What Isn’t To Be Done

 Writing in Newsweek, Ben Weingarten reveals how the “Biden Domestic Terror Strategy Codifies Woke War on Wrongthink.” He concisely dissects its key components—the  partisan “experts” with their false premises and politicized conclusions, perpetuating and expanding the Obama Administration’s weaponization of the police and surveillance powers of the state against the woke regime’s political opponents and, indeed, all dissenting Americans. 

On a particularly chilling note, Weingarten cites Kyle Shideler’s succinct encapsulation of the Left’s weaponization of the federal government against dissenters: “Opposing the regime is racism, racism is terrorism, terrorism is a national security threat.”

Weingarten’s piece is well worth reading, as are other examinations of the “woke” Left’s totalitarian attempts to pervert the role of government from the defender of our God-given rights to the omnipotent destroyer of our God-given rights. In addition to providing a roadmap of the tyrannical aims of the Biden Administration and its woke comrades (in both the public and private sectors), it is oddly reassuring. 

Sometimes, as with critical race theory, leftists resemble poison mushrooms: they thrive in composted manure and darkness. Still, mushrooms can grow in daylight; and in this latest attack on the citizenry, the woke are brazenly announcing their war against dissent, and revealing their goal, strategy, and tactics. 

Perhaps they knew their abuses of power couldn’t be concealed and chose to create the narrative that “autocracy in the pursuit of our democracy is no vice.” Moreover, the attempted psychological intimidation has the effect of putting dissidents on notice, chilling free speech and, indirectly, freedom of conscience.

What, then, could possibly be reassuring about Weingarten, Shideler, and others exposing  the totalitarian woke Left’s weaponization of government?

We know what they are doing; and will be able to counter it when political circumstances afford the opportunity to govern again. (And, please, spare me the cant that “we will never win an election again.” That is precisely what the Left wants you to think.) But with this knowledge comes an uneasy, existential question regarding the future of the Republican Party, center-right populism, and the free republic itself: What is to be done? Or, rather, what isn’t to be done?

There are two main options possible.

First, do unto others as they have done unto you. Employing their own installed “experts,” a succeeding Republican administration can employ the already weaponized federal government against its opponents by, for instance, declaring “wokeism” a racist ideology; recalibrating selective law enforcement to reclassify the 2020 riots as insurrections and domestic terrorism; and demonizing anyone who believes in the Left’s hateful, racist, destructive, terroristic screed as the number one domestic threat to Americans’ safety and tranquility. 

And don’t think for a minute that the vast majority of Americans—who can’t stand the woke cancel culture, critical race theory, and forced indoctrination struggle sessions under the guise of “sensitivity training”—will do anything but applaud the decision.

Or second, do the right thing. Disarm and dismantle the powers of the federal government that have been weaponized against our own citizens.

Given the totalitarian Left’s abuses of power that will continue over the next four years of the Biden-Harris(-Obama) Administration, there will be an intensifying temptation to choose option one. If Republicans and center-right populists succumb to this temptation, in the abusive, escalating politicization of public and private life, we will become what we despise and, in the process, lose all we cherish. Then, amid the ruins of the republic, when the Left returns to power, what will we be able to claim we are fighting to restore? 

The republic’s descent into Hell will be irreparable and irredeemable.

It is better to heed the sage advice of the late 20th century poets/philosophers, Page and Plant: “Yes, there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run, there’s still time to change the road you’re on.”

In sum, the existential question is a false choice thrust upon us by the totalitarian woke Left. There is only one option. Only by disarming and/or dismantling the weaponized federal bureaucracies can all the American people and their God-given rights be secure from the abusive depredations of a woke government gone amok—as well as from an abusive government run by anyone else

As heirs of Lincoln, Republicans and center-right populists must reject the temptation for revenge and heed the “better angels of our nature.” 

“And if you listen very hard, the tune will come to you at last; when all are one and one is all, to be a rock and not to roll.” 

And choose wisely in the defense of every American.


About Thaddeus G. McCotter

The Hon. Thaddeus McCotter is the former chairman of the Republican House Policy Committee, current itinerant guitarist, American Greatness contributor, and Monday co-host of the "John Batchelor Show."

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