What is Evil in the Present Day?
When looking around the current US political landscape, including at our corrupt politicians and federal institutions, objective and reasonable people will see many, many manifestations of the Seven Deadly Sins and – yes – outright EVIL!
The dictionary definition of evil is this: morally wrong or bad; immoral; wicked [https://www.dictionary.com/browse/evil]. Have we not seen much evidence of these exposed just within the last two years?
I also like the Wikipedia definition of evil: “What is evil? Killing is evil, lying is evil, slandering is evil, abuse is evil, gossip is evil, envy is evil, hatred is evil, to cling to false doctrine is evil; all these things are evil. And what is the root of evil? Desire is the root of evil, illusion is the root of evil.”
The concept of evil has been defined through the ages by many cultures. The United States is the greatest product of Western civilization that has ever existed. The country was founded on Judeo-Christian principles by enlightened Founders for a moral people. This is very important to remember! What with the increasing secularization of the country since the founding of the ACLU in the 1930s, one might question that particular statement. But perhaps the greatest testament to the Founders’ intentions regarding our government is contained in this book, “The Christian Life and Character of the Civil Institutions of the United States,” by Benjamin F. Morris. Written in 1864, the book thoroughly demolishes modern arguments that the United States was founded as a “secular republic.”
The Founders understood the evils inherent in Modern Man, which manifested in unbridled governments and oppressed peoples. They had fought tyranny directly and understood the perils and pitfalls firsthand!
The Founders were particularly concerned about protecting individual and property rights from the overreaching evils of a strong central government. That is why there are so many checks and balances in the US Constitution. The three branches of government – legislative, executive, judicial – were purposely established to provide legal restraints on each other so that complete power cannot be aggregated into a single branch. This is why the Constitution is so important and why the Left seeks to render it into a “living document” subject to the arbitrary rule of men (themselves). They wish to consolidate power in the executive and implement their schemes without being checked by We The People. This is flat-out EVIL, in my mind, but I will get to that.
What is evil in the Judeo-Christian context? The dictionary definition just scratches the surface. Philosophers and theologians over the centuries have defined evil in many ways. The Ten Commandments have provided the framework. In ancient times, egregious, serial violators of the Commandments were considered “evil” and punished and/or expunged from society depending the nature of the crime(s). Crime and punishment throughout Western civilization was derived from the Commandments over the years. Evil has long been associated with The Seven Deadly Sins: pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath, and sloth. Down through the ages, the Catholic Church used these “cardinal sins” as a means to assist people in curbing their inclinations toward evil actions before the fact.
With what we have learned during the Age of Trump, who can deny that evil as conveyed in these various definitions can be found virtually throughout our entire political class consisting of elected politicians, staffers, federal bureaucracy, legacy media, “experts,” and others? What are some of the apparent evils among the political class that we have observed during the Age of Trump (about which we would have remained ignorant had Hillary succeeded in stealing the election)? Here is a short list:
- Serial lying & narcissism
- Systematic pay-for-play corruption
- Illegal domestic surveillance
- Unauthorized unmasking of private US citizens for political purposes
- Political corruption of federal agencies
- Weaponizing federal agencies against political enemies
- Abrogation of the rule of law
- Selective enforcement of laws
- Human trafficking
- Rampant pedophilia
- Selling of US secrets to adversaries
- Political support for illegal aliens over American citizens
- The seditious conspiracy (Obama’s DoJ/FBI/Intelligence Community/Department of State)
- Violence against political enemies, and its advocacy thereof
- Daily hate-filled invectives in the legacy media (the daily narrative for the past two years-plus!)
- Blatant lying about supposed Trump-Russia collusion and treason
- Politically motivated selective enforcement of federal laws
The list is seemingly endless. And for what end purpose? To secure their lust for political power, ensure their access to the public treasury, and serve their baser instincts and proclivities. And to remove a duly elected president of the US to continue their perfidy unchecked. The political class cannot abide the stark comparison of an outsider living up to his campaign promises versus their own continuing lies and ineptitude.
How is it possible that things have gotten so bad? Because we have not been paying attention and have allowed the perps to get away with their actions. And because the Left controls political discourse and uses authoritarian methods to shut down opposition.
Think about the suppression of conservatives on social media, or the Antifa crowd shutting down political dissent at US colleges and universities. These nefarious actions prevent the free flow of ideas, and the Left cannot survive when facts and reality enter the equation!
Suppression of competing ideas is a tactic the Left use to control political dialog, including hiding their crimes and excusing their immoral actions. When faced with the continual suppression of our political speech, as well as the constant barrage of leftist claptrap via the legacy media, many normal Americans prefer to remain silent and not fight back. That is a losing proposition!
Russian author Aleksander Solzhenitsyn, who wrote “The Gulag Archipelago” among other great historical novels, explains it much better:
“In keeping silent about evil, in burying it so deep within us that no sign of it appears on the surface, we are implanting it, and it will rise up a thousand-fold in the future. When we neither punish nor reproach evildoers, we are not simply protecting their trivial old age, we are thereby ripping the foundations of justice from beneath new generations.”
We have allowed the Left to cross the line demarcating good versus evil. Obama’s presidency emboldened them in every way possible. They thought that they were on the verge of total control over the country, having long ago captured our cultural institutions. We were silenced through accusations of racism, sexism, homophobia, etc. And as they were not held accountable for their various crimes, their actions worsened to the point where now nothing appears to be out of bounds and nothing spoken is considered too extreme.
This is what happens when the rule of men replaces the rule of law. Laws are arbitrarily enforced depending on who is calling the shots. Laws only apply to “little people” and political adversaries, not to those in power. Swamp, Deep State and Uniparty rule! Forget We The People!
This is still a Christian country despite incessant efforts by the Left to remove God from first the public square and then everywhere else. Evil flourishes in the dark, but it cannot be hidden from God-fearing Americans forever.
I firmly believe that one of the reasons Donald J. Trump was elected was because normal Americans were fed up with the obvious corruption and ongoing purposeful destruction of the country – in short, the march of evil left unchecked for decades. We felt it in our very bones.
What we are witnessing with the continuing obstruction of the Make America Great Agenda – and indeed the ongoing efforts to destroy Trump’s presidency itself – Is an existential fight for the Republic as we know it versus the tyranny that the Left wishes to create to serve their evil interests (at our collective expense). The Democrats are going to keep investigating the president despite his exoneration by the Mueller Special Counsel Report. They have already declared their intentions toward that end. If we want evil to prevail, we will sit on our thumbs from now through the 2020 election. If we want to help Trump preserve the Republic, we will do everything we possibly can to support him and his congressional allies in order to Keep America Great!
That means getting actively engaged – with both our time and money.
What are you prepared to do?