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How Demonizing the Enemy Kills Liberty

I’m going to take a break from posts about the police and drug policy today, to briefly discuss the dangers of demonizing the “enemy” and how doing so weakens the Constitution.

Throughout American history, it’s been interesting to watch how the government manipulates the public towards hate during times of war. It’s a bit more natural and organic to have visceral feelings of hate against a country attacking or invading America (though this form of attack is rare in American history). However, even those feelings of hate must be stoked, prodded and framed by the government and the media. It helps the government, when going to war, to have a citizenry that’s fully bought into the war itself. The best way to convince the citizenry to back the war itself is to make the country America is at war with our mortal enemy.

Think about it. The American government would struggle mobilizing the American citizenry to go to war with England today, without some reasonable cause. England would have to attack us or the government would have to find some ideological justification for war and then continue to massage this cause into our minds.

Ideological wars are much more difficult to justify because the enemy is not so much a person or country, but an idea. It’s harder, then, to move a citizenry’s emotions towards hate and anger when the country being fought against poses no direct threat.

Vietnam and Korea are prime examples of this type of ideological warfare. Yet, governments love war. They want the war, so they must keep the citizenry invested by continually demonizing the enemy. War is the perfect jolt for a failing economy and the prime excuse for expanding government power. Truly ask yourself this question. Without all the wars America has been a part of over the centuries, where would our federal government be today?

Here’s the kicker. If the government is able to successfully turn the American citizenry against the opponent in the war, then the government is also able to turn the American citizenry against American citizens who share the same ethnicity as those who in the country America is at war with.

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For instance, during WWII, hate and animosity against the Japanese was off the charts. The government likely had little to do to initially spark those the flames of hate because of the nature of the attacks on Pearl Harbor. But the government most definitely had to continually stoke those embers of all hate to keep the American public interested and invested.

With a little research you’ll discover that propagandizing and demonizing that the government and media did of the Japanese during this WWII is truly horrifying. I would put some of the graphics on here, but I think, for the integrity of this blog, I’ll give you the link rather than plaster the images on here. Take a look at this link… this is just one of many examples showing how the government vilified even American Japanese citizens during this time.

That hate mongering led to an American public, so blinded by hate and war, that they either demanded, or turned a blind eye to the government forcefully stripping 700,000 American citizens of their property, livelihood and homes and placed then into internment camps. Why? Because they were of Japanese descent. When they were released years later, almost none were found guilty of anything.

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Shall I go through every war or major attack in American history? What of Americans of African descent throughout American history? What of Southerners or Northerners during the Civil War? What about Red Coats during the Revolutionary War? The Germans and Italians during WWII? The Native Americans during many wars throughout American history? How about Soviets or Communist sympathizers during the Cold War? Koreans during the Korean War? Anyone of Arab descent directly following 9/11 and Muslims in general for the years after? How about white people after Dylan Roof killed a group of innocent African American church goers? The “police” after footages of unarmed shootings are released? The un-vaccinated for threatening the livelihood of all mankind? Or most recently, the Russians for invading Ukraine. Should I keep going?

What do all of these groups have in common? Nothing really… other than being demonized and lumped into a whole. The worst atrocities known to man have almost always been done in the name of virtue, where the “good” are justified in eliminating the “bad”. It’s the same trope over and over and over. Identify the “bad guys”, demonize and dehumanize them to the point that stripping them of their rights, their life and their humanity is justified in the minds of the citizenry. This way, when government flexes its muscles against such an enemy, the citizenry applauds, feeling righteous in their genocide. It’s nauseating. The whole time, the citizenry never recognizes that they could be next. If the government can do vilify and justify eliminating one “group”, it can do it to anyone.

The issue is this: anytime government or the media tells us that we are justified in hating or vilifying any group of people, we know we’re going down the wrong path. It doesn’t matter who those people are, if government wants us to operate off of hate towards them, we’re being manipulated to give the government or some other group of people, power.

I say this as a word of warning to every American. Never jump on the hate “this country” bandwagon, especially if such a call is spearheaded by government itself. This new wave of anti-Russian fervor should terrify any lover of liberty and should immediately give us horrifying flashbacks of every historically similar situation in American history (I haven’t even mentioned world history). People are individuals and just because someone shares the same ethnicity, race, religion does not mean that they should be stripped of liberty.

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The Constitution exists to protect us from such frivolous, irrational and emotional fits of rage. The Constitution is not arbitrary. The Constitution keeps government in check, regardless of how much they want not stoke to flames of irrational hatred in the citizenry to justify their unconstitutional behavior.

We must never fall for this ruse again. We must always first step back and look at the Constitution. It acknowledges that all men are bad and because of this, all power, whether in the people or government must be limited lest we repeat history, lest we repeat 1942 again and feel justified in doing so.

The Liberty Belle

2 thoughts on “How Demonizing the Enemy Kills Liberty”

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  2. Bob Manderville

    Demonizing the enemy does kill liberty but we have to look no further than our own borders to substantiate this and it has little to do with war. Our two political parties are super spreaders of a disease which destabilized the framework of American government and is now killing our body politic. Their politically expedient rhetoric has managed to completely erase the nuances between interpretation of Constitutional rights and what the government can provide and between interpretation of what constitutes prejudices and beliefs. We are lead by the intended and pretended. One party that claims to serve the party of the pretended victim and the other the party serve the intended patriot. Both parties tell us they hold the majority support of the country and attempt to hypnotize their followers with illusions of American Greatness and American exceptionalism that only they can provide. And yes both incite violence and tyranny through their call for social justice or Constitutional rights yet look the other way and refuse to take ownership for the consequences of their actions.

    Unfortunately the hypocrisy of which side of the fence you stand on plays a major factor in our views of just who the good guy and who the bad guy are. These views are blinding and total acquiesce is expected. Where the right was against “Occupy Wall St.” and that movement in Seattle taking over entire streets they were totally for supporting the truckers taking over the flow of traffic on the northern border and Washingtons Beltway even though most mandates were lifted. The right feels that rewriting history with “Critical Race Theory” is wrong yet practice their own rewriting of January 6th with “Critical RIOT Theory”. Can we repeat the Japanese internment again? We have to look no further than what took place on our southern border under Trump or the excessive jail time the January 6th insurrectionist are spending.

    Ron: Once before we spoke of the military and you mentioned you were in the Air Force. I’ve meant to tell you I was also in the Air Force from 1967 to 1971 as an aircraft mechanic. Recently you asked where my home is ……..it’s in Virginia.

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