Like most people
who watch the nightly news, I've been following the story of Alabama Chief
Justice Roy Moore this week, and his struggle with higher authorities to
keep a Ten Commandments monument on display at the Supreme Court building
in that state. At first I was going to write an article specifically concerning
this story, but it wasn't long before I concluded that the so called "separation
of church and state" issue was not what I really wanted to discuss--at least
not entirely. I'm sure there are a thousand people out there writing op-eds
about Judge Moore's tribulations, so I'll leave that particular case to them.
I will, however, say this: our federal Constitution relates that the U.S.
Congress is prohibited from making laws that concern an establishment of
religion or that prevent people from practicing the religion of their choice.
That seems pretty straightforward doesn't it? I mean, I didn't have to read
the words "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion"
twice to understand that they mean exactly what they say. I take them literally,
but apparently liberals interpret this aspect of the First Amendment in a
somewhat different way. They obviously believe those words to mean that the
people of a particular state should not be allowed to exhibit any religious
text or symbol on public property, even though that property may have nothing
to do with Congress. It also doesn't seem to matter to them that the simple
act of displaying something like the Ten Commandments does not equate to
actually establishing a religion.
This should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with the convoluted logic
of those who call themselves liberals though. After all, these are the same
people who believe that the abortion issue is exclusively about a woman's
right to choose what she can do with her own body, hence their use of the
term 'pro choice.' It apparently never occurs to the liberal mind that the
other human body involved might be something to consider as well, or that
the obvious question to be asked is when does a fetus become a human life,
worthy of the same protections as every other individual. Not to burrow too
deeply into this particular subject, but in my opinion, the people who wish
to commit abortion should be required to prove beyond all reasonable doubt
that even a one-day-old fetus is not a human life before they kill it, since
it is inarguable that at some as yet undetermined point in our development
all of us become human beings, and simply taking a wild guess at when that
moment in time maybe isn't consistent with the concept of justice.
Then again, expecting liberals to embrace true justice is rather like expecting
chickens to start laying square eggs. They're just not built that way. You
see, to believe in justice requires that one believe in the inalienable rights
of the individual. With those rights comes personal responsibility, and justice
is concerned with holding individuals responsible for their actions. Liberals
are not prone to individualism, and the concept of personal accountability
almost seems repugnant to them--unless it's a Republican being held to account.
They are, in many ways, more likened to pack animals than human beings, because
they tend to think in terms of groups, not individuals. That is why it's
difficult not to regard them in that very manner, as a group. They seem to
view everyone else that way, so that's the way they should be viewed in my
Think about it, have you ever noticed that whenever liberals concoct a plan
that ostensibly promotes fairness and equality, it usually begins with the
identification of everyone involved by their race, sex, religion, political
affiliation or whatever aspect is the most divisive at the time? You're never
just a person to them, you're a stereotype to be labeled and manipulated.
You are rewarded with freebies at the expense of other people when you agree
with them, and punished with character assassination when you don't. Your
individuality is a threat to their world view, and they cannot afford to
let the well of collectivism be poisoned by droplets of non-conformity.
Keep in mind though that liberals are not necessarily stupid, far from it.
Some of them are very smart indeed, a few having matured into outspoken and
truly brilliant advocates of liberty. Take David Horowitz for example. This
is a man who was as radical a leftist as any of his generation. He was a
Communist who was raised by Communists to be a Communist, yet at some point
in his life he came to realize the folly inherent in that system of beliefs.
No one I know well would seriously assert that he is an idiot, and neither
are many other people I've come to accept in my life who are liberals to
this day. No, the deficit of the liberal lies not in his mind, but in his
personality. Generally speaking, liberals are, to use the vernacular, control
freaks. They are so sure their ideas are the right ones that they feel compelled
to force everyone else to accept them. They genuinely want to SAVE you from
yourself. They are every bit the crusaders that televangelists are, only
instead of Christianity, their religion is Communism, and to them, hell is
the rejection by the masses of their dogma.
Liberals want you to accept what they say at face value and respect what
they do without carefully considering the destructive practices they adopt
or the divisive rhetoric they utter. They expect you to understand that,
because they feel their motives are virtuous, you would have to be a cretin
not to want to follow them blindly down whichever road they choose to lead
you. They believe in parental figures controlling everyone else's lives,
which is why they're so popular with people who think of themselves as victims
in life. Victims need protectors, and who better to protect you than your
parents? The liberal masses seem to want to be told what to do and how to
live, and this is where the leftist mommy and daddy figures come in. Whatever
is wrong in your life can be made right, but not by you, but by the pseudo-intellectuals
who make up the liberal elite. And believe me, they are more than happy to
oblige their followers on that score. You will be granted every sort of entitlement
and be taken care of from cradle to grave just as long as you let them control
The leaders of the leftist movement "feel your pain" and will gladly relieve
you of the burden of being responsible for yourself. Of course, they also
want to relieve you of your guns and any other weapons you may have which
could potentially be used against them. They may seem portentous or condescending
but they're not really. They're just right, so don't go thinking you know
better than they do about the way things should be. They will feel perfectly
justified in saying and doing the most hateful things to you if you dare
to stand up to them, because to these ideologues you are like a belligerent
child. You need to be corrected, and correct you they will if given half
the chance. After all, it's for your own good.
Edward L. Daley is the owner of The Daley Times-Post.