But the nature of American politics makes it increasingly difficult to express one’s values, beliefs and mores because of the polarization of politics. Having core values and beliefs conflicting with another person’s core beliefs and values is no longer acceptable.
This division is driven by a conflicting ideology – the United States will either continue as a free-market, democratic republic, or will it continue to be nudged toward totalitarianism, all in the name of social justice, or social good, or whatever euphemism one wants to use to camouflage the ever-increasing role of government in our lives.
The creeping intrusiveness of our government, in the context of current policies and programs, is difficult for people to fathom, primarily because we have become acclimated to that intrusiveness and it gives us comfort and security, when in reality there is none. Professor Walter Williams recently described that intrusiveness this way (it’s worth watching the entire five minutes):
So why is this topic important to me? I believe that God made us in His image – that we are sovereign individuals, dependent on ourselves for our Salvation, our own liberty, freedom and not dependent on others. We live in God’s grace.
So what does that have to do with our current political situation?
We have abandoned individualism and succumbed to the allure of government intrusion – government comfort – government security. All of which is false and tyrannical, just as Dr. Williams points out in his video.
That, in a nutshell, is the fundamental polarizing factor of our politics.
Are we going to continue down a path that leads to more and more government intrusion, getting nudged inch-by-inch, until we live in a socialist, communistic, totalitarian state; or, are we going to reverse that course and return to a freer market, individual responsibility and self-reliance?
It’s a simple choice, but fraught with emotion, anger, fear.
Thus, the polarization.
So next time someone accuses you of being a shill, a right-wing nut job, or any other pejorative because you believe in man’s fundamental state of freedom and liberty, remember what you really believe in – and stick with it.