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 root problem is not the guns–or knives, explosives, or motor vehicles–used by the amoral perpetrators of such atrocities.
The root cause is to be found elsewhere. In my opinion, it’s that too many members of my baby-boomer generation 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 outsourced this vital duty to pontificating, self-serving professional politicians, politicized judges, unaccountable bureaucrats, and drug-dispensing charlatans posing as mental health experts.
These so-called public servants responded by planting the weeds of ingratitude, dependence and resentment throughout our nation’s fruited plains. It matters not whether they acted out of malice, greed or simple incompetence. All that matters is they have produced a harvest of personal, familial and societal dysfunction in America.
This toxic harvest is the result of the 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. We must also drive the government back inside the confining cage constructed for it by the Framers of the Constitution. Because of their addiction to power and their love of controlling the lives of others, the government’s innumerable 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).