Monday, September 7, 2015

Letters to My Son: Standing Up for What's Right

Dear Son:

Within my lifetime, indeed, within the last few decades, too many of the people of the United States have turned from the ideals of the Founding Fathers, and worse, have turned from their God. They find comfort in the easy path, giving up liberty to grasp at the socialist straws of security. They deride and mock what they cannot understand, and they renounce the very structures of civilization that allow them to live their lives in ignorant bliss.

The institutions that form the backbone of a free society are discarded as dross. The security of liberty, free from government interference, is gone. The ideal of the core family is supplanted with vague and insecure commitments and neutered relationships. Marriage has been redefined into meaninglessness. Even the basic concepts of biology are rejected to feed the voracious sexual appetites of the impatient masses. Children are devalued and discarded, useful only as status symbols or to supply body parts for medical research.

Politicians appeal to our basest desires with promises of a socialist utopia that can never be reached. For example, Hillary Clinton promises to provide "affordable" college, while defending the total train wreck of "affordable" health care. She promises "quality" childcare with one hand, while supporting a system that destroys the best chance children have to succeed - being raised by both a mother and a father. She promises to "defend" Social Security, while supporting an immigration policy that threatens to upend it. Such utopian double standards can never succeed.

In contrast to Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump has one promise - immigration reform. With a loud and obnoxious voice, he carefully hides his disdain for conservative ideals behind a fa├žade of loud platitudes and disdainful rhetoric. He rejects our republic's foundational principles (except where it allows him to make money) and is certainly no advocate to preserve the institution of marriage.

The very politicians who are sworn to protect the law flaunt it at every turn. We can only expect others to follow the examples of our leaders. In response, violent crime has dramatically increased within the very cities that have labored for decades under Democrat rule. It comes as no surprise that the bankrupt structures of socialism have failed the citizens of these cities. It comes as no surprise that Detroit, Oakland, St. Louis, or Baltimore are ready to implode with violence and hatred.

Those who stand against the new regime are silenced, outshouted, jailed, or shot. The immorality of homosexual ideals now trumps the First Amendment right of the free exercise of religion. The 14th Amendment has been twisted into an incomprehensible tangle of protected classes in a convoluted structure to place equality above freedom, groups above individuals.

Now is not a time, my son, for your heart and your moral fiber to fail. We must now, more than ever before, stand up for what is right. And not only that, we must stand up for whatever is good and noble and pure and admirable and of good report.

F.A. Hayek understood what was at stake when he wrote:
The rationalist whose reason is not sufficient to teach him those limitations of the powers of conscious reason, and who despises all the institutions and customs which have not been consciously designed, would thus become the destroyer of the civilization built upon them. This may well prove a hurdle which man will repeatedly reach, only to be thrown back into barbarism.
Stand up for what is right. Remember the words from A Man for All Seasons, when Sir Thomas More is thrown into prison for defying King Henry VIII:

If we lived in a state where virtue was profitable, common sense would make us saintly. But since we see that abhorrence, anger, pride, and stupidity commonly profit far beyond charity, modesty, justice, and thought, perhaps we must stand fast a little - even at the risk of being heroes.