What do we have in common with spiders, polar bears, and hamsters? We eat our own! Just like the creatures in the natural world, we lay waste to our own kind, as if driven by some sort of invisible force that justifies itself in the process. While nature’s practice of devouring siblings, mates, and offspring is repulsive and callous to most of us, why do we so often engage in this very practice in the human domain?
We criticize, judge, castigate, and dismiss those who are on our side! Some call it “circular warfare”. Unlike the Cape Buffalo who form a circle around their young to protect them by facing outward to fend off the enemy, we turn inward and shoot at each other! Without naming names, let me offer some generic examples that might help paint the picture.
Someone who has tomes of evidence from years of research and study on a particular subject matter gets denounced and put out to pasture because he/she “gets too much in the weeds.” Someone who is extremely colorful and energetic in the presentation of their subject matter is pummeled because “that person is too full of themselves.” Someone who is a little bit immovable and often fixed in an entrenched position gets labeled as “just too hard to work with - ever”. Someone who will neither compromise principles nor play the game to make a deal is branded as “a hard-headed, radical extremist”. Someone who doesn’t stick to the party line is “disloyal and must be excluded”. And on and on.
How do I know about these examples? Because I’ve heard or made these comments myself! But I’m sorry as all get out and I am determined to never again shoot my own teammates. What I will do, however, is judge only the issues at hand, with the facts on the table and the merits of their importance. I will examine the evidence, not the personality. I will evaluate the relevance of the material provided, not the provider. I will measure the credibility of the data and the credibility of the individual presenting it. I will exercise prudence in how best to use the data, taking into consideration the highest strategic advantage desired for the best possible outcome. Personal opinion and personality conflicts are off limits from now on.
We all have a part to play, with our unique giftedness and talents. We are opposing a formidable enemy who is intent on doing the most evil to the most people. We don’t have time to call out one another’s peccadillos, nor do we have enough of us to spare by sidelining the ones we don’t like. Don’t give the devil a foothold by catering to your own feelings. Don’t sabotage the battle plan by nursing your old wounds.
Be careful what you measure. Are we advancing individual liberty and justice, free markets, personal and fiscal responsibility, limited government, and national sovereignty? Or not. There is no middle ground. These principles come from objective truth that cares not a thing for your feelings and personal opinions about particular people. Be careful what you measure.
One caveat please: I am not advocating for blind loyalty. I am not suggesting that we continue to work with those who have betrayed us. I’ve drawn a line in the sand and I refuse to line up behind those nice but unsuitable so-called representatives. Said another way, just because you have an R behind your name doesn’t mean that you are on my team. Spoiler alert: something’s in the works. Time to choose up sides and stand with your man.
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Beth Biesel is the Editor of the americanlibertyforum.org "What's New" Blog
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