Clear thinking is a moral imperative. That was the belief of Blaise Pascal, the seventeenth century French mathematician, scientist, inventor and theologian. From Pascal’s perspective, the endless, reflexive repetition of tried-and-failed gun control measures in response to mass shootings can be seen as an immoral waste of time and effort.
The misguided focus upon these measures validates the classic definition of insanity as doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. It also comports with Ralph Waldo Emerson’s observation that thinking is the hardest thing in the world to do, which is why so few people do it.
During the past several decades, our nation has experienced a spate of mass killings from Columbine to Fort Hood to El Paso to Dayton (as well as in Chicago, Baltimore and L.A. on a daily basis). Anyone willing to pause, take a deep breath, and patiently ponder these events will eventually see that the problem is not the guns–or knives, explosives, or motor vehicles–used by the amoral perpetrators of such atrocities.
The source of the problem is to be found elsewhere. In my opinion, it’s that too many members of my generation of Baby Boomers failed to plant the seeds of gratitude, personal responsibility and respect for all human life in our children. To our shame, too many of us foolishly entrusted this vital duty to self-serving politicians, hyper-politicized judges, and unaccountable bureaucrats laboring in unconstitutional, federal regulatory agencies.
This cabal of cultural subversives subsequently betrayed our trust. They set about demolishing our nation’s foundational principles of personal responsibility and free will by promoting the fiction that our lives and actions are dictated entirely by our genes. They attacked core cultural traits by prohibiting voluntary prayer in K-12 public schools, by fabricating a constitutional right to abortion, and by removing God from the public square. Their efforts succeeded in cheapening the value of human life and fostering a culture of death in America.
In addition, they repeatedly stole powers nowhere granted them in the U.S. Constitution. They justified their lawlessness with the fantasy that the federal government would use its power to cure every personal and societal problem in America.
With the aid of drug-dispensing mental health experts and meddlesome social welfare workers, these outlaws perpetrated perhaps the greatest hoax in human history. They persuaded their gullible victims that frustration and disappointment are not inherent to the human condition. They did so by concocting an alternate, fake reality in which perfect soulmates, dream jobs and eternal youth were available to everyone.
These dangerously-infantile fantasies proved particularly appealing to a generation conditioned to believe in the superiority of feelings over reasoned thought. This trait enabled them to overlook the fact that even the most well-intentioned and carefully-planned social-engineering schemes administered by government invariably produced undeniably negative results.
Seeds of ingratitude, dependence and resentment soon sprouted in our nation’s youth. In time, these seeds produced a bumper crop of broken marriages, broken families and broken hearts. As a result of this toxic harvest, America now finds itself in the throes of a prolonged, spiritual famine.
The famine’s root cause is the chronic politicization of our families, churches, K-12 schools, universities, and other life-sustaining organs of our cultural immune system. The good news is these essential organs have not shut down entirely. At least not yet.
If our nation is ever again to reap a harvest of domestic tranquility and the blessings of liberty, Americans must drive the purveyors of political poison from our homes, houses of worship, and centers of learning. These personal sanctuaries must forever after be deemed off-limits to the federal government and its agents.
More than this is required of us, however. If we are to recover from the dysfunction in our personal lives, our families, and our communities, we must drive the government back inside the confining cage constructed for it by the Framers of the Constitution. Because of their addiction to power and love of controlling the lives of others, its agents won’t leave of their own volition. Of that we can be certain.
Removing them will require a non-partisan, grassroots movement of law-abiding and liberty-loving Americans to engage in acts of non-violent civil disobedience–both small and large, symbolic and substantive. Every such act represents a grain of sand thrown into the gears of the finely-tuned, liberty-destroying machine which our government has become. In time these grains will assuredly disable the machine.
We must then stand perpetual guard to ensure that our government never again escapes from its confinement. It must never again be allowed to breach the wall of separation between the constitutionally-limited places where Uncle Sam can legitimately command our consent and the spacious, private places where we the people are free to pursue our own happiness and worship our Creator without interference from the idolatrous apostles of the religion of Ever Bigger Government (ref. http://www.newguardsforliberty.com).