Sunday, September 19, 2021

God or State

There are those who believe that human rights were given to people by God. And there are those who believe that human rights were given to people by the State, the government, or in more primitive formulations, by the King. The former believe that individuals are best able to defend their rights if the government provides an impartial Rule of Law, in which every person no matter his or her station or relationship to the government is treated the same by the Law. The latter believe that individuals are unable to defend their own rights, and that governments should guarantee individual rights by interfering in, assisting, handicapping, and regulating their lives to whatever degree is needed to reach a fair, just, and equal society. The latter believe the purpose of the Law is not to hold everyone equally responsible for their own actions, but to force everyone into fair, just, and identical results.

This struggle has implications for our society and its politics.

Jeffrey Lord wrote a brilliant piece at the American Spectator that describes how conservatives consistently get demonized by the left-wing, anti-anti-communist press, and how this has happened ever since the days of the Alger Hiss trial. As was made evident by the title of Bill Buckley’s first book, God and Man at Yale, which earned him his own position in the list of those demonized by the anti-anti-communist press, the conflict made evident in this consistently repeated theme of demonization in American political life is the struggle between those who worship God and those who have replaced God with Man in their pantheon. This is the same as the struggle between individuals and the state.

Lord reviews the names of some of the most public victims of this demonization process.

Richard Nixon
Whittaker Chambers
William F. Buckley Jr.
Joseph McCarthy
Barry Goldwater
Spiro Agnew
Clement Haynesworth (a failed Nixon Supreme Court nominee)
Ronald Reagan
Edwin Meese III
Robert Bork
Douglas Ginsburg (Bork’s replacement as a Reagan Supreme Court nominee –and also failed)
Oliver North
Newt Gingrich
Dan Quayle
Rush Limbaugh
Sean Hannity
Mark Levin
Ann Coulter
Roger Ailes
Rupert Murdoch
Samuel Alito
Lou Dobbs
Bill O’Reilly
Glenn Beck
Miguel Estrada (a star conservative lawyer, a Latino, blocked as a Bush appeals court nominee)
Alberto Gonzales
George W. Bush
Dick Cheney
Donald Rumsfeld
Sarah Palin
Michele Bachmann
Christine O’Donnell
Sharron Angle
Joe Miller
Karl Rove
Scooter Libby
Donald Trump
Herman Cain

I would add Michael Savage to that list. He has been reviled as much as anyone, simply for his advocacy of an American language, secure borders, American culture, and traditional morality.

As Lord explores so well, the reason for this consistent pattern of demonization is a struggle between two forces in American political discourse. One force takes the side of individual freedom from state power. The other force takes the side of state power over the individual. Many of those reading this will have experienced times in their lives when they, like the people in this list, were demonized by their liberal friends as Nazis, KKK members, racists, greedy scrooges, corporate slaves, evil, dummies, and so on, simply because they expressed a conservative opinion.

This struggle can be depicted in shorthand with any of a set of contrasting pairs.

  • God vs. State
  • Natural Law vs. Man’s Law
  • Freedom vs. State Power
  • Worship of God vs. Worship of Man
  • Christianity vs. Atheism
  • Christianity vs. Communism
  • Anti-Communist vs. Anti-Anti-Communist
  • Individualism vs. Statism
  • Individualism vs. Collectivism
  • Capitalism vs. Socialism
  • American Conservatism vs. Progressivism
  • Classical Liberalism vs. Contemporary Liberalism
  • Tea Parties vs. Occupy Organizations
  • Workers vs. Unions
  • Charity vs. Welfare
  • Pro-Life vs. Pro-Abortion
  • Adoption vs. Abortion
  • Equality before the Law vs. Affirmative Action
  • Traditional Gender Roles vs. Feminist and Homosexual Activists
  • Law Abiding Citizens vs. the Nanny State
  • Republicans vs. Democrats
  • Results vs. Intentions
  • Facts vs. Political Correctness
  • Free Market vs. State Controlled Economy
  • Free Market in Medical Care vs. Medicaid and other Government Healthcare Systems
  • English Speakers vs. Multiculturalists
  • Melting Pot vs. Multiculturalism
  • Saying “Illegal Aliens” vs. “Undocumented Immigrants”
  • Prefer to Win Wars vs. Prefer to Lose Wars
  • Love America vs. Blame America

