…Or how the West slits its own throat
By Joe Herring
The deal was, we the citizens, agree not to kill each other over disputes or just for fun, and in return the government agrees to enforce the law equitably and promptly. A reciprocal arrangement that has enabled the freakish success of Western civilization.
In essence, we grant the government a monopoly on the use of force for all circumstances aside from self-defense. But what happens when one side or the other fails to uphold their part of the bargain?
Well, if it is the citizen who violates the rule, he is subjected to the full power and force of the government until he complies.
If it is the government that fails, the citizens determine if it is simply bad policy, or a deliberate abuse of power. If the former, then reforms are adopted to rectify the mistake. If the latter, then heads must roll (figuratively speaking!) and the violators are replaced and punished.
But what do we do when the latter scenario becomes the norm, not the exception? When the abuse of power is standard operating procedure, not a rare and aberrant circumstance?
The same remedy applies, but when it must occur on such a massive scale as would be necessary to cleanse the government of today, we have a different name for it – we call it a revolution.
No, I’m not calling for the violent overthrow of our government, so put down your phone. You don’t know the number to the FBI anyway.
I’m simply pointing out the scale of the task before us, as we attempt to retain the republic that Benjamin Franklin warned us would be so difficult to keep.
So, aside from the typical corruption born of greed and lust for power, what threats to the social contract stand out from the crowd? I would say that misguided “equivalence theory” represents the most dangerous threat to liberal democratic society since the “targeting” rule in NCAA football.
Ok, I’m joking about the “targeting” rule. It’s bad, but only in an annoying way, not like “equivalence theory” which is bad in a “we-won’t-survive-it” sort of way.
Equivalence theory holds that all cultures, all societies, all ethics, religions, norms and mores are equally valid.
For those who can name the cast of “Dancing with the Stars,” but not their Congressman or Senator, you can distill Equivalence theory down to a single phrase – “who am I to judge?”
Equivalence theory has bastard children as well, demon-spawn with names like “multiculturalism” and “political correctness,” both of which have progeny of their own, such as “victimhood” and “race-baiting.”
The number of offspring is nearly limitless now, after several decades of rabbit-like reproduction in the bordellos of academia. Where you find a trumped-up grievance (or even a legitimate one that has been dramatically overblown) you will find at its root an equivalence argument that precludes rational discussion.
Equivalence theory is the mental perversion that permits otherwise sane people to accept insanity, as long as someone, somewhere can say that this particular insanity will redress a grievance, no matter how old, no matter how slight.
It is also how the government has managed to turn the social contract on its head. As you recall, we citizens agreed not to kill each other in return for the government defending us individually against attacks, whether those be physical, or criminal.
However, equivalence theory places certain aggrieved groups above the law, allowing them to behave in a lawless fashion with virtual impunity. Worse yet, if the citizen attempts to interdict this behavior themselves, they are set upon by the government with a zeal reserved only for the most despicable of miscreants.
It’s a simple thing really. People have made foolish self-serving arguments from the dawn of time, however in most societies, these arguments were met with the laughter and derision they deserved.
Eventually though, politicians of the left realized that championing the aims of the fundamentally foolish was an easy ticket to electoral success, and identity-politics was born.
Rather than strangling this perversion in the crib, spineless opposition gave in to nearly every demand in order to keep from being labeled as “racist, sexist, homophobic,” etc. You know the drill.
Now we watch as criminals break into homes, are shot by the homeowner, and the homeowner is led away in cuffs. If he is lucky enough to avoid criminal prosecution, he still faces the specter of a civil suit for depriving the deceased criminal of his right to the homeowner’s stuff.
As I said, equivalence theory makes the ridiculous commonplace and the obscene mundane.
So how does it kill? The modern expression of base evil can be found in the perverted ethos known as Islamism. ISIS is merely the most honest expression of this stunted, flea-bitten ideology.
Throughout Europe, Muslims have declared neighborhoods, and in some cases entire cities to be autonomous Islamic enclaves, not subject to the laws of the host nation.
In Malmo Sweden, the entire city is no longer under the control of Swedish authorities. Sharia law, applied by Islamic courts is enforced against Muslim and Swede alike.
More than twelve cities in England have “no-go” areas, where even the police will not enter without a militarized presence. Crimes are committed regularly, but not reported to British authorities because the local Sharia court metes out justice.
Worse still, even cases of known child abuse and sexual exploitation are ignored by British authorities, dismissed as “cultural” issues. In one most recent case, police in Rotherham, England arrested the parents of underage British girls when the parents attempted to rescue their own children from the houses of Muslim pimps who had forced their children into prostitution.
Heinous crimes are ignored by those charged with the enforcement of the law, all to avoid possible rioting and “cultural unrest,” by the Muslim perpetrators.
