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How Republics Die

Posted on Tuesday, September 13, 2022
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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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Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
1 year ago

Dies from internal domestic forces alone

Gail Tubbs
Gail Tubbs
1 year 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.

Patricia A Arsenault
Patricia A Arsenault
1 year ago

We MUST take back OUR house people! #AmericaFirst

Patriot Will
Patriot Will
1 year 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.

Jan13
Jan13
1 year 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.

mytake
mytake
1 year 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.

PaulE
PaulE
1 year 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.

PaulE
PaulE
1 year 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.

kevin
kevin
1 year 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.

Laura
Laura
1 year 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?

Morbious
Morbious
1 year 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.

David Millikan
David Millikan
1 year 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.

Michael Lewis
Michael Lewis
1 year 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.

Nick
Nick
1 year 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.

Jim H
Jim H
1 year 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!

A.Grace
A.Grace
1 year 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.

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