When a society rejects common sense, natural law, right reason, and Scripture — taking those worthy authorities in alphabetical order — that society has no way of resolving the internal contradictions that will inevitably arise, and no way of fighting off external assaults, however absurd.
The good news is found in Herbert Stein’s law, which is that “If something cannot go on forever, it will stop.” But there are times when the good news aspect is hard to comprehend because of the size of the smoking crater made by the thing that just “stopped.”
In our day, the rejection of an objective and external authority is the result of coupling ardent relativism with an equally ardent emotional commitment to “equality.”
So let us see where these tensions have landed us. In the wake of the mass shooting in San Bernardino, the president has called for a ban on purchasing guns for people who are on “no fly” lists. At the same time, it turns out that 72 people who are on terror watch lists are actually employed by the Department of Homeland Security. The Director of Being Asleep at the Switch would now appear to be a cabinet level position. And in the aftermath of the shooting, perpetrated by radical Islamists, the Attorney General gave notice that she would “take action” against anybody who was guilty of “anti-Muslim rhetoric.” It is one problem to lock the barn door after the horse is out, but it goes to higher levels when you lock the door of the wrong barn, three counties over. And then some Republicans running for president still emphasize our need to protect national security through data collection, while gross abusers of the rights of citizens in the federal government are walking around free. I don’t want these Republicans to assure us how trustworthy they would be with sensitive data. I want them to have to assure me how trustworthy Hillary Clinton would be with it. And then, to fill out the week, the Pentagon announced that all combat roles are now open to the women — which means there is no possible way that future conscription will not include women. A nation that defends itself by putting women in combat roles in this way is a nation that is not worthy of being defended. Welcome to the madhouse.
Going back to guns, there is one bright spot — because it indicates faith in the grand federal idol is starting to teeter. This bright spot is that the more politicians talk about gun control, the more Americans stock up.
I said above that we had an emotional commitment to equality. This is the driving force behind many (if not all) of the absurdities. Few things have been as demonized as “discrimination,” and the reason we can’t look for evil-doers in the obvious places is because this would make us guilty of “profiling.” But if we need to have a TSA at all, which we don’t, they ought to be posting signs that say something like: “Because of heightened security risks, people with a swarthy complexion, a Middle Eastern look, or with names like Abdul, will receive extra scrutiny. We apologize for any inconvenience.” But rather than do such a thing, we run millions of people through our security theater apparatus, patting down eighty-year-old Swedish grandmas. And thus we pay tribute to the great god equality.
A guy is walking to his car when he notices a drunk guy crawling around in the parking lot looking for something. “What are you looking for?” he asks. “My car keys,” the drunk says. The guy joins in the hunt, hoping for a chance to confiscate the car keys if he finds them first. After about ten minutes, with no luck, he asks the drunk if he was sure he dropped them here. “No, no,” came the reply. “It was over there, near the bar.” “Why are you looking here then?” came the exasperated question. “Oh, because the light’s better here.”
The joke is funny, but just barely, because we are a civilized nation of 300 million people doing exactly the same thing. We are looking for our answers in places where it would be most convenient to find them, and not in the places where they are most likely to be. It would be emotionally inconvenient for liberal stereotypes to turn out to be false.
Aaron Wolf put it this way:
POTUS: Terrorists are a tiny fraction of Muslims. Embrace Muslims. They are law-abiding Americans. [There are 5 to 8 million Muslims in the United States.]
Aaron Wolf: Whackjob Killers are a tiny fraction of AR-15 owners. Embrace AR-15 owners. They are law-abiding Americans. [There are between 8 and 9 million AR-15s in the United States.]
“Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad,” is spoken by Longfellow’s Prometheus, and it seems that Prometheus knew his gods, not to mention his onions. Equality is a cheat, just like the rest of them.
Now that ISIS has opened up its campaign against North American soft targets — and just how many soft targets are there in North America? — we need to see this for what it is. This is an assault, not on those soft targets, but on the god who is supposed to be protecting them. And the more that god fails to protect, the more our egalitarians will dance around the altar, cutting themselves with knives.
Allah is a false god, but he is a hard one. The gods of the West are just as false, and soft. In the realm of the gods, hard cuts through soft, just as in nature. The jihadists are flint-hearted, while the solons of the West are as fine a collection of butterhearts as you might find anywhere.
Faced with this scenario, the residents of the West have three options. We can retain our commitment to our soft gods, in which case we will go down like grass before the scythe. We can turn to a different kind of idol, hard Western idols, and then there will be a real war. I don’t know enough about French politics to say, but we might be seeing the beginning of this in the rapid rise of Le Pen.
The last option is to come to Jesus Christ, confess our sins, repenting of them, and to return, with chastened gladness, to common sense, natural law, right reason, and Scripture.