As readers of this Blog should well know by now, when law, reason and revelation are abandoned, there is no god or rule but power, and might becomes right. The largest armies, the most votes, the most bombastic violent dictator, the government most willing to silence, imprison and finally kill it's opposition. Such becomes "the good".
In the past two days we have a crystal clear example that would be completely obvious to a people versed in "self governing". The fact that the discussion we see happening, IS happening makes it clear we are not that self governing people. Again, if you read this blog, that is no surprise to you and you have known it for a long time.
To state the obvious:
Exhibit A: Sunday Night, The President goes on national TV and says; "That is insane. If you’re too dangerous to board a plane, you’re too dangerous, by definition, to buy a gun." The "No Fly" list is a semi-secret list with no Due Process to get on it. To take away an enumerated Constitutional Right without Due Process as been declared unconstitutional over and over as I covered in detail here.
Exhibit B: Last night, Trump calls for "a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering our country until our officials can figure out what is going on". The media and many that should know better go berserk saying this is "clearly unconstitutional"? Really? We have restricted immigration over our history on the basis of damned near anything you can think of -- country of origin, mental health, criminal record, skills, age, disease, etc, etc.
The Constitution (the one we no longer follow) was for AMERICANS, not "the world"!! (note, I disagree with Trump's position, but it is NOT obviously unconstitutional like BOs)
When the rule of law is removed (and even knowledge of the law), removal of consistency is absolutely required (consistency relative to ??), which in turn makes reasoning and peaceful negotiation impossible, since THERE ARE NO RULES! This illustrated extremely well by this movie clip:
I have always assumed that our destruction would just continue the long slow slide to being a single party socialist dystopia like the old USSR, China, Cuba, Venezuela, etc with a media yammering about "what a paradise it is" while most waited in line for toilet paper. Those of us who foolishly spoke out remembering what once was, died slowly in Gulags or rapidly by the "Stazi", while the youth, brainwashed in the horrors of "nasty old America" prior to our "enlightenment" approved our demise.
But Trump shows us another face of lawlessness -- the kind our founders dealt with in the King, and the kind that arose in Germany. The CORE of conservatism is the recognition that man is NOT the "measure of all things", and that ALL human nature is both flawed and fixed -- it can be directed, cajoled, influenced, dominated, manipulated, etc, but it remains.
Humans like "royalty, wealth, athletes, movie stars, big tele-evangelists, demagogues, etc" ... we don't all react the same to each one, but on the mass scale, we DO have an innate "urge to be led", urge to look up to SOMEBODY -- like testosterone, it isn't really bad or good, it just **IS**. It is BOTH a strength and a weakness like all our humanness.
So, once you throw out the rules, and people no longer even know what the rules once were, they start "seeking" -- "safety in numbers" is the Democrat way, buy all the votes, dumb down the masses, promise them what they want, and EVENTUALLY all the power is theirs! (and power is ALL without law)
Another way is the Trump way -- to hell with "Political Parties", to hell with anything but POWER! Sure, make use the hulk of a minority party out of any real power for a full decade as a vehicle, but make it clear, THERE ARE NO LONGER ANY RULES AND I AM PROOF!
Side Note ... [The "nice" thing about lawless chaos is that there are MANY ways it can go -- the bad thing is that like all disordered system, the VAST bulk of those ways are BAD -- yet another way than the Trump or BO way would be a "return to revelation, law, reason and consistency", but that is REALLY unlikely right now!]
Once the mass of the people no longer care or even know about laws, reason, consistency, truth, morality, etc, as has happened here, things go "chaotic", or if you prefer "insane", but in any case "Beyond Reason" (Nietzsche) What piece of vacuous fallacious rhetoric conjured for the purposes of today will win out with the ever flowing emotional tide of the shallow and fickle masses? Nobody knows -- the center has been removed. THERE IS NO LAW! LONG LIVE THE PEOPLE!
"Give us Bread and Circuses!", "Give us Barabbas!", "Sig Heil!", "Hope and Change!" ... "Make America Great Again ??"