Long Term, How Do We Live With the Sorts of People Smearing Covington Catholic Teen Nick Sandmann?
"I ask you to judge me by the standard that you would want applied to your father, your husband, your brother or your son." -- Brett Kavanaugh
“Let justice be done though the heavens should fall.” – John Adams
“A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but when once they lose their virtue then will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader.” — Samuel Adams
Politics ain’t pattycake and expecting someone to love and adore people on the other side of the aisle who disagree with him on fundamental issues is probably a bridge too far.
Still, every American has a right to expect equal treatment under the law and from government agencies. There’s also a fundamental American belief in fair play. That means whatever rules we come up with get applied to everyone equally. It means that right is right even if you don’t agree with the person who benefits from that. It means that it is immoral to lie about someone even if you disagree with him. It means that at the end of the day, we put the good of the country ahead of our own petty political disagreements.
Those are the sorts of foundational customs and mores that allow people with wildly divergent viewpoints to live together in a functional society. The very fact that the Left has rapidly moved away from those principles is why our society has become increasingly dysfunctional. This is a tendency liberals have not just here, but everywhere. As Margaret Thatcher said,
Left-wing zealots have often been prepared to ride roughshod over due process and basic considerations of fairness when they think they can get away with it. For them the ends always seems to justify the means. That is precisely how their predecessors came to create the gulag.
Conservatives have long since tired of being smeared in the very schools where they send their kids to be educated, in mainstream media outlets that have become little more than open propaganda outlets for the Democratic Party, and by vacuous celebrities and professional athletes who know about as much about constitutional governance as they do about quantum physics. We have noted with dismay that it has become mainstream on the Left to vilify conservatives merely for our being white, male, or Christian. It became even more dismaying to see Obama’s IRS targeting Tea Party groups and Obama’s FBI showing political partisanship in 2016 because if those two DANGEROUS government agencies can’t be trusted to be evenhanded, then it is a long-term threat to the stability of our republic.