(Before you congratulate yourself on being “above-all-that” here in America, recall the supine behavior on the part of law enforcement that occurred while “aggrieved justice-seekers” helped themselves to televisions, cellphones and booze in Ferguson, Missouri. Nothing says PROTEST like a new pair of free Air Jordan’s!)
Now, back to Great Britain. Multiple attempts were made by honest social services workers to bring this illegal behavior to the attention of their supervisors, but in at least one case, the whistleblower was told to ignore it, and was sent to mandatory sensitivity training for having the temerity to mention it in the first place.
At last count, more than 1400 underage British girls were raped, beaten and forced to turn tricks by a cadre of Muslim men, operating largely in the open, protected by government-sanctioned blindness, all in the name of multiculturalism.
But hey, “who are we to judge?”
Jesus told the religious leaders of His day that they looked to the Scriptures to obtain eternal life but He said that the Scriptures told about Him. This was very controversial to say the least and only added fuel to the fire of their disdain for Him. But let us look over the Scriptures (the Old Testament) to see if what Jesus said was true. Disclaimer alert: This is not exhaustive but an article to whet the appetite for further honest personal study.
The first book of the Bible, Genesis, tells us, “Let us make man in our image.” This is an insight to the nation Israel and to followers of Jesus today that God is mind-blowing to the human mind and senses. The word for God in the first chapter of Genesis is Elohim and it seems a strange grammatical configuration. The word “El” for God is singular and the second part of the word as we read it “ohim” is plural. Most likely the reason for this is to tell in words of God’s majesty over all things, but also it gives us insight to the unsearchable riches of who God is and His grace. This majestic God is not alone but is singular – there is the idea of a Godhead or as Tertullian first put it a Triune God or Trinity. This does raise eyebrows and the ire of many around the world as it did the religious elite of Jesus’ day.
A brief word about the use of the word Trinity and a short definition is appropriate at this point. Philip Schaff, a church historian of yesteryear, explains Trinity as one indivisible “essence” of God in three persons. This truth is supported by both Catholic and Protestant theologians.
We begin to see glimpses of this in the Creation story and after the fall of Adam and Eve. In Genesis 1:2 we read: “The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” And immediately after this statement Creation happened.
In Genesis 3:15 we read: “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.” The word for “offspring” here is in the singular or pointing to a single person in the future and that person is Jesus Christ. This is fulfilled in the New Testament in the gospel of John 1:14 when Jesus became flesh. And in the New Testament accounts of Jesus’ life in the gospels we see Jesus first defeat Satan in the wilderness after fasting for 40 days and nights and then ultimately when He rose from the dead after being in the tomb over three days.
However one of the strongest verses for the deity of Jesus or Jesus being God is found is the prophet Isaiah 7:14: “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call His name Immanuel.” The last word in the verse is very telling for the word means “God with us.” So God will become one with flesh and blood just as we have. This was something earth shaking to the reader of that day and the Jewish nation was constantly looking for the Messiah or Anointed One to come and there was much anticipation which tribe and family He would come through.
Another powerful verse in the prophet Isaiah that seems to point to a Trinity and that Jesus was indeed God is Isaiah 48:16. “Draw near to Me, here this: from the beginning I have not spoken in secret, from the time it came to be I have been there.” And now the Lord God has sent Me, and His Spirit.” God has sent His Son and His Spirit who are of one essence with Himself to come into our world not only to deliver the Jewish nation, but also those who believe in the Messiah.
And probably the most powerful indicator that Jesus is God can be found in Isaiah 9:6. “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” The child to be born will be “Mighty God” and “Everlasting Father!” What more could this be to say that Jesus Christ is indeed God in the flesh. To fully comprehend this is a mystery but it is from the wonderful eternal plan of God.
So as the New Testament opens with the gospel of Matthew we are struck immediately by the fulfillment of these wonderful prophecies that were told to the human race 700 years before they happened. Only God could have done this and then take on the form of a man in the person of Jesus Christ.
One last point and that is Jesus called Himself the great I Am. In John 8:58 as He was conversing (to put it nicely) with the Pharisees, Jesus said that before Abraham was “I Am.” This puts us back in the Old Testament and the time of Moses and the giving of the Ten Commandments. Moses asked God if people would ask him who sent him what was he to tell them. God told Moses to tell them “I Am who I Am.” Jesus equated Himself to the Great I Am of the time of Moses.
To conclude, the writer of the book of Hebrews very clearly lets his readers know who Jesus is. “Long ago, at many times and many ways, God spoke to our father by the prophets, but in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son, whom He appointed the heir of all things, through whom also He created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of His nature, and He upholds the universe by the word of His power. After making purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.” (Hebrews 1:1-3). In short Jesus is indeed God in the flesh.