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Sunday, September 30, 2018

America's "Manichaean Choice"

The academic trends on the left have been on a collision course with American and western principles of law, civil liberties and individual rights. You cannot have the nation’s intellectuals espousing collectivist identity politics, speech codes, and the violent suppression of dissent without it manifesting in the culture and ending in some cataclysmic legal or political battle. Trump and his supporters merely accelerated this trend as the left realized it could no longer count on the unwashed masses to deliver milquetoast opposition while on their “long march through the institutions.” They will continue to try and overthrow the country democratically, and if that doesn’t work, they will turn even more explicitly to violent revolution. 

The past two years has exposed this state of affairs for anyone willing to see. The complete breakdown of mainstream journalistic standards in favor of the left, the hysterical coarsening of political debate, and mob-rule purges are symptoms of a culture ripening to totalitarian control. The attempted deep state coup against Trump and the Kavanaugh circus are political manifestations of the same fundamental post-modern anti-American philosophic climate.

The Kavanaugh hearing's brazen contempt for civil and constitutional norms may be the moment this conflict finally crystallizes for mainstream Americans who to this point only sensed something was seriously wrong.  Victor Davis Hanson writes: "The “process” of memorializing Ford’s testimony involved a strange inversion of constitutional norms: The idea of a statute of limitations is ossified; hearsay is legitimate testimony; inexact and contradictory recall is proof of trauma, and therefore of validity; the burden of proof is on the accused, not the accuser; detail and evidence are subordinated to assumed sincerity; proof that one later relates an allegation to another is considered proof that the assault actually occurred in the manner alleged; motive is largely irrelevant; the accuser establishes the guidelines of the state’s investigation of the allegations; and the individual allegation gains credence by cosmic resonance with all other such similar allegations."

As he noted in a recent interview, the nature of such an extreme breakdown necessarily forces Americans into choosing one of only two sides - a "Manichaean choice” as he describes it.  At this point, either you advocate western jurisprudence, individual rights, and the American Constitution or you advocate mob rule and dictatorship.

In Godfather II, Michael Corleone witnesses a revolutionary blow himself up in order to kill two cops and is asked what it tells him. He replies, “It tells me they can win.”  In other words, when one side demonstrates their willingness to go to maniacal extremes, it shows they are beyond rational persuasion and hell-bent on winning at any cost despite the odds against them - which makes them formidable.  To not let them win, first, we need to appreciate the seriousness of this moment. Second, if you are worried about supporting an imperfect candidate (just about any Republican) against a horrible candidate (pretty much any Democrat) because of some theory about "long run consequences," realize, at this point, there are indeed two sides, because if the left succeeds in erasing basic civil liberties and the rule of law, there will be no long run.   

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