Consequently, when we read the news or listen to the news, the discussion is seldom about the merits of a policy, but instead centers on the intent of and inadequacies of the individual or group presenting the policy. Double standards abound. Irrationality is the norm. A political victory is the goal while the good of the country, state, county, community, or school district becomes a distant concern. A free nation cannot survive this behavior. A totalitarian state thrives on it because the totalitarian state dictates the winner.
In a totalitarian state speech and thought are controlled and limited to the wishes of the state and controlled and enforced by force. A free society, on the other hand, can only exist when free speech and free thought are protected and encouraged. The tolerance of listening to and yes, encouraging others to freely engage in civilized discourse, become difficult because I must respect and protect your freedom to express your differences even though I do not agree with them.
This was the essence of why the United States was conceived and why she became such a great nation. In the United States, sovereignty was to reside with the people and not with the state, as was the norm for that time. The only way the United States would continue to be a unique state and a great nation would be if the citizens, or the sovereign, continued to understand that the freedom of speech and thought by all must be respected and protected.
This is no longer the situation in our country. Different elements of our citizenry have taken it upon themselves to dictate speech and thought. Ironically these elements claim to be protecting freedom, but in reality, they are promoting totalitarianism. They are promoting the very essence of what a totalitarian state is. The leaders of this movement understand the outcome and that outcome is their desire. Most of the participants do not understand what they are doing and these are what Alinsky called “useful idiots.”
James Monroe explained this to us 200 years ago.
“It is only when the people become ignorant and corrupt, when they degenerate into a populace, that they are incapable of exercising the sovereignty. Usurpation is then an easy attainment, and an usurper soon found. The people themselves become the willing instruments of their own debasement and ruin. Let us, then, look to the great cause, and endeavor to preserve it in full force. Let us by all wise and constitutional measures promote intelligence among the people as the best means of preserving our liberties.”
~Founding Father James Monroe, First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1817
It is interesting that so much of this current movement is taking place in universities and high schools; the places where people are supposed to be educated. Over the past 100 years our universities and high schools have been transformed from places where people are educated to places where they are indoctrinated. Education teaches people to think while indoctrination enforces that there is only one way to think and any disagreement is not to be tolerated.
“It's an universal law-- intolerance is the first sign of an inadequate education. An ill-educated person behaves with arrogant impatience, whereas truly profound education breeds humility.”
― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
This intolerance for free speech and free thought has expanded beyond our universities and high schools of higher indoctrination to our society which includes our government, both the elected and the appointed elements of our government. We are interested in stunting intellect as opposed to promoting healthy growth. When we learn, someone does not believe as we do, our reaction is to condemn and ridicule with personal assaults per Alinsky.
“Wide differences of opinion in matters of religious, political, and social belief must exist if conscience and intellect alike are not to be stunted, if there is to be room for healthy growth.”
― Theodore Roosevelt,
“If I do not believe as you believe, it proves that you do not believe as I believe, and that is all that it proves.”
― Thomas Paine
The natural human reaction by most people will be to say this is true of others but not me or those who believe as I believe. Reading papers, the internet, and listening to news and reports, it is this concerned Americans view that this intolerance to free speech and thought of others is not unique to one group. It is imperative, if we are to retain our freedom, that all Americans must understand the dangers of our actions. It is we Freedom Loving Americans that will have to step forward and lead the way. We Freedom Loving Americans must always remember the words of Sam Adams when he explained that a battle is not won by a majority, but by a minority of tireless individuals who are endlessly spreading brush fires of freedom. That should be the prominent goal of every Freedom Loving American along with recapturing our universities and high schools and transforming them back to systems of education.