G. K. Chesterton is credited with the observation that “It is hatred that unites people…while love is always individual”.
Our current situation echoes that statement and that is indeed unfortunate even though it appears a truism. The ‘situation’ is, of course, that of the Charlottesville occurrence and the residue of that which continues to affect us all across this country. Statues are being toppled or simply removed by authorities from campuses and public squares as the result of the Charlottesville experience, and in the hopes that similar occurrences will not erupt in other cities.
Frankly, there is an element in our country that looks for these kinds of excuses in order to crank up their members to perpetuate the use of issues to lay claim to be aggrieved. The election of Donald Trump has simply provided the latest excuse for such activities. Something was bound to bring these to the top of mind, and he is the ‘something’.
That great philosopher, Rush Limbaugh, said that “the America that used to be the beacon of freedom has become a target. There is no place on the planet that humans would rather be than the United States of America. And yet people born and raised in this country have been persuaded that America is a sinkhole, a hellhole, a sewer, a garbage dump, or a dungeon”. He also pointed out that the people, the movement if you will, that was seen in Charlottesville is the same that showed up in Ferguson, Missouri to do the same thing earlier.
If that is true, then we are in for these ‘happenings’ wherever some trigger event occurs or is felt to have occurred by those who do the rousing of the rabble. The excuses required will continue to diminish in necessary value until we get to the place where a fender-bender involving a black driver and a white driver is sufficient to ignite an event to draw the antagonists and the protagonists together to break things and disrupt our lives.
We saw the ‘less than full force of the law’ in Charlottesville and we saw the consequences of that lack of total force being used to quell the situation. That was a bit different from what we witnessed in Ferguson, but the end result was quite similar. Rioting, fires, thrown objects and general mayhem seem the theme of both.
Now, we have the stampede of officials to take down whatever is deemed to possibly be offensive to some who might resort to violence. The idea that this action will serve to dissuade the rioters from their rioting is simply folly. This will be the rear mirror event but it will still be the rallying event.
Patrick Buchanan, in a recent column, wrote: “Where does this all end?” And then he opined “It doesn’t”. Buchanan foresees this continuing until “America’s histories and biographies are burned and new texts written to nazify Lee, Jackson, Davis and all the rest and “until a newly indoctrinated generation of Americans accede to this demand to tear down and destroy what their fathers cherished”. He continues with the line of thought that this will continue until all the founding fathers will have been made into “White supremacists” and history will have been rewritten.
As each new occurrence of this nature has been created by those who live for that, we will find ourselves being pinched into tighter and tighter bounds until someone finally succumbs to the public pressures and the outcry that follows, and we find we are in the minority. Where will the ‘movement’ stop if those of us who opposed are rendered voiceless by our own actions or lack of actions?
Unless and until public officials and the leaders of our institutions of higher learning and our political leaders come to understand the gravity of each of these occurrences in terms of the totality being created a piece at a time, these occurrences will continue and the violence and destruction will increase each time there is another outburst.
No matter the name we choose to use to describe the people who/the movement which are/is at work to destroy our country as we know it today, this is very real and will only continue to escalate until it is stopped dead in its tracks. Might sound harsh, but it is true.