[Swiftwater Gazette] Liberty versus equality
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Thu May 12 15:45:46 EDT 2016
TheScariest Reason Trump WonTuesday,May 10, 2016http://www.dennisprager.com/the-scariest-reason-trump-won/ Howdid we ever get here? There are many reasons why DonaldTrump is the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. The four most-oftencited reasons are the frustrations of white working-class Americans, awidespread revulsion against political correctness, disenchantment with theRepublican establishment, and the unprecedented and unrivaled amount of timethe media afforded Trump. Theyare all valid.
Butthe single biggest reason is this: The majority of Republicans are notconservative. Conservativeswho opposed Trump kept arguing — indeed, provided unassailable proof — thatTrump is not a conservative and has never been one. But the argument meantlittle or nothing to two types of Republicans: the majority of Trump voters whodon’t care whether he is a conservative, and the smaller number of Trump voterswho are conservative, but care about illegal immigration more than all otherissues, including his many and obvious failings. So, then, what happened to the majority ofRepublicans? Why aren’t they conservative? The answer lies in America’s biggest — andscariest — problem: Most Americans no longer know what America stands for. Forthem, America has become just another country, a place located between Canadaand Mexico. But America was founded to be an idea, notanother country. As former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher put it: “Europe wascreated by history. America was created by philosophy.” Why haven’t the past three generations ofAmericans known what America stands for? The biggest reason is probably the influenceof left-wing ideas. Since its inception, the left has opposedthe American idea, and for good reason. Everything the American idea representsundermines leftist ideas. And the left, unlike most Americans, has alwaysunderstood that either the left is right, or America is right. America stands for small government, a freeeconomy (and therefore, capitalism), liberty (which therefore allows for itsinevitable consequence: inequality), the melting pot ideal and a God-centeredpopulation rooted in Judeo-Christian values (so that a moral society is createdby citizens exercising self-control rather than relying on the state to imposecontrol). Only America was founded on the idea ofsmall government. But the left is based on big government. Americawas founded on the principle that human rights come from the creator. For theleft, rights come from the state. America was founded on the belief that inorder to maintain a small government, only a God-fearing people can ensure adecent country. The left opposes God-based religions, particularlyJudeo-Christian religions. Secularism, as much as egalitarianism, is as at thecore of leftism. TheAmerican Revolution, unlike the French Revolution, placed liberty aboveequality. For the left, equality is more important than all else. That’s why somany American and European leftists have celebrated left-wing regimes, fromStalin to Mao to Guevara to Castro to Chavez, no matter how much the regimessquelched individual liberty. They all preached equality. Ittook generations, but the left has succeeded (primarily through the schools,but also through the media) in substituting its values for America’s. While the left has been the primary cause,there have been others. The most significant is success. Americanvalues inspired so much success that Americans came to take that success forgranted. They forgot what made America uniquely free and affluent. And now,it’s not even accurate to say they forgot because the current generation neverknew. While schools (starting with the universities) were being transformedinto institutions for left-wing indoctrination, American parents ceasedteaching their children American values (starting with not reading them themost popular book in American history: the Bible). Schools even stopped teaching Americanhistory. When American history is taught today, it is taught as a history ofoppression, imperialism and racism. Likewise, there is essentially no educationon civics, once a staple of the public school system. Young Americans are nottaught the Constitution or how American government works. I doubt many collegestudents even know what “separation of powers” means, let alone why it is sosignificant. So, then, thanks to leftism and America’staken-for-granted success, most Americans no longer understand what it means tobe American. Those who do are called conservatives because they wish toconserve the unique American idea. But conservatives now constitute not only aminority of Americans, but a minority of Republicans. That is the primaryreason Donald Trump — a nationalist, but not a conservative — is thepresumptive of Republican nominee. As I noted from the outset, I will vote forhim if he wins the nomination — because there is no choice. But the biggestreason he won is scary.
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