Monday, November 14, 2016
Beware the Mischief of Faction: The Tyranny of the Minority
Hard to believe that this is America, except that rioting as a form of political expression is hardly something new. Discounting blacks rioting over slights, real or imagined, that is in reality simply economic opportunism- rioting goes back to the dawn of America. The protests themselves aren't as troubling as the reason- a presidential election outcome. The protests are over the will of the majority of voters, something that is accepted whether we like the outcome or not. Somebody has to win, somebody has to lose. The reason that we have an Electoral College is to prevent exactly what is happening- mob rule.
The Framers, Alexis De Tocqueville and others have written extensively on the "Tyranny of the Majority." What about the tyranny of the minority, or more specifically, minorities? The Civil Rights movement of the 60's gave rise to the Women's movement, the Gay Rights movement and others in a cabal of left-wing fanaticism. Operating on the squeaky wheel gets the grease principle, this consortium has whined it's way into political prominence. Don't get me wrong- I'm not saying that the Civil Rights movement wasn't in response to legitimate issues, but after racism was all but eradicated, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and other race hustlers found that there was big money in continuing the "fight."
Also joining the fight is the news media who, in the age of instantaneous dissemination of information, needs something to keep the airwaves full- the more sensational and outrageous the better. After all, there's nothing sensational, or mildly interesting for that matter, in viewing the mundanities of everyday life. We have an alliance of low-information blacks, liberal women (and their beta-male counterparts) gays and brainwashed college students attempting to achieve political hegemony through protests, rioting and circulating petitions designed to overturn the election results by urging the Electoral College to ignore the will of the electorate and elect Clinton. Because they didn't get their way, they want to scrap an institution that has existed and functioned well for nearly 250 years. All spurred on by the MSM.
It's minoritarianism at it's worst...an oligarchy of fanaticism. The lunatics are attempting to take over the asylum- by any and all means necessary. The media is behaving in the most irresponsible manner imaginable. One journalist from the British paper The Guardian has called for the outright assassination of President-elect Trump. She also freelances to the New Yorker and several other American publications, making this not only irresponsible, but dangerous as well. What is really at issue here is who gets to rule. Do we preserve a system that has served us well, or do we give the squeaky wheel the grease and accede to the whiners? If it should turn out to be the latter, our Republic is finished. When the will of the people is usurped by those who contribute nothing to the experiment we call Democracy, the losers have won and the asylum is theirs!