Even though the pairs are not identical, it is extraordinary how often those who are atheists also prefer socialist forms of government, prefer unions to workers who are not unionized, prefer government jobs to private sector jobs, promote abortion, prefer socialized medicine, and claim that detailed regulations are absolutely necessary for everything but don’t restrict anything anyone would ever want to do. Just try to make sense of that last claim. You can’t if you have a logical brain cell remaining in your head, but our leftist betters can reconcile it by not using any brain cells at all.

So it would do those of us who are conservatives well to remember and recognize this when it happens. For it certainly will. The upcoming 2012 elections are set to be the most divisive, polarized, demonizing set of campaigns ever, with Barack Obama spending a billion dollars to paint his preferred opponent Mitt Romney as a racist, stupid, flip-flopping, out-of-touch, weirdo so that Obama and his flunkies in the media never have to mention the disaster Obama and the Democrat Party have been for America.

The media will try to get you to throw other conservatives overboard for various horrifying calumnies and charges that boil down to the fact that they are conservatives. You can assume that anything the media states is 99% Obama campaign talking points. Give the media all the credit they deserve, which is to say none at all. They’ve earned it, starting at least as early as the Alger Hiss case.

Keep your eyes open this election season and don’t let Obama and his media boosters bamboozle or flim-flam you.

And read the whole Lord piece. It’s well worth it.

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  1. Oh, this person knows absolutely this election cannot be labeled a “slam dunk” as many are thinking. Obama picked Ohio for his first arrow-slinging/money input (oxymoron I know) but without “Ohio Politics 101” (unless you have the handbook) it’s kind of gonna be lost on many others. But all you guys need to know is this:
    As Ohio goes, so goes the nation.

    FYI we are gonna need a lot of prayers in this state.

  2. I find it instructive that the list of demonized conservatives includes Newt Gingrich, Ann Coulter, and Herman Cain. These three have not chosen to agree on who should win the 2012 Republican nomination for president. More importantly, all three have chosen to agree on God instead of the collective state. What they do agree on that put them on that list is much more important than any disagreements between them.

  3. UpTwinkles 🙂

    Excellent post beaglescout.

    I just wonder when a majority of Conservatives are going to realize that the MSM and the Left will demonize any Conservative that does not believe in the same things they do. And that their ends justify their means; lies slander and smears.

  4. 1. I can’t believe Lord left off Ashcroft. I can’t think of another blatant Christian who was so roundly and unfairly mocked and denigrated than him.

    2. Good post. I think maybe God knew what he was talking about when he suggested that we humble ourselves and seek his face and he would heal our land. At the time it was written, thoughts of America were somewhat premature in all but his mind, but God is no respecter of persons and his precepts are absolute. If we think we can conquer evil (both within our nation in the culture of death and overseas in our wars) on our own, we delude ourselves.

  5. But this makes me think of a joke Aunt Edna sent me. The media treats Republicans like this paper treated the preacher’s ass:

    A Pastor entered his donkey in a race and it won.

    The Pastor was so pleased with the donkey that he entered it in the race again, and it won again. The local paper read:

    PASTOR’S ASS OUT FRONT.

    The Bishop was so upset with this kind of publicity that he ordered the Pastor not to enter the donkey in another race.
    The next day, the local paper headline read:

    BISHOP SCRATCHES PASTOR’S ASS.

    This was too much for the Bishop, so he ordered the Pastor to get rid of the donkey. The Pastor decided to give it to a Nun in a nearby Convent.

