Demoralization in America: The Separation of Means & Ends
The country is in moral crisis. The great majority of citizens appear to be aware of the dire situation, even if they do not recognize it in such terms. They may feel powerless to change the cultural decay or that they have no recourse but to pray for the fate of the country. But a fundamental understanding of the ideological and political sources of our nation’s demoralization would do much to empower a counter-movement dedicated to preserving American values and defeating their opponents.
A radical minority desires social breakdown as an opportunity to promote its leftward political agenda. It is hard for most Americans to contemplate why a sizable number of their fellow citizens would seek to purposefully throw the country into tumult. Many commonly give the left too much credit for noble intentions, such as aiding the poor, protecting the helpless, and defending supposed victims. There may be many people who vote Democrat who have such admirable aims, but they do not have a deep enough appreciation for the moral means of advancing these worthy goals.
One of the best ways to understand radical leftists is to know what they know and to read whom they admire. Two main sources that are easily readable are Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals, and just as tellingly, Reveille for Radicals. Both were influential in molding the thinking of the left’s top leadership; namely, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Alinsky took leftist activists to task for respecting moral means to attain moral ends, such as assisting the poor and helpless. But even more dangerously, Alinsky taught that power is an end in itself.
The separation of moral means and ends has been devastating for American life. Agitation, demoralization, and deception have all become legitimate means in the opinion of the left to promote the radical agenda. If that propels the nation into crisis, so be it. As Hillary Clinton put it in regards to the chimera of climate change, “Never waste a good crisis.” Rahm Emanuel, the former chief of staff for Obama and current Mayor of Chicago, once said, “You never let a serious crisis go to waste.” It is not a stretch to argue that such people desire a crisis to advance the leftist agenda, which in the minds of our present radicals requires statist means.
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