor because of his or her personal thoughts.
Americans persuade; the new fanatics persecute.
And, no, both political parties are not equally guilty of this fanatic commitment to control the thoughts of their neighbors. To make light of what is really a very dark state of affairs, the new American totalitarians have become so self-righteous that even God isn’t good enough for their party platform.
Totalitarianism is: “a political system in which the state holds total control over the society and seeks to control all aspects of public and private life wherever possible (Conquest 74).” While every definition of totalitarianism is secular, recognizing the relationship between ‘political fanaticism’ and ‘religious fanaticism’ shows why the idea of America has, for so long, immunized the United States from the ravages of twentieth century megalomaniacs. Comparing the “passions” of the godless to the religious fanaticism America was designed to guard against shows how and why the principles of America still work.
Almost every in-depth discussion of totalitarianism ultimately touches on thought control. A totalitarian state, for some reason, wants more than a citizen’s tax dollars. It wants the citizen’s very soul. In the twentieth century the wars against totalitarianism have often been fought by those of personal religious conviction. Interestingly, the main opponents of medieval, church-influenced, ‘thought-control’ monarchies were also those of profound personal faith. In antiquity, totalitarian empires made no bones about the desire for citizens to bow before the emperor or Pharaoh as before a living god.
The American idea, in guarding against the historic evils, has been a saving balm against the lethal expression of both religious and political totalitarian regimes. Our founding documents, designed to frustrate tyrants, really infuriate totalitarians. William Penn is an example of American prescience. For real Americans, the ends never justify the means. Marxist politics would have had no chance in Pennsylvania while Penn taught. Not teaching the truths of real life in the schools and in the public square, as Penn once did, allows leftist cults to fester.
The well-weighed but often abused checks and balances in our legal system are only an expression of the American idea, and it’s the idea that has protected us for so long. The founding precept of the American idea is a deep and abiding respect for truth, honesty, and for one’s neighbor’s political, social, and religious convictions. If we lose the heart of the American idea, our Constitution is no stronger than paper.
Americans now must decide what to do about neighbors who have rejected the American idea of respect, discourse, persuasion and constitutional processes to determine law. For many of their neighbors now reject the rule of law, the law of conscience and respect for the right of others to have a different idea. Many Americans are faced with neighbors for whom the idolatry of their political cause is enough to justify, hypocritically, democratically enacted laws and ordinances. An unapologetic, raw hatred motivates far too many to justify their unethical and illegal actions because of the “rightness” of their noble “goals.”
The definitions of totalitarianism are secular because all of the totalitarian regimes that have arisen in the twentieth century, with one exception, have been godless. If we would insist on the American idea of religious tolerance in all of our foreign policies and demand that tolerance at home, we could identify the totalitarian, cult-like elements of Radical Islam, engage them, and defeat them.
In the United States, hating the people who hold differing ideas began as a Leftist revolutionary tactic, but it has metastasized through a guilt-ridden, godless, and desperate culture into a fierce fury against any with ‘incorrect’ thoughts. This hatred is seething in every arena of American life and culture.
Marxists believed that their ideology was so noble that the ends justified the means, no matter how violent or how deceitful those tactics were. This proud Leftist lie then became a means of corruption so that no Marxist movement was ever “pure Communism.” How could one be?
From this Leftist root has sprung many branches. Radical environmentalists place the life of “Mother Earth” above human life, and all who disagree are enemies. If coal workers become impoverished over CO2 emissions or if California farmers are ruined over a minnow, it’s all in a day’s work. These honest, hard-working Americans are acceptable sacrifices at the Left’s altar of earth worship. A compassionless, un-American hatred of all not fully committed to the cult dominates the ‘green’ movements.
The Left’s cult-like hatred of their neighbor simply for his thoughts has poisoned even our educational systems. This is apparent from anecdotal evidence of bias against conservative students and professors at virtually every public campus. That the root is poisoned is also tragically evident from the fruit. Many incoherent articulations have become dogma in the ivory towers of learning. Such include: “the Darwin theory has now become fact!” or “Climate change is now settled science.” These bandwagon catch phrases for the uninformed are travesties of genuine academic knowledge. These aren’t the words of honest scientists. They’re designed to shut down conversation. Those who espouse such rhetoric demonstrate no respect for the ideas of others.
Even worse, such rhetoric often appears to be the power-plays of guilt-ridden swindlers shilling for a Leftist educational power base of soulless men. A theory never evolves into a fact. Such is an absurdity on its face that convinces only when coupled with a bullying emotional appeal. And any science that is “settled” is simply not science at all. Science is the mathematics and art of questioning everything all the time. Scientists delight in the questions and ideas of others. Only religious dogmas must be accepted as “settled.” And there it is: the plain connection between Leftist hatred of others over their ideas and a religious, dogmatic fanaticism about their own views.
Western academic freedom has been brought to a horrid low. Many of our academics are simply a disgrace to humanity.
Is there time to speak of the institutionalized lack of respect for the ideas of others that has resulted in a judicial arrogance, a fanatical corruption of justice, that claims it is right to fine a couple $150,000 dollars for not making a cupcake? Or of booing God in a national assembly? Or of bullying a presidential candidate for saying “all lives matter”? Is there time to review the history of an anti-war movement founded in a profound Christian ethic to one now based on cowardice and acrimony? No, there’s no time. We’re out of time America.
America was never built for the hateful, and no land can have liberty that is without a reverence and love for truth and for one another. Good will toward all, not the pureness of one’s ideology, is character.
The judgmental are often hypocritical. Their accusations against others are a defense mechanism meant to distract from their own personal failings. Under an exterior of whitewash are dead men’s bones.
Of course this is a sword that could cut both ways. Those who believe in free enterprise could have a lawless hatred of anyone professing anything resembling communism. Sadly, and it’s approaching tragically, many of those who hold traditional American views of dialogue have assumed that they were discoursing with others with the same foundation. The Right has not awakened to the fratricidal hatred raging on the Left, at least not fully, at least not yet. When the Right fully awakens, no one can tell whether the response will be lawful or lawless, but the odds are, if they are still American, it will be a Godly response.