Scoundrel Time


Reading about the sixty-four people arrested in Raleigh, North Carolina during the latest “Moral Monday” rally, a number of thoughts occurred to me. The first came when I looked at the picture of one of those arrested, a man dressed in an Uncle Sam costume. Samuel Johnson’s famous aphorism concerning patriotism sprang immediately to mind, along with the thought that there could be no better illustration of the point.

The second pertained to the frequent references to civil disobedience in the article. In case you didn’t know it, the “Moral Monday” rallies are a joint venture between various race-based pressure groups and various feminist and pro fetus murder groups; a bid to intimidate the North Carolina legislature.

You see, last year the people of that state had the temerity to elect a majority of Republican state legislators, for the first time in more than a century. That they voted so just four years after voting for the democrat candidate for US president (Hosni Mubarack Obama, D-Chi), was a shocking development for one man, one vote, one time democrats. They believe once enlightened, a state’s population must never descend back into the state of slothful ignorance of conservatism.

We have seen this tactic repeated throughout the country, from Wisconsin to Austin, from Michigan, and now to North Carolina. Having failed to have their way in the voting booth, leftists seek to prevent legislators from passing laws which reflect the views of the majority who elected them. This is not civil disobedience but quite the opposite. Disrupting the legislative process through violence or the threat thereof is most uncivil behavior. It is not nonviolent protest, it is insurrection. It does not strengthen or sustain democracy, but threatens to undercut it at its foundation. Only the bitterly partisan, the ideologically rigid, the antidemocratic, can support such antisocial behavior.

My third thought was the monumental audacity of those engaged in insurrection to label their attacks  “Moral Mondays.” What arrogant aggrandizement to assume the mantle of morality from those seeking justice for pregnant women and their unborn children. The bill which inspired these so-called moral zealots to storm the floor of the legislature would have required abortion clinics to adhere to the same standards of cleanliness and safety required of other drop in clinics where basic outpatient surgical procedures are performed. Because only one abortion clinic in the entire state is maintained at even this minimal standard, various feminist and abortion rights groups described the law as a bid to limit access to abortion.

How is it possible that those campaigning to deny pregnant women the most basic rights to safety and security can describe themselves at “moral?” Surely the moral position is on the opposite side of that barricade. But this is reflective of a larger philosophical shift in our fragmented society. Suddenly, and it did occur breathtakingly fast, cultural arbiters now deride those who seek to defend traditional values, traditional culture, and basic human dignity as immoral, or in the words of Justice Antonin Scalia’s dissent in United States v. Windsor, “enemies of the human race.”

How on earth did the standards and values which made this nation great become the object of contempt for the chattering classes and the ideological elite? Did we willing cede the right to call ourselves American, or was it stolen from us in the night? Can we get that right back, or is it too late?