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"Then the Lord said to Cain, 'Where is Abel your brother?' He said, 'I do not know, am I my brother's keeper?'" -- Genesis 4:9
The question is as old as the age of man. When confronted with a serious situation, are we responsible for people other than ourselves? Moral people reply that they are. Narcissistic people reply that they are not. People who combine Narcissism with Nihilism maintain that they are not, and never will care to be. The reality is that for any society to function, the laws and rules that govern that society must be moral and must be respected, and therefore we are absolutely responsible for people other than ourselves.
Few would disagree that parents are responsible for their children, and spouses are responsible for each other. Families bond together to take care of each other. Beyond this, our community devotion expands until there comes a point where patriotism invokes, and we find ourselves responsible for the welfare of our country.
Yet, so many in America today, primarily of the Democratic leftist streak, openly yearn for an economic recession as a last ditch effort to undermine the office of Donald Trump. They admit such an outcome would put millions of Americans out of work and harm these families, but frankly they value their power more than they value the needs of their nation. These people would rather rule over a failed nation than see someone else lead the nation to success.
When we see the homeless crises in Democratic dominated cities, we see elected leaders who took oaths to the public good put aside rational policies in favor of policies known to fail and cause human misery, but are deemed more likely to keep these same small group of elected officials in power. Encouraging millions of illegal aliens to flood the nation is motivated by an estimate that most of these illegals will see their children born into automatic American citizenship and vote Democrat in future elections. It is a crass method to replace voters disenchanted with failed Democratic policies with new voters dedicated to single-party line votes.
A narcissist loves himself and a nihilist hates other people and systems. A narcissistic nihilist loves only himself and hates everyone and everything else. Despotic tyrants are narcissistic nihilists, as they yearn to destroy everything that challenges them, and would be perfectly content to rule over a failed state so long as they could extract power and wealth from it. More and more the Democrat party appears like a collection of narcissistic nihilists, and their polices appear like unhinged efforts doomed to great failure.
It seems more clear than ever that even those uttering these policies know they would fail, but bank upon a fawning media to pander the message to a gullible electorate, conditioned to reject alternative ideas. These people prefer failure they lord over vice success that they cannot control.
There are Democrats who love their country more than they love power, but they do not appear much of an influence on their national party any longer. Many of these registered Democrats voted for Donald Trump in 2016, and the DNC has done nothing to give them a reason to avoid voting for Trump again in 2020. By putting selfish motivations ahead of good public policy, too many Republicans voted against repeal and reform of Obamacare, and therefore they earned the wrath of the voters in 2018.
So, the selfish streak isn't reserved for Democrats only. It's just more concentrated in that party.
Our natural rights are said to be bestowed upon us by God and therefore beyond the reach and influence of men to abridge. Our Declaration of Independence makes that philosophical point crystal clear, and our Constitution is the document that defines how our government must operate to remain in harmony with those moral principles and natural rights of man.
The leftists today wish to sell the idea that both the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were written by imperfect men, and therefore deserve no special loyalty. They miss the central point. Our preamble spells out the goal very clearly:
"We the People of the United State, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common Defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution of the United States of America."
It's a simple paragraph, and yet it is profound on many levels. Many fail to understand the context of the phrase, "in order to form a more perfect Union..." Arrogantly, they interpret it as oxymoronic, when in truth it is supremely humble. That phrase acknowledges that imperfect people can achieve a more perfect nature through virtuous consideration and intent. As individuals, the Founding Fathers need not have been any more or less flawed than any human, and by that truth, their individual imperfections form no rational basis to reject the better angels of their nature.
Secular humanists have a bitter problem facing them. In rejecting almighty God, they must resort to man as their ultimate enabler to perfection. Karl Marx's philosophy, like those of other collectivist government philosophers, all try to convey systems that can spring forth human perfection. Our Constitution does the opposite, as it recognizes that rights come from God and therefore humanity must remain subordinate and obedient to the natural rights of life, liberty, and the individual pursuit of happiness. In our system, individuals can be flawed, and yet our system still more perfect than our individual selves.
Humility is quintessential to virtue, as without it, arrogance breeds in people to make them feel morally superior to others. Such smugness is the surest path to ruin and misery. George Washington set a powerful example of humility by twice voluntarily walking away from great power offered to him. By doing this, particularly the second time after his second term as President expired, Washington set an expectation that our Republic was more important than any individual. Washington illustrated that no matter the person, he must feel himself subordinate to the overall good of society.
Any group of people who yearn for societal misery as an instrument to curry personal power are evil. They lack in the most fundamental moral requirements to be good leaders. These are the moral lessons the modern Democrat party appears to have rejected, and if they refuse to reaccept them, then they deserve to be defeated at the ballot box. Their power lust has already caused more than enough human misery, especially in areas of America they have come to dominate, and their examples of failure should compel all of us to relegate them to the dustbin of history.
-- Ken Stallings
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