    The local paper, hearing of the news, posted the following headline the next day:

    NUN HAS BEST ASS IN TOWN.

    The Bishop fainted! He informed the Nun that she would have to get rid of the donkey, so she sold it to a farmer for $10. The next day the papers read:

    NUN SELLS ASS FOR $10.

    This was too much for the Bishop, so he ordered the nun to buy back the donkey and lead it to the plains where it could run wild. The next day the headlines read:

    NUN ANNOUNCES HER ASS IS WILD AND FREE.

    The Bishop was buried the next day.

  6. Very important, Beagle. Obama and the Left are more out in the open on this, which should be taken advantage of. While people speak of class warfare, as his recent speeches have been, there is that deeper premise underlying it that should be exposed, Man vs God. It is a denial of that elemental comment by Jefferson about self-evident truth of Man to pursue life, liberty, etc with supervision of his betters.

  1. Oh, this person knows absolutely this election cannot be labeled a “slam dunk” as many are thinking. Obama picked Ohio for his first arrow-slinging/money input (oxymoron I know) but without “Ohio Politics 101” (unless you have the handbook) it’s kind of gonna be lost on many others. But all you guys need to know is this:
    As Ohio goes, so goes the nation.

    FYI we are gonna need a lot of prayers in this state.

  2. I find it instructive that the list of demonized conservatives includes Newt Gingrich, Ann Coulter, and Herman Cain. These three have not chosen to agree on who should win the 2012 Republican nomination for president. More importantly, all three have chosen to agree on God instead of the collective state. What they do agree on that put them on that list is much more important than any disagreements between them.

  3. UpTwinkles 🙂

    Excellent post beaglescout.

    I just wonder when a majority of Conservatives are going to realize that the MSM and the Left will demonize any Conservative that does not believe in the same things they do. And that their ends justify their means; lies slander and smears.

  4. 1. I can’t believe Lord left off Ashcroft. I can’t think of another blatant Christian who was so roundly and unfairly mocked and denigrated than him.

    2. Good post. I think maybe God knew what he was talking about when he suggested that we humble ourselves and seek his face and he would heal our land. At the time it was written, thoughts of America were somewhat premature in all but his mind, but God is no respecter of persons and his precepts are absolute. If we think we can conquer evil (both within our nation in the culture of death and overseas in our wars) on our own, we delude ourselves.

  5. But this makes me think of a joke Aunt Edna sent me. The media treats Republicans like this paper treated the preacher’s ass:

    A Pastor entered his donkey in a race and it won.

    The Pastor was so pleased with the donkey that he entered it in the race again, and it won again. The local paper read:

    PASTOR’S ASS OUT FRONT.

    The Bishop was so upset with this kind of publicity that he ordered the Pastor not to enter the donkey in another race.
    The next day, the local paper headline read:

    BISHOP SCRATCHES PASTOR’S ASS.

    This was too much for the Bishop, so he ordered the Pastor to get rid of the donkey. The Pastor decided to give it to a Nun in a nearby Convent.

    The local paper, hearing of the news, posted the following headline the next day:

    NUN HAS BEST ASS IN TOWN.

    The Bishop fainted! He informed the Nun that she would have to get rid of the donkey, so she sold it to a farmer for $10. The next day the papers read:

    NUN SELLS ASS FOR $10.

    This was too much for the Bishop, so he ordered the nun to buy back the donkey and lead it to the plains where it could run wild. The next day the headlines read:

    NUN ANNOUNCES HER ASS IS WILD AND FREE.

    The Bishop was buried the next day.

  6. Very important, Beagle. Obama and the Left are more out in the open on this, which should be taken advantage of. While people speak of class warfare, as his recent speeches have been, there is that deeper premise underlying it that should be exposed, Man vs God. It is a denial of that elemental comment by Jefferson about self-evident truth of Man to pursue life, liberty, etc with supervision of his betters.

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