• White Supremacy: ‘Crush This Evil’ Is the Perfect Response

    Surge Summary: Christians and conservatives need to be unambiguous in denouncing and repudiating white supremacy. 

    As with any situation, no matter how egregious, there is good that can be coaxed out of it. It needs not be said the weekend’s shooting rampages in both El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH were an outrage. The loss of innocent human life can never be mitigated, never defended. Prayers and sympathies for the victims and their families are plainly warranted; the guilty parties – at least those who are still alive – must perforce face the full penalties of the law.

    That being the case, a luminous opportunity awaits conservative and Christian thinkers in these hideous episodes; a wide open door for us to make as clear as we can that there is no excuse for racism, white supremacy or unprovoked mayhem in the propagation of our values and ideals.

    “Crush This Evil,” exhorted an excellent, no-nonsense piece Monday from the editors of National Review magazine:

    The intentions of the

    young white supremacist who opened fire at a Walmart, killing 20 people and injuring dozens more … per a manifesto he left on the website 8chan, was to exact revenge against “the Hispanic invasion of Texas,” to forestall what he called “cultural and ethnic replacement,” and to “reclaim my country from destruction.” His actions, he confirmed in the first line, were inspired by “the Christchurch shooter and his manifesto” … the second gunman to cite Christchurch as an inspiration in the last six months. The perpetrator of the massacre at California’s Poway Synagogue — also a devotee of 8chan — made exactly the same claim in April. In the Internet era, malevolence tends to echo.

    During the Cold War, Ian Fleming observed that “once is happenstance, twice is coincidence, the third time it’s enemy action.” So it is here.

    … [T]he patterns on display over the last few years have revealed that we are contending here not with another “lone wolf,” but with the fruit of a murderous and resurgent ideology — white supremacy — that deserves to be treated by the authorities in the same manner as has been the threat posed by militant Islam.

    We will see a myopic focus on guns in the coming days, tied to a broader discussion of America’s “mass shooting problem.” This will be a mistake … to focus on limiting a certain tool in a country with half a billion of those tools in circulation and a constitutional provision protecting their ownership is to set oneself up for guaranteed failure.

    … The task before us, to nip this grotesque insurgency in the bud, should transcend our debates over means.

    Addressing the problem will require a number of different approaches, some broad, some narrow. President Trump, a man who is comfortable using his bully pulpit for the most frivolous of reasons, should take the time to condemn these actions repeatedly and unambiguously, in both general and specific terms.

    Pleased to report, Donald Trump did exactly that with a forceful statement Monday condemning bigotry, specifically white supremacy, in the nation.

    His supporters, and conservatives in general, particularly Christian conservatives, should need no prodding – zero – to follow suit. Repeatedly and energetically. If our biblically informed principles mean anything to us, there is no debate those who place race or ethnicity above all other variables, and those who act malevolently on those warped priorities, need to be denounced and resisted in no uncertain terms – particularly from the precincts of “the right”, which is relentlessly and falsely accused by unreflective Leftists and the Mainstream Media of being in cahoots with the racist haters.

    The NR scribes continue:

    Simultaneously, the president should work with Congress to devote more resources to infiltrating, tracking, and foiling nascent plots (during the 1940s, the KKK was partly destroyed by a radio show that weaponized insider information against it), and he should instruct the federal government to initiate an information campaign against white-supremacist violence in much the same way as it has conducted crusades against drunk driving, human trafficking, and domestic violence. Just as the government must not react to these incidents by abridging the Second Amendment or the Fourth Amendment, obviously the First Amendment’s crucial protections must also remain intact. But where action is consistent with the law …  it must be vigorously taken.

    Yes, government has a role. Conservatives don’t promote anarchy, but a restrained State, a government apparatus limited to its closely defined duties and those alone.

    “The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government, are few and defined … exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce”. That’s the invaluable clarification proffered by American founder and framer James Madison in Federalist 45.

    Even D.C., arguably, has some limited part to play in neutralizing the destructive efforts of those who would target an individual for his/her skin color or racial heritage.

    But the solution doesn’t end there.

    In concert, Americans must recognize that they have a crucial role to play in rooting out this awful ideology and in superintending the places in which it spreads. After an abomination such as this, the right of free association tends to get a bad rap. But, properly understood, free association serves as much as the remedy to extremism as its enabler. … Here, as elsewhere, the best prophylactic against mass killings is individual intervention and social responsibility.

    …. It is one thing for undercover agents to infiltrate a militia or a terrorist cell in the hopes of taking action before a plot can be brought to fruition, but it is quite another to track a series of dispersed and unaffiliated actors who may or may not be in the process of adopting a radicalizing ideology that they have encountered online … But while the tactics have changed, the rest has not. Now, as ever, evil is evil and murder is murder, and we gain nothing by refusing to call them by their names.

    Those of us arguing for constitutional government and traditional morality must be unapologetic in our reprehending of the white supremacy cancer. Every statement against slaughterous carnage is not an attack on Second Amendment rights. Every enjoining of parents, guardians, et al to monitor and repudiate the poisonous cultural influences targeting our children is not an abridgement of the First Amendment’s free speech guarantee. Neither is every admonition toward civility an apology for what we believe as defenders of Western Civilization and Judeo-Christian principles.

    Strength and decency are not at odds. This past weekend’s horrendous series of bloody events presents constitutionalists, conservatives and Christians a priceless chance to demonstrate that claim is true and it’s what we hold dear.

    Image: Adapted from: By Mark Dixon from Pittsburgh, PA – Charlottesville-1520268, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=61666956

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