I had a conversation on Twitter with a young liberal man who was at least willing to engage with me about current political issues. He was clearly against the current administration and argued that “Trump” voters were all uneducated and easily manipulated and deceived by Trump and the media.
I pushed back against these arguments because, while there is statistical evidence that the more educated one becomes the more liberal they become, this does not mean that being more educated equates being right. In fact, in today’s highly indoctrinated liberal academic environment, where little to no freedom of thought exists, the more highly educated one becomes the more indoctrinated and close-minded people seem to become.
Friends, I lived in this academic environment for years. I can’t begin to name the many articles I read about how conservatives and Republicans were uneducated, misinformed, radical and dangerous. I can’t begin to describe how every supposed “academic, unbiased” argument had the undertone of “if you are on the right, you are simply racist, backwards, out of date, and wrong”.
The academics preach freedom of thought and unbiased research, and yet somehow their unbiased research always produces the same conclusion: conservatives are wrong and uneducated while liberals are right and educated. The underlying lesson they are attempting to push is: there should be no free thought because the only thought that is free and right is their own liberal, progressive, feminist and marxist thought.
I always thought it was a bit ironic that I, a conservative Christian, the very epitome of what they’d assume to be an uneducated misinformed “dumb” right-winger, was sitting in the same Ph.D. class as everyone else.
So, when I saw the comments on Twitter about the “dumb MAGA” supporters, I had to respond. Fortunately, I was lucky and the person on the other end actually discussed with me. rather than just throwing insults. He made some good points and he was particularly troubled by Trump and some things that Trump has done that have violated the Constitution or broken the law.
And he’d be right to be concerned. We should be willing to see and call out issues on both sides of the political spectrum. However, in my response to him, I said that I believed Biden would abuse the Constitution and law more.
His response: “Could things get any worse?”
Boy, there are so many things I could say to that. So, instead of trying to fit them all on Twitter, I’m going to answer it here, for y’all to all be privy to.
Yes, things could get much MUCH worse.
Let’s look carefully at what is going on in our country right now. We have riots, looting, and violence in the streets. Groups like Black Lives Matter (a group that started under the Obama Administration during riots in Fergusan) and Antifa are claiming that they are entitled to the property they are destroying because of the systemic racism that still exists and slavery that no longer exists.
On top of this, the coronavirus continues to be a controversial topic, with some states shutting down while others are opening up. Some people are wearing masks while others are not. Somehow we’ve taken a virus and turned it into something so political it’s as if the sickness itself has nothing to do with the political arguments anymore
And who gets the ultimate blame for this?
The media and the Democratic Party, in particular, have consistently laid the blame at President Trump’s feet, claiming that it is “Trump’s America”.
VP candidate Kamala Harris recently said this about Trump’s “failure” to stop the coronavirus.
“He was convinced that if his administration focused on this virus, it would hurt the market and hurt his chances of being reelected…That mattered more to him than saving American lives.”
“Donald Trump has failed at the most basic and important job of a president of the United States: he failed to protect the American people – plain and simple…Trump showed that we in the legal profession would call a reckless disregard for the well-being of the American people.”
She says that Trump has failed at his most basic and important job: to protect the people. Interesting, because I thought the Constitution said that the president’s most basic and important job was to see that the laws be faithfully executed.
Nowhere in the Constitution does it say that it is the president’s job to protect the people from disease or rioting.
In fact, should disease or rioting occur (since the Constitution does not give the federal government much power to deal with these issues), it’s the state and the local governments who are left to handle disease and riots.
So, the people who are blaming Trump for all of the coronavirus deaths and the rioting are essentially demanding that Trump take on the role of a dictator or king. Sure, if he were a king with arbitrary power and no Constitutional confines, he could and would be responsible for stopping all the riots (with as much force and power as he chooses—which means he could also stop peaceful protests) and stopping the coronavirus (hey, in North Korea they shot their first coronavirus patient. That is an effective way of stopping the virus).
So, yes, if Trump were to abandon his Constitutional position as executor of already existing federal law, he could maybe do more; but he doesn’t. Instead, we’re now able to watch each individual state (acting as their own individual scientific laboratories) handle the coronavirus and riots according to how their local and state governments should choose. And hopefully you’ve noticed that some states are doing worse than others, due to their own policies—NOT federal policies. Imagine, just imagine all of what you’re seeing at the state level, now at the federal level, where there very literally is no escape.
So, can things get worse?
Yes. Much worse. Imagine if we had someone in office who decided to completely disregard all aspects of the Constitution and take on the role of king or dictator.
We’d have equality—in poverty.
We’d have “peace”—-in slavery.
We’d have “no disease”—-in despotic control.
(Of course, the caveat being, in a despotic government, inequalities, violence and disease usually run even more rampant).
Because of human nature, equality, peace and health—given by government—come at a steep price. I find it ironic that the very people who hate Trump are also calling on more Trump power to solve all of America’s problems.
No one said liberty is perfect. “Freedom is sloppy. But since tyranny’s the only guaranteed byproduct of those who insist on a perfect world, freedom will have to do.” Bill Willingham, Fables: Werewolves of the Heartland.
The reason things could get worse? Because the people demanding that Trump be a dictator will also be demanding that the next president be a dictator—and something tells me the potential next president would be much more likely to acquiesce.
Because isn’t that the goal anyway? Stir up enough chaos that the only solution is communism/socialism and tyranny?
And friends, this is only the tip of the iceberg.
This presidential election should not be as important as it is. In fact, no presidential election should be important.
Because presidents fill a very small role in the sea of various governmental roles throughout American governments. The U.S. president is merely the executor of federal law… and federal law is (or should be) very limited.
Why then are Americans so set on demanding a tyrant?
I’ll leave you with this quote by Samuel Adams. It’s one that applies to all who demand for a tyrant.
“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.”
The Liberty Belle