Arguing for Our Own Enslavement: How America is Being Destroyed in the Name of Social Justice
As Jonah Goldberg deftly points out in his Prager University course titled "What is Social Justice?” if you ask ten liberals to give a definition of "social justice," you will get ten different answers, ranging across the spectrum from income inequality and universal healthcare to gay rights and racial inequality. “Social justice” has become a catch-all term, which the Left’s battalions roll out and waive on battle flags as they continue to wage their all-out assault on the American Experiment. While there is always a new cause de jour with social justice movements, the proposed solutions are always the same: consolidated federal government control over individuals and states, and, as Goldberg brilliantly argues, wealth redistribution. From the race hustlers like Al Sharpton rushing to politicize every instance of a police officer killing a black suspect with cries of "The federal government must step in!" (and seize power to institute unconstitutional laws from local law enforcement) to Big Labor mouthpieces stumping for a "living wage" (because union contract rates are tied to the minimum wage, of course), social justice crusaders have really one aim in mind: empowering the federal government to create the utopia they desire, undoing the "old" constitutional, limited government, representative republican order.
In Change to Chains, William J. Federer writes about how in the cycle of the history of nations, power tends to concentrate in the hands of a few, with a few rare exceptions (of which, of course, America has been the most successful). Internal civil disorders, external threats, and loss of public virtue are reasons that lead to power concentration and re-concentration. In other words, create powerful causes that scream for a cure and a dictator will ride in on a white horse and solve the issue(s) on behalf of the disenfranchised. The Russian Revolution (Lenin), French Revolution (Napoleon), and Cuban Revolution (Castro) are classic examples. Concentrated power doesn’t always have to be in the form of a monarch or dictator, obviously. You can easily also have what Thomas Jefferson called an elective despotism, where the people basically vote for their rulers. This occurs when power is concentrated. In Notes on the State of Virginia, Jefferson wrote: “An elective despotism was not the government we fought for; but one which should not only be founded on free principles, but in which the powers of government should be so divided and balanced among several bodies of magistracy, as that no one could transcend their legal limits, without being effectually checked and restrained by the others.” Federer notes, “America’s founders separated the power of a king into three branches, then separated it again into Federal and State levels, then tied up this new Federal Frankenstein with ten handcuffs, the first Ten Amendments, resulting in an unprecedented explosion of individual freedom, opportunity, motivation, and prosperity.”[i] The social justice champions want to uncuff the Federal Frankenstein and release it on American society in the name of their cause.
The cries for social justice in America are merely the outworking of the natural historical tendency to concentrate power; internal civil disorders must be remedied! Who shall accomplish this great task on behalf of _____? Well, mother government shall, of course, all that’s needed from us subjects is the small fee of our liberty and property and it will be accomplished. Our founders knew of this threat well and forewarned their posterity of power hungry political figures using causes that call for “change” to squelch the liberty they fought so dearly for and sought to bestow on future generations of Americans. In George Washington’s farewell address, he said, “But let there be no change by usurpation; for though this, in one instance, may be the instrument of good, it is the customary weapon by which free governments are destroyed.” Speaking of the tendency to forfeit liberty to centralized power in times of trial, peril, or unrest, Ben Franklin famously said, “Those who would sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither.” Juxtapose the statements of our great American forefathers with those of Joseph Stalin and former Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel: “Crisis alone permitted the authorities to demand – and obtain – total submission and all necessary sacrifices from its citizens.” (Stalin) “Never let a serious crisis go to waste” (Emanuel). The distinction between those who are genuine proponents of liberty, who honor and respect the individual as having God-given unalienable rights, and those who are cowardly tyrants who seek power through systematic manipulation of “the masses” couldn’t be clearer.
Of course, the devil doesn’t show up with a pitchfork and introduce himself as Satan. Scripture calls him “the Deceiver” for good reason. He’s much more likely to appear as a bold warrior fighting for social justice on behalf of the disenfranchised. He masquerades as an angel of light (2. Cor. 11:14). This is how most of the world’s dictators gained their power, convincing would-be subjects to give them their allegiance and liberty in exchange for all the rights, goods, and services currently being denied them by the current system. Of course, this is a strategy straight from the Communist Manifesto. Infamous anti-American force during the middle of the past century Saul Alinsky, who learned his political tactics from Frank Nitti of the Capone syndicate in Chicago, composed a Bible for leftists full of tricks on how to disorganize American society for “change,” titled Rules for Radicals. Incidentally, the book is dedicated to “Lucifer, the first rebel.” Obama is a known follower. Hillary Clinton is even more devout; she wrote her thesis paper on Alinsky.
Human beings are imperfect and therefore, any society composed of human beings will have flaws. The easiest thing to do for those who wish to obtain power is to exacerbate those flaws and offer the utopian solution in exchange for mere devotion. America is, of course, an imperfect society and always has been. However, it has been the greatest beacon of individual liberty, freedom and opportunity the world has ever seen. It is now, because of the astounding, systematic success of the Left (coupled with the ineffectiveness and apathy of those who appreciate America as she was founded to be), on the verge of complete, tragic, fundamental transformation from a constitutional representative republic to an administrative, Fabian-socialist despotism. As Abraham Lincoln prophetically observed, if a movement were to take America down, it would have to come from within. Well, it’s here. Having emerged from the underbelly of our society, waving the myriad banners that call for the federal leviathan to save us all from our social ills in the name of social justice, the legions of tyranny have risen. Think not? One unelected Ivy-School lawyer just decided for a nation of over 300 million what the definition of marriage will be in all fifty states and one rabble-rousing President from the school of Alinsky just unilaterally changed our national policy toward two tyrannical, maniacal nations (Cuba and Iran). And it’s going to be terribly difficult to undo the damage (which in the instance of Iran, looks like the beginning of World War III). All in the name of social justice, no doubt; all on behalf of “the people.”
Notice the cause of the genuine disenfranchised, helpless, innocent sufferers in our midst; the unborn babies of America, of whom sixty-million have been ruthlessly slaughtered, butchered, dissected like frogs and parts-sold for dystopian medical experiments, are never the subject for the social justice crusaders. Looking for the real social justice movement in America? It’s the Pro-Life movement. Want to identify the phony social justice causes? It’s simple. If the proposed solution is sacrificing liberty or property to the federal government it’s what Federer aptly calls “Change to Chains.”
This is a call to all who love liberty, to very red-blooded patriot who appreciates the uniqueness of the American experiment. We must recognize and fight the devil in the red dress with the “social justice” sash slung across the shoulder. President Ronald Reagan passionately warns us, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. It must be fought for, protected, and passed on for the next generation to do the same. Or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States when men were free.”
They’re coming for our right to free speech / The Statist Agenda, trying to censor the sermons we preach / They’re trying to take our weapons for obvious motives / They want to disarm the people so they can control us / Where real power in government lies is oppression / Said James Madison, in a letter to Jefferson / We have a lawless Congress, Supreme Court and President / For a free people these leaders are an embarrassment. – From v. 2 of We Will Not Comply
[i] William J. Federer, Change to Chains, St. Louis, MO: Amerisearch, 2011, 12.