We watched a spectacular display of hatred and ignorance this weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia as left wing protesters clashed over their entitlement to America’s dream. White Nationalists, Black Nationalists, and Anarchists all flexed their totalitarian muscles in an attempt to claim what is not theirs. The American dream was not built on an entitlement to territory and material things. The American dream was built on the marriage of an individual’s right to be free and the need for a government to protect that right. Like any marriage, there has been turmoil within it.
Marriage represents a promise that bonds two people around love, sacrifice, and humility. It takes a humble person to tear down their personal walls, sacrifice their selfish ways, and become vulnerable to the one they love. If you are married, you understand that what makes a marriage strong is the willingness to learn about your imperfections and shortcomings through your partner. It is obvious that marriage is not easy. When one or both members of that marriage embraces hate over love, selfishness over sacrifice, or arrogance over humility, the bond weakens and there is a schism. America is emblematic of a marriage struggling to keep its relationship from tearing itself apart.
America’s marriage has been challenged generation after generation. We have seen the unity of America separated into parties. Many members of the Republican and Democrat establishment have forgotten or ignored the vows they have pledged to protect. The members of the parties have even struggled with their own ideological differences as some have divorced themselves from the ideas that have made America an exceptional nation.
America is having an identity crisis as balkanized tribal groups of disenfranchised Americans war over some fabricated sense of birthright. Our American identity was not created as a birthright of the progeny of white European colonialists or the descendants of entitled former slaves. America’s identity was outlined by our founders in the Declaration of Independence and formulated by the United States Constitution codified around the idea that ALL men have certain unalienable rights. The government’responsibility is to protect those rights, and the people have the right to throw down the government that infringes on their rights.
Nowhere do our founders mention that we are entitled to some infinite well of America’s exceptionalism. In fact, our founders were very pessimistic about America’s ability to become and remain exceptional because of the blight within our humanity. John Adams mentioned how the divorce from industriousness for the embrace for “democratic” entitlement or what can be better explained as Statism would bring about debauchery and the destruction of civil society.
“Suppose a nation, rich and poor, high and low, ten millions in number, all assembled together; not more than one or two millions will have lands, houses, or any personal property; if we take into the account the women and children, or even if we leave them out of the question, a great majority of every nation is wholly destitute of property, except a small quantity of clothes, and a few trifles of other movables. Would Mr. Nedham be responsible that, if all were to be decided by a vote of the majority, the eight or nine millions who have no property, would not think of usurping over the rights of the one or two millions who have? Property is surely a right of mankind as really as liberty. Perhaps, at first, prejudice, habit, shame or fear, principle or religion, would restrain the poor from attacking the rich, and the idle from usurping on the industrious; but the time would not be long before courage and enterprise would come, and pretexts be invented by degrees, to countenance the majority in dividing all the property among them, or at least, in sharing it equally with its present possessors. Debts would be abolished first; taxes laid heavy on the rich, and not at all on the others; and at last a downright equal division of every thing be demanded, and voted. What would be the consequence of this? The idle, the vicious, the intemperate, would rush into the utmost extravagance of debauchery, sell and spend all their share, and then demand a new division of those who purchased from them. The moment the idea is admitted into society, that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence. If "Thou shalt not covet," and "Thou shalt not steal," were not commandments of Heaven, they must be made inviolable precepts in every society, before it can be civilized or made free.” John Adams, Defence of the Constitutions of Government.
America is not an exceptional nation because of white people or black people. It is not exceptional because of rich material resources that exist under our feet. America is exceptional because of the marriage between the American citizen and their unique binding contract with their government. It is this contract that secures the identity of America and prevents the natural tyranny of government from being unleashed on the people it is supposed to serve.
There is no secret that the desire for Statism is raising its ugly head in America with the rise of socialism in all of its forms. Whether it is the ignorance in White and Black Nationalism synonymous of European right Fascism or anarcho-communist movement similar to that of the European left, these covetous collective masses all reject what made America great or more importantly, what made America exceptional. They also reject the evidence in history of statism’s failure as it always plunges the covetous society into lawlessness. Venezuela is experiencing this now as the country has collapsed under what the prescient John Adams so eloquently predicted. Will it happen here?
We need a divorce
Many Americans are being unfaithful to the American ideal and are flirting with European socialism as if the body count that lays in its wake doesn’t exist. Disdain for the Nazi National Socialist flag always seems to get the criticism it deserves by the media and politicos as millions were killed including approximately 5.5 million Jews under its possession. The mass murder and genocide experienced under the communist flag brandishing the hammer and sickle never gets the attention needed.
Both flags represent what is diametrically opposed to America and have no place within the spectrum of our politics. They represent the idea that people are a part of a collective that receives their rights from government. They represent that some humans are more important than others and life is simply a utility to be used to create a utopian heaven on Earth. We need to divorce ourselves from these un-American ideas. Many of the members of the American political left have abandoned American principles to embrace the murderous ideologies of Europe. Our relationship with these ideologies has become abusive and it is time to go. If we wait too long, that marriage with those ideas will make us fat and lazy to the point we cannot get the wedding ring off.
There is nothing American about the White Nationalist movement in this country. This remnant of the old militant Democratic Party otherwise labeled as the KKK is now facing the newest Democratic Party creation – the Black Nationalists and anarcho-communist groups. Both manifestations of un-American hatred need each other and feed off each other in order to high jack and divert the American people from their true purpose of progressing and propelling humanity into the future with the laws of nature and nature’s God as their guide.
America’s greatness and exceptionalism are not defined by statues and monuments. It is not defined by our skin color and ethnicity. It is not defined by our sexual orientation and what genitalia we have. These things are material manifestations of our differences and the history of a people. Rallying behind material objects like a flag or statue, a color of skin, our genitalia, what we do with our genitalia, or our ethnicity will only divide us into groups. We are then corralled loyal subjects to idols and make us ripe for slavery.
Instead, we should throw off the labels that bind us like chains and divide us, and unite under the American label that has true value and meaning. Without the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, America is just a land mass of dirt with water around it. Without the promise of liberty outlined in our purpose, the American flag and the Statue of Liberty are just stone and fabric. Without a civil society guided by principles of reason and natural law, a wall on our borders is simply a wall of a prison cell of incivility, debauchery, and murder.
In order for America to survive and heal, we need to revisit our principles. We need to embrace our vows to protect the rights of all Americans despite our differences. We must condemn hatred and violence despite allegiances to political parties and interest groups. We must recognize that history does not represent the future but is a good guide to preventing the horrific specters of the past from reappearing before us. Lastly, we must realize that our rights are endowed to us by a creator. They are on loan to us and exist not as a gift but as an obligation for us to protect them. Freedom is not free.