Freedom Glow and the Silly Season

Do you remember Captain Hook poisoning Peter Pan’s buddy Tinkerbelle?

Tinkerbelle Public Domain)
Tinkerbelle
(Public Domain)

Probably not, but most of us who watched J.M. Barrie’s “Peter Pan” on stage or saw the Disney movie as children remember saving her life by clapping wildly and shouting “I believe in fairies.” Well, here we are in the Neverland of elections, the renewal process of the republic that is the United States of America. We probably can’t save the Republic by clapping our hands and believing in fairies.

The din of the candidates and their pundits consumes so much space, there is barely room for a wavicle of light to penetrate the gloom. The theme this cycle, for example, is ‘social justice’, which appears to mean just about anything but freedom. Who among us is not hearing the warning sounds from within? In a letter dated February 22, 2016, Atlas Network CEO, Brad Lips wrote:

“…And, being so deeply compassionate as they so loudly proclaim—their concern for justice really knows no limit.

They want to “fight for children” (who’s fighting against children?), protect the environment, they want to be concerned about (but not actually eliminate) poverty, they want racial justice, they want to raise the minimum wage, they want “free” college and health care, they want endless social welfare programs, they want to take wealth from its producers and hand it to their electoral supporters in the name of social equality, they want to regulate the water and the air and the land and the food, obesity, transfats, and the Internet, and they will even stoop to intervene in hair braiding and the size of the soda you can drink.

These politicians and their supporters claim their concern and intent is “social justice,” but the means they employ is the very definition of the socially unjust—using government to bend the personal behaviors of everyone to their will.”

In the midst of the insanity, take a few minutes to restore freedom’s glow to your soul by reading Aaron Ross Powell’s latest column, “The Inhumanity of Politics.” You already know what he’s saying, but it is ever so nice a reminder that man has a nobler side.

“Politics encourages us to dehumanize our opponents and, as a result, we dehumanize ourselves.

Politics is inhuman.

As human beings, we have the capacity for reason. With it comes the capacity to engage with others reasonably. If you want to change my mind about something, the best, most humane way to do it is via peaceful persuasion. Raise arguments. Question mine. Try to show me the error of my ways. That’s what good people do when they disagree….” Click here to continue reading.