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How Republics Die

Republics

When we speak politically, we risk criticism – yet we may save the Republic. When we question elected officials, public “narratives” (once children’s stories), redefinition of words (in biology, history, or law), defend ourselves, or ask others to defend anti-American ideologies (like Marxism), we risk blowback. But not speaking – fear of the blowback – is how republics die.

Arguably, the greatest danger to a republic is self-chilling – people getting afraid to voice what they know, feel, or experience as truth, because they expect to be punished, forced to pay a social, political, economic, or personal price for defending truth, conscience, and tradition.

We are at that moment in America, whether we like it or not. We see political dialogue – especially since 2020 – turning violent, that violence justified by political leaders, especially on the left, but also on the right. This is a breakdown of civil order and must be stopped, soon.

When groups like ANTIFA, BLM, and, lately, pro-abortion groups turn violent, destroying property and instilling fear, political actors in both major parties must turn the volume down and condemn the rise of political violence. Some have, and many have not. Because some have not, proponents of violence feel empowered.

When political violence triggers policies that conflict with civil society, like the crazy defunding, demoralizing, demonizing, and ambushing of police, or attacking political figures, or stalking Supreme Court Justices, political leaders must speak with one voice – for rule of law, against political intimidation. Some did, many did not.

Today, we have a society struggling – whether we admit it or not – not just with poor leadership, high crime, bad economic, foreign, and defense policies, but with unity in defense of law, limited government, peace through internal cohesion, and whether democracy even matters.

Some edge toward justifying political violence, putting Clausewitz’s idea that “war is the extension of politics” in reverse, importing warlike behaviors into civil society. Only that is a total loser, because if we destroy the institutions, traditions, and rights we have, what have we?

Instead of uniformly condemning political violence, today’s leaders pick and choose where they think it is justified. One side hypes one thing, the other another. Let us be clear: Fear, threats, and violence kill democracy. Chilling speech about the wrongness of chilling speech is the start of it.  

In truth, political violence as a means for settling political or social arguments, advancing policies, or pushing one party’s agenda over another, let alone consolidating power, is as wrong as wrong gets. It is never justified. It is dangerous to the republic’s civil fabric and future.

That is why so many Americans are ill at ease. After getting punished economically and politically for opposing off-base COVID restrictions, many unconstitutional, Americans pause.

After being told any talk about election irregularities in 2020 – created to accommodate COVID – or election integrity makes them racist, ideological, stupid, anti-democratic, or “election deniers,” many went quiet. 

Parents nationwide, threatened by this administration with FBI investigations, called “terrorists,” racists, and fascists for opposing “Critical Race Theory” in schools, have tried to fight back, but many folded their tents and went home.

Pushed by school administrators, federal authorities, and unions to shut up on issues of sexual identity redefinition, what is taught to kindergartners, how their daughters suffer lost dignity, privacy, and safety in bathrooms and locker rooms, why Title IX is being rolled back, many have fought back. Others have given up. 

Parents no longer trust those they thought they could, many giving up on public education – on teachers, administrators, and unions that put leftist activism above kids’ basic academic, social, emotional, and athletic readiness for life. Seeing schools cave to Marxist, anti-girl, anti-traditional, anti-faith, “woke” and nihilistic ideas, they turn to private schools and self-schooling, dialogue over.

All this is not healthy for republics. Instead of encouraging conversations, give-and-take on the Bill of Rights, why “limited government” matters, along with election integrity, police, order, parents, and civil conversation – the left shuts it down.

Big thinkers – Aristotle, Edmund Burke, Lord Acton, George Orwell, and our Founding Fathers all warned – about this. When one party starts to shut the other down – to cancel, demonize, threaten, justify political violence, fail to protect, tag “the other” as deplorable, insensible, racist, and fascist – they chill speech and create one-sided silence. Unless reversed, bad things follow.

Aristotle warned that republics only survive when people speak, and “there is only one way to avoid criticism – do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.” Burke reminded, “the only thing needed for evil to prevail is that good people do nothing.”

Lord Acton noted “power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely,” while Orwell observed: “If thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought … A bad usage can spread … even among people who should and do know better.”

That is why so many Americans are so profoundly unsettled, uneasy with politics – especially with Biden, Harris, the Democrats in Congress, and an increasingly leftist major party. 

