by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
The Monty Python boys, dressed in red frocks, once irreverently boasted, “Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition! … Amongst our chief weapons are such diverse elements as fear, surprise, ruthless efficiency, and an almost fanatical devotion to the pope!” If you switch “pope” to “woke” and the “Spanish Inquisition” to “Authoritarian Imposition,” I think that old comedy sketch nails our present situation in America pretty well.
Consider how our D.C. despots, with their stern expressions of disapproval and general sense of entitlement, have responded to 75 million Trump voters who insist on auditing the 2020 election. Have they done so with transparency, calm reason, compassion for those governed, and steadfast respect for the rule of law? Nope. They’ve decided to defend tyranny in the name of liberty and protect self-government by denying the people their chance to consent. They’ve embraced Monty Python levels of absurdