When We Become the Enemy

 

President Biden has taken up the slogan “Saving America’s Soul,” and he just might believe he is the savior. “Empathizer-In-Chief,” “Uniting America,” and “Bringing America Back” are all catch-phrases he or his ardent supporters have used to contrast the current President with the last. But even if he believes these things, half of Americans see an entirely different landscape. They haven’t been called into the battle for a common cause, or even if it still exists: that of an America strong in her convictions, of an America that stands for the life and liberty of all who take comfort under the folds of her flag.

President Biden is correct that the widening chasm between Americans of differing political groups is developing into a war for America’s soul and he would be correct to assume it is a war that must be fought, even as a peripheral battle, have been raging for decades. As politics takes on a pseudo-religious zealousness, some might say it is a Holy War between two countering sides. But this war for America has quickly turned into a new Civil War that, much like the war waged under President Abraham Lincoln, will determine the direction of this nation for generations to come.

America is very adept at fighting and winning wars when a definite, hostile enemy is identified and targeted. We should take pride that we are the back-to-back World War champions and not a half-century later led the effort that defeated the communists. But when the conflict is directed inward, America struggles. Those are historically the hardest, bloodiest, wars, taking great emotional tolls that leave scars for decades. The wavering uncertainty in Korea, the political and cultural infighting of Vietnam, the subject of the Civil War itself – all of these things pulled at the braces of American cohesion, unmooring a will to certain, decisive victory. From these fights, like the battered, weary soldier, the physical scars heal faster than the psychological ones and the psyche of the American mind has suffered under the accumulation of self-flagellation and cultural masochism.

The optimism and sunrise promises of the 1950s and early 1960s gave way to the social strife and bad clothes of the late 60s and seventies. In the modern political era, the Carter years ushered in a bleak desolation. Stagflation was light on the lips, with the only chaser being President Carter’s infamous battle with a demon-like swamp rabbit. But the country managed to find pride and self-confidence in it’s a multi-front war helmed by a President that not only believed in unity, but the necessity of it for the survival of freedom around the world. Since then, the pendulum of introverted shame and has swung back and forth. First Lady Michelle Obama famously said she was never proud of her country until her husband was nominated for the presidency. She apparently had another change of heart, expressing her disappointment in her fellow Americans: “we are feeling what not having hope feels like” she told Oprah Winfrey in a 2016 interview after the election of Donald Trump.

But now, the stakes are even higher. We are well past the point of apologia or regret. We are being drowned in our own collective self-doubt, suffocating under the boot of our fellow Americans for whom regret and healing will never suffice. Under the guise of unity, Joe Biden has fed us humiliation. Under the cloak of healing, activists and radical progressives have pushed the boundaries of conditioned hate. It is no longer feasible to disagree with an opposing viewpoint: the Left will accept nothing less than total capitulation to their demands. Swear your allegiance, or be declared Enemy of the State. No debate, no discussion, no compromise.

In his 1970 poster for Earth Day, animator, cartoonist, and creator of the Pogo comic strip Walt Kelly coined the phrase “We have met the enemy and he is us.” The advertising campaign added to the idea of humans as a pest on Mother Earth. The leftists idolizing the Green Movement have used it as both a weapon against those on the right who consider humankind as simpatico with the caretaking of the Earth, and a shield against criticism of their draconian, oppressive, radical policies designed more for control than the protection of the earth. But that is just the beginning. The teacher’s unions have all but called parents who disagree with their Critical Race Theory agenda and lock-down forever wishes as killers. How dare parents question the manner in which their children are taught? In professional sports, not taking a knee for the National Anthem is akin to virtual lynching. Raising questions about where Black Lives Matter funds are distributed makes one a de facto racist. Defend the police? Racist. Even being outspoken about the exponential rise in violent crime gets your ticket punched on the condemnation train:

Benedict Arnold is gazing incredulously at the traitors to America as they dare raise the American flag. New York Times op-ed writer Mara Gay was triggered over Memorial Day weekend when she saw Old Glory, declaring those who fly it have a “racist message and that there needs to be a moment where white people need to separate whiteness from Americanism.” Olympic qualifier Gwen Berry, who turned her back during the playing of the National Anthem during her competition’s medal ceremony, displayed a similar sentiment. And the crowd who scoffed at Congressional colleagues wearing American flag pins after 9/11 now view advocating for election security and voter identification as “Anti-American.”

In what is the most egregious example of flipping the promise of a unified nation to the shredder is the failure of politicians to defend the attacks against the Jewish community. Any support of Israel is support for genocide, and it adds to the irredeemable nature of America’s core. Representative Ilhan Omar is the loudest voice unapologetically attacking anyone who disagrees with her views on Israel and American Jews. She keeps pushing the boundaries of her hate because she never suffers the consequences or pushback from political leadership. In fact, just raising the issue gets a venomous response from her or members of her squad, that usually entails denials of any anti-Jewish sentiment in America, especially from the Left, or worse, that anti-Jewish bigotry or violence is some controversy conjured up by Jews themselves. For her, no one has the right to talk about antisemitism unless you profess the primacy of oppression of her favored group. In an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, she doubled-down on equivocating terrorist states with Israel and the United States. She never fails to live out her brand of self-righteous bigotry. And here is it on full display.

Americans as a people are keen to the well-being of their neighbors despite exaggerated tales of a nation fiercely entrenched in a heartless state of independence and competition.  But we can be both. That is part of the beauty of America’s multifaceted character. We have Adam Smith’s “Wealth of Nations”, and also “The Theory of Moral Sentiments.” We have a duty to the cause of liberty, to the contributions from independent minds and ideas, and also to each other. In his 1643 book Religio Medici, Thomas Browne wrote, “Yet it is every man his own greatest enemy, and as it were his own executioner.” Conservatives are under attack, branded as enemies of a political narrative wanting America to be the Great Evil. We are indeed in a battle for the soul of America. We mustn’t lose sight of the magnitude of victory.

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  1. Hugh Member
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    Nicely put.  I agree.

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  2. JennaStocker Member
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    Hugh (View Comment):

    Nicely put. I agree.

    Thank you, Hugh.

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  3. DonG (2+2=5. Say it!) Coolidge
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    JennaStocker: We are indeed in a battle for the soul of America. We mustn’t lose sight of the magnitude of victory.

    There is only one nation that is strong enough to fight for freedom in this world.  Every human is depending on us.

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  4. JennaStocker Member
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    DonG (2+2=5. Say it!) (View Comment):

    JennaStocker: We are indeed in a battle for the soul of America. We mustn’t lose sight of the magnitude of victory.

    There is only one nation that is strong enough to fight for freedom in this world. Every human is depending on us.

    The last, best hope.

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  5. Vince Guerra Member
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    JennaStocker: She keeps pushing the boundaries of her hate because she never suffers the consequences or pushback from political leadership. In fact, just raising the issue gets a venomous response from her or members of her squad,

    I think this is the heart of the problem, a problem much larger than she and her dufus clique. It’s much easier to roll our eyes and move on than it is to take them to task and drive home the counterpoint. Some leaders are doing it, they need more of our support. 

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  6. Fake John/Jane Galt Coolidge
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    I am still trying to figure out how Trump lost.  The other side has lost its mind.  They no longer hold the American Dream, they now dream something else where me and mine are evil.   

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  7. JennaStocker Member
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    Vince Guerra (View Comment):

    JennaStocker: She keeps pushing the boundaries of her hate because she never suffers the consequences or pushback from political leadership. In fact, just raising the issue gets a venomous response from her or members of her squad,

    I think this is the heart of the problem, a problem much larger than she and her dufus clique. It’s much easier to roll our eyes and move on than it is to take them to task and drive home the counterpoint. Some leaders are doing it, they need more of our support.

    Absolutely. We hear “Accountability” thrown about very liberally, but it rarely actually happens. Speaker Pelosi had a chance to do last year – but instead of writing a condemnation of antisemitism in the House, she cowardly watered it down, caving to the demands of the progressive left. It ended up being a toothless anti-hate crime, mealy-mouthed platitude. I guess what should we expect?

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  8. Fake John/Jane Galt Coolidge
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    JennaStocker (View Comment):

    Vince Guerra (View Comment):

    JennaStocker: She keeps pushing the boundaries of her hate because she never suffers the consequences or pushback from political leadership. In fact, just raising the issue gets a venomous response from her or members of her squad,

    I think this is the heart of the problem, a problem much larger than she and her dufus clique. It’s much easier to roll our eyes and move on than it is to take them to task and drive home the counterpoint. Some leaders are doing it, they need more of our support.

    Absolutely. We hear “Accountability” thrown about very liberally, but it rarely actually happens. Speaker Pelosi had a chance to do last year – but instead of writing a condemnation of antisemitism in the House, she cowardly watered it down, caving to the demands of the progressive left. It ended up being a toothless anti-hate crime, mealy-mouthed platitude. I guess what should we expect?

    Accountability means punishing one’s opponents and enemies.  

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  9. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
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    JennaStocker (View Comment):

    Vince Guerra (View Comment):

    JennaStocker: She keeps pushing the boundaries of her hate because she never suffers the consequences or pushback from political leadership. In fact, just raising the issue gets a venomous response from her or members of her squad,

    I think this is the heart of the problem, a problem much larger than she and her dufus clique. It’s much easier to roll our eyes and move on than it is to take them to task and drive home the counterpoint. Some leaders are doing it, they need more of our support.

    Absolutely. We hear “Accountability” thrown about very liberally, but it rarely actually happens. Speaker Pelosi had a chance to do last year – but instead of writing a condemnation of antisemitism in the House, she cowardly watered it down, caving to the demands of the progressive left. It ended up being a toothless anti-hate crime, mealy-mouthed platitude. I guess what should we expect?

    Like the British Labour Party. The underlying problem is one of coalition politics, here a new red-green alliance of red banner socialists and green banner Islamists. 

    We have Adam Smith’s “Wealth of Nations”, and also “The Theory of Moral Sentiments.”

    Yes, and we should remember that Smith wrote The Theory of Moral Sentiments first, laying the moral framework for a people acting in their own interest, increasing The Wealth of Nations, while not ignoring the feelings and opinions of others.

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  10. Hoyacon Member
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    I’d also say that we need to not lose sight of where those who regard us as the enemy are coming from.

    Left-wing politics is rooted in opposition to patriotism, and is motivated by a desire to diminish the America that “we” love.  There are subsets of the opposition in terms of  the”social justice” categories that are being used as a means to undermine the country’s founding and development–whether they be economic, racial or gender based.  But they all come together when regarding the “traditional” American as the enemy.

    I am very slow to use the term “Marxism” in the traditional sense, and think it’s more likely that today’s anti-American leftism has built upon Marxism and morphed into something different.  It’s adherents purport to be acting  for  America, but we know different.  That makes us the enemy.

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  11. JennaStocker Member
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    Clifford A. Brown (View Comment):

    JennaStocker (View Comment):

    Vince Guerra (View Comment):

    JennaStocker: She keeps pushing the boundaries of her hate because she never suffers the consequences or pushback from political leadership. In fact, just raising the issue gets a venomous response from her or members of her squad,

    I think this is the heart of the problem, a problem much larger than she and her dufus clique. It’s much easier to roll our eyes and move on than it is to take them to task and drive home the counterpoint. Some leaders are doing it, they need more of our support.

    Absolutely. We hear “Accountability” thrown about very liberally, but it rarely actually happens. Speaker Pelosi had a chance to do last year – but instead of writing a condemnation of antisemitism in the House, she cowardly watered it down, caving to the demands of the progressive left. It ended up being a toothless anti-hate crime, mealy-mouthed platitude. I guess what should we expect?

    Like the British Labour Party. The underlying problem is one of coalition politics, here a new red-green alliance of red banner socialists and green banner Islamists.

    We have Adam Smith’s “Wealth of Nations”, and also “The Theory of Moral Sentiments.”

    Yes, and we should remember that Smith wrote The Theory of Moral Sentiments first, laying the moral framework for a people acting in their own interest, increasing The Wealth of Nations, while not ignoring the feelings and opinions of others.

    Coalition politics, indeed. Trouble is were lacking a coalition of the Alienated American. He is an endangered species. Thank you for a great comment.

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  12. JennaStocker Member
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    Hoyacon (View Comment):

    It’s adherents purport to be acting  for  America, but we know different.  That makes us the enemy.

     

    Yes! Great insights!! It’s naive to think they’re simply opposition. At the heart of it (and to put it very simply), they want to tear down the founding principles and remake the country as an impossible Equity-utopia. We know where that leads…

     

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  13. Front Seat Cat Member
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    Back when Obama was running for president, few, including me, know much about him. What I learned was he was part of a radical ideology in Chicago that had Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals as their playbook. Alinsky dedicated his book to Satan. I am not saying this is a spiritual battle, but maybe it is? Look at that Rev. Wright – his church of twenty years. The whole ball of wax was how to transform a society – his 13 rules. You can check them all off. Hilary Clinton did her thesis at Wellesley on Alinsky. 

    So they are using racial divides because they can – it is Marxist to the hilt and very scary. America’s foes and allies respected Trump. They may not have liked his methods, but they knew he meant business, and America was his business. Your post is a bullhorn on the eve of The Fourth of July, Independence Day.  I am guessing it will be a big celebration of all that is good about our country – people will show their allegiance to the flag and you will see America’s true soul.

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  14. Raxxalan Member
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    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):

    I am still trying to figure out how Trump lost. The other side has lost its mind. They no longer hold the American Dream, they now dream something else where me and mine are evil.

    The media still has a lot of power in the US.  They did a lot to tilt the election yet, even with the full backing of all the levers of elite opinion.  It took an unprecedented and often illegal changing of the rules to get Biden across the finish line.

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  15. Front Seat Cat Member
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    Here is an idea of how we got here:

    https://www.glennbeck.com/radio/glenns-fiery-response-to-president-obama-for-planting-americas-marxist-seeds?utm_source=glenn-dailyPM&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=GlennDailyPM%202021-06-10&utm_term=ACTIVE%20-%20Glenn%20Beck%20Daily%20PM

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