When more than 70 million Americans are called by their president “enemies of the state,” a “threat to democracy,” and “extremists” – when the president’s party echoes or is quietly complicit – then liberty-loving, limited-government Americans are given pause.

Bottom line: Do not let the left chill you. This is when words matter most. Alexander de Tocqueville said in the 1830s, Americans are different. “They are constantly brought back to their own reason, as the most obvious and proximate source of truth.” How right he was – and is. We must listen to that voice within and speak. Chilling the People’s voice is how republics die.


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A.Grace
2 months ago

What I don’t understand is how Democrats can continue to swallow all the lies being told by the MSM and liberal and socialist politicians. I don’t understand how they can’t see how bad off our Country had become since the Democrats took over January 2021. We have higher gas prices, higher food prices, and most items are higher than they’ve ever been. Laws are being changed to benefit those who are committing crimes in some cities. Before Biden came into office everything was doing well for our Country. If the MSM told the truth we would not be in this fix. I don’t know what they are going to get out of this in the end joining the Democrat Party in destroying the United States of America.None are so blind as those who will not see.

Jim H
2 months ago

We must remember that those on the left are few in number!! They have a large financial and media backing which makes them appear much greater than they are. They lie and deceive and bully people into following their lead. Remember, the destruction of the Soviet Union began with a very few that refused to bend the knee to Marxist corruption. If we stay the course and confront evil with truth, fear with grip the wicked and they will be no more!

johnh
2 months ago
Reply to  Jim H

Looking at the 2020 votes, it appears that both the Left & Right are about the same in the 70-million number.

Nick
2 months ago

I will Venmo $250 to anyone who can show me evidence that Biden called MAGA Republicans “enemies of the state” in his Sept. 1st speech, or anywhere else.

He did not use those words once.

However, Trump did turn around and specifically call Biden an “enemy of the state” a few days later.

Please don’t lie, Mr. Charles. I pay good money for a membership to this organization.

A.Grace
2 months ago
Reply to  Nick

How much will you Venmo for anyone to prove HRC called Republicans deplorables and JB called them semi-fascists? Do you really think being called enemies of the state is worse?

Nick
2 months ago
Reply to  A.Grace

Not denying that either of those things happened. So unlike Mr. Charles, I am not a liar.

Elaine Fredrick
2 months ago
Reply to  Nick

You are right, he did not use the words “enemies of the state” in his speech. Here is where you can read a transcript of his speech. He used other negative descriptions regarding MAGA republicans. Read: Transcript of President Joe Biden’s speech in Philadelphia – FOX13 News Memphis (fox13memphis.com) He used words that incriminate every MAGA citizen and said we are violent. That is a LIE. I have seen way more violence from the dems in the past few years. I am a MAGA citizen. I think Trump did an amazing job, despite the mean tweets. He was not perfect, but we were certainly in a better place during his four years than we are in biden’s two. But there hasn’t been any apparent election reform and I worry that future elections will have the same outcome as 2020 elections. But…I will still vote for pro-life, pro-constitution, pro second amendment, etc., candidates.

Michael Lewis
2 months ago

Campaign laws are responsible for the corporate voice having more influence in our elections than the voice of natural persons!

After Watergate, to protect the public from the appearance of corruption, The Federal Election Campaign Act abridged the freedoms of speech press and assembly of the regulated class: candidates for Federal Office, political parties, PACs and individual citizens.
But the corporate media were exempted because government could not infringe their 1st Amendment rights:

52 U.S. Code § 30101 – Definitions (9)(B) The term “expenditure” does not include— (i) any news story, commentary, or editorial distributed through the facilities of any broadcasting station, newspaper, magazine, or other periodical publication, unless such facilities are owned or controlled by any political party, political committee, or candidate; – law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/52/30101

The above created a “Royal”, “State Approved” press! 

But if candidates and political parties have to pay for time/space in the media, then why are favorable editorials considered to have no value if they are published by corporate media, unless the media is controlled by a political party, political committee, or candidate?

To restore equal rights to citizens, federal candidates, political parties and PACs “We the People” should ask our representatives in the Senate and House to revisit “S. 2416 — 113th Congress: Free All Speech Act of 2014.” GovTrack.us . 2014. June 15, 2022 < govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/s2416 113th CONGRESS
2d Session
S. 2416
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
June 3, 2014
Mr. Cruz introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
A BILL
To apply laws that restrict the political speech of American citizens to media corporations.
1. Short title
This Act may be cited as the Free All Speech Act of 2014 .
2. Application of laws that restrict the political speech of American citizens to media corporations
(a) In general
Any law that restricts the political speech of American citizens shall apply with equal force to media corporations, such as the New York Times, the American Broadcasting Company (ABC), the National Broadcasting Company (NBC), and the CBS Television Network.
(b) No application to American citizens if application to media corporations found unconstitutional
To the extent that the application of a law to a media corporation under subsection (a) is found unconstitutional, such law shall have no force or effect with respect to American citizens.

David Millikan
2 months ago

Republics are lost because nobody stood up and FOUGHT for themselves or FREEDOM.
Instead, they became complacent and believed FAKE News which is a death sentence for any Republic.
Why do you think that Weaselcrats are so afraid? If they can’t keep their LIES and TREASON going they can’t CONTROL you and maintain POWER since that IS all they care about no matter how much they DESTROY your lives and the UNITED STATES of AMERICA, OUR HOME.

Morbious
2 months ago

Having come this far, the dems arent going to cede power easily. Cheating to hold congress is likely but if they lose i expect “mostly peaceful “ violence. Add to this the sad fact that the rinos opposing the dems are mostly in on the grift and thus are mealymouthed. I often contemplate what it would’ve taken to have headed off communism. What i come up with is that those in a position to do so were crippled by their own ethics and high mindedness. Thus was a cancer allowed to take root and insinuate itself into every tissue of the country’s institutions. With half the country feeding the cancer we’re in a tough spot.

PaulE
2 months ago
Reply to  Morbious

“What i come up with is that those in a position to do so were crippled by their own ethics and high mindedness.” I have a slightly different perspective. Many of those in a position to crush the ideology while it was still containable, failed to do so because they we consumed by their own desires for personal enrichment and power and had little in the way of what we would describe as ethics to consider what their actions (or inactions as the case may be) would mean for the country 10, 20, 30 and more years down the road.

I do agree with you that with half the country now indoctrinated to prefer socialism over our freedom-and merit based capitalistic society we’re in a very tough spot. The options to correct the situation have realistically dwindled down to just one or two.

Laura
2 months ago

Other then vote in the Midterms, so far speaking up doesn’t seem to help. The left just bears down harder. I’m not giving up, but I need more specific suggestions on ways to speak up that will actually be successful. I put out my opinions and posts on facebook, but they’re either censored, moved somewhere else so nobody sees them or just plain deleted. Threats of facebook jail don’t intimidate me, but if my account gets cancelled, there goes my opportunity for free speech on social media. What else can we do?

PaulE
2 months ago
Reply to  Laura

1) Facebook will automatically censor and remove any comments that either criticize or show the flaws in anything related to socialism, “progressivism” (same as socialism, just called by another name to hide its true ideology), communism, etc.. So you’re wasting your time being on Facebook. Same holds true for Google, Twitter, Instagram, etc.. The people that own and run those platforms have all publicly stated numerous times that free speech isn’t their priority. Eliminating what they call “hate speech” (anything said that isn’t completely aligned with their socialist views) is their agenda.

2) Broaden your scope to other sites out there that offer a more balanced platform. They exist, but they are relatively small in comparison to FB and the other mega left wing dominated platforms.

3) Engage with people on a personal level. There are some Democrats out there that are not completely off the wall crazed socialists looking to burn the country to the ground. Find these people and try and educate them. It’s a gradual process and stick to hard data they can google themselves afterward. Think of it as teaching children that have been locked in a cave for years and now you’re showing them how things really work and why Democrat policies are so transparently flawed. Most only know what they have been spoon fed by the msm and the Democrat party for years and years. You’ll get through to some and you’ll fail with others. It depends on whether they are open to hearing an alternative to the Democrat propaganda or if their minds have atrophied from lack of use.

4) Check out sites like Porject Veritas and Judicial Watch that contain information none of the msm, including FOX, with show, because it is real investigative journalism and how our legal system really works.

Is this specific enough for you?

Scott
2 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

Project Veritas? The group known for deceptively editing videos of its undercover operations and its founder can’t do fund raising in Florida, Maine, Mississippi, Utah, and Wisconsin due to his criminal record? I wouldn’t trust anything they say. They’ve been wrong so many times and shelling out $$$ for court settlements as a result.

Elaine Fredrick
2 months ago
Reply to  Laura

Try Gab. They accept any posts that are moral.

kevin
2 months ago

I think the year was 1962 and 1963. The Supreme Court’s decisions regarding the Bible reading and prayer in school. Those decisions were the start of the end of this Country.

johnh
2 months ago
Reply to  kevin

In 1958, one of the Communist goals was to get prayers out of our schools……. and then what has happened.

johnh
2 months ago
Reply to  kevin

Please read book “The Naked Communist” in 50s & not the goals of communism. And then, look at changes in America in the last 60-years

PaulE
2 months ago

RBC,

By the way, you should take a few minutes to look over the 4 part series from Project Veritas on how the left is successfully teaching all sorts of leftist propaganda in a number of public and private schools in the New York tri-state area. Teachers, pinciples and administrators are all involved in the socialist indictrination process and they are quite proud of their efforts and successes to date.

Every socialist and communist regime has always emphasized the impportance of getting ahold of the young and brainwashing them to be good little “useful idiots”, that will grow up to be loyal party supporters. Project Veritas provides 4 examples of how that is being done each and every day.

PaulE
2 months ago

RBC,

I will agree with you that more often than not republics die from the inaction of the general population, who for whatever reason, chose NOT to stand up to defend themselves and their rights and freedms from those that seek to take it all away and replace it an authoritarian form of government. History is littered with examples of countries that have fallen simply because the people opted to do nothing in the face of an obvious and dangerous domestic threat.

mytake
2 months ago

That name calling is immature and shows the lack of character and ignorance of the Democrats. We really can’t respect it in any politician, especially a so-called president. Excellent article and absolutely applicable and truthful.

edward
2 months ago
Reply to  mytake

What happened to all that lack of “decorum” they kept hitting Trump with?

Jan13
2 months ago

I’m good with the idea of a Red State/ Blue State split, really don’t want to see it happen, but the division is getting worse. I’d be happy if NYS can become separate from NYC, most of upstate NY is conservative, unfortunately for the upstate regions of NYS, what NYC wants/ does, the rest of us suffer. From what I’ve read from folks in Western Washington State, Oregon, & areas of California they have the same issues as we do in NYS. Though I’m sure more Blue state Conservatives feel the same way. I haven’t heard of any liberals living in a Red state complain, though I tend not to listen to CNN or any other alphabet network.

Patriot Will
2 months ago

Very wise words — conservatives and freedom loving patriots must allow themselves to be made uncomfortable by the lying and name calling from the ignorant supporters of Biden. It is our civic duty to calmly disagree with the President Trump haters by pointing out the many facts that prove that Biden and his cohorts are seriously destroying our borders, economy, energy needs, and security strengths. Of course, we do not have to openly challenge those left-wing individuals and groups who will automatically destroy us physically and monetarily; however, there are many times when we can safely challenge our partisan friends, acquaintances, and family neighbors from mouthing off their hate speech and Marxist propaganda. Of course, we risk being insulted and yelled at, but what’s the big deal. We have had plenty of Americans suffer and even sacrifice their lives to help keep the USA a Constitutional Republic. We can all risk being made emotionally uncomfortable.
We owe this to our country and our survival as a people of freedom and liberty.

Patricia A Arsenault
2 months ago

We MUST take back OUR house people! #AmericaFirst

Sharon Ormsby
2 months ago

We must take it all! We must when we win the House, get rid of the top three in government!They are traitors!

anna hubert
2 months ago
Reply to  Sharon Ormsby

How? There is no one that would deal with the criminality and rot at the very top

mytake
2 months ago
Reply to  Sharon Ormsby

For sure they are.

Gail Tubbs
2 months ago

We must not keep quiet. When Biden and his cronies berate us, we must answer back. Our most powerful weapon is the truth, Biden hates that.

Jan13
2 months ago
Reply to  Gail Tubbs

That’s a big reason they don’t like President Trump, he fights back, they’re use to a Republican running & hiding in a corner.

mytake
2 months ago
Reply to  Jan13

You got that right!

mytake
2 months ago
Reply to  Gail Tubbs

He learned it from Obama. I have never heard such hateful politicians before and the nerve to berate citizens like that. Evil. They cannot be supported.

Stephen Russell
2 months ago

Dies from internal domestic forces alone

anna hubert
2 months ago

Fifth column at work

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