Editor’s note: This column published in the print edition of the Sun-News in July 2022, but due to an oversight was not published online until August 2022.
For eight years, I have spoken a language that almost no one understands. Truth be told, I don’t watch the movie “Idiocracy” anymore because it gets too prophetic uncomfortably. I felt like I had political allies who spoke the same language, but it became clear that they were using the same words, but with different meanings.
The language of which I speak is that of conservative and constitutional principles. I already had years of experience understanding that there was a linguistic disconnect when talking to those on the left, but then I started to see it with those on the right, especially with the rise of Donald Trump. Principles have become malleable. Positions on taxes, tariffs, foreign policy or even how people should treat each other are based on the position of the party and the president: support your side no matter what and condemn the other side no matter what. he is coming.
To be clear, the left engages in this behavior just as much as the right. There are no innocent people here. The hard truth is this: if you claim to hold certain principles, but are willing to change them to be accepted by your “tribe” or to oppose the other “tribe”, then you don’t actually hold those principles. after all this and you certainly cannot be counted on if these principles come at a cost. “Principles” dissolve in hypocrisy. Here is an example :
Since the recent Roe v Wade SCOTUS decision, crowds have protested outside the homes of Supreme Court Justices. Republicans rightly condemned this. The problem is that these same Republicans also refused to take a strong stance on the Jan. 6 riot or attempted to deflect, deny, or justify the actions of that day. Likewise, Democrats have an easier time condemning the latter while embracing and justifying the former. No one stands on principles.
We can argue that one situation is worse than the other, but that’s not very relevant in terms of good and bad. Murder is worse than manslaughter, but it’s not a manslaughter defense. In both protests, the goal was clearly to intimidate officials into breaking their oaths and giving the crowd what it wants. Both should be doomed, whatever your politics, but that’s not the language spoken in America today.
Last year, Liberals called school board protests outright acts of terrorism while now backing illegal protests (and they are illegal) designed to intimidate and punish Supreme Court justices. At the same time, Ted Cruz said, “The Democratic Party of today believes in violence, it believes in people’s rule, it believes in intimidation,” while saying, “On January 6, 2021, dozens Thousands of people protested peacefully, yet the mainstream media and Democrats slander them with the coined term ‘insurgent’.”
There is hypocrisy and then we accuse others of hypocrisy… hypocritically. Both sides see it clearly in each other, but not in themselves.
Peruvian dictator Oscar R. Benavides once said, “For my friends everything, for my enemies the law. That’s a good definition of both Trumpism and progressivism today…a poison we desperately need to get away from.
I’ve been lucky enough to find a few who prioritize principles over partying. Curiously, many lean left while a few lean right. Through them, I discovered an antidote to this poison that threatens us: healthy communication and debate where no one is afraid of the truth and where no one is considered an enemy to be killed. I hope that these ideals – instead of our current state of politics – can be our future.
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Randy Lynch writes/hosts The Midnight Ride blog (midnightride.co) and an internet radio show on Radio New Mexico (myradionm.com). Contact him at [email protected]