Sunday, November 13, 2016

Sunday Sermon: Progressive Thought Control and James Madison

One of my progressive friends on Facebook posted this quote from George R.R. Martin, of Game of Thrones fame:
Trump was the least qualified candidate ever nominated by a major party for the presidency. Come January, he will become the worst president in American history, and a dangerously unstable player on the world stage.
I find it ironic that Martin (and my friend) are saying exactly what conservatives have said about Obama. The difference, of course, is that Obama has proven himself to be the worst president ever, while we await to see if Martin's predictions of Trump will come true.

This past week has seen the backlash of progressives after the election that didn't go their way. They have rioted in the streets of several major cities. As nearly as I can figure it, they're demanding that a fair and decisive election be turned around to suit their ideology and to assuage the pain in their fragile, little hearts.

What's important to note is that the ideology of progressivism has convinced many Americans, and many more illegal aliens, that stifling speech, rioting in the streets, condemning those who disagree, or threatening those who disagree, are now natural roles of politics.

In essence, they reject any reality about government other than what gets filtered through their lens of ignorance, and they now attempt to enforce their opinion through physical force, intimidation, election rigging, and control of the media and schools.

We are now placed squarely on the horns of a dilemma. We now have a progressive, elitist class, well funded by conniving billionaires such as George Soros, which increasingly attempts to control or stifle the speech of dissent.

James Madison recognized this problem and argued against it nearly 230 years ago. In his Federalist #10, he notes that the people can reduce factions by removing their causes. By "factions" Madison merely means groups of people who hold the same opinion.
There are again two methods of removing the causes of faction: the one, by destroying the liberty which is essential to its existence; the other, by giving to every citizen the same opinions, the same passions, and the same interests. (Federalist #10)
Madison identified two methods of removing the causes of factions, both of which are inimical to the foundational principles of the US. Yet, having found the US system too slow to act or not progressive enough in its actions, progressives seek to remove the causes of factions instead of controlling their effects.

Take your pick, we can destroy liberty or we can give everyone the same opinions. Progressives use both methods to attempt to control the underlying beliefs of those who disagree with their views.

We can roll over and let them do so, or we can rely on that liberty granted by the Almighty to all men. Patrick Henry's immortal words still ring true today:
Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death! (Source)

There are several good books written about the rise of progressivism and the changes it has affected in our political arena. (Andrew Breitbart's Righteous Indignation is a good start. Check out Thomas Sowell's A Conflict of Visions for a more scholarly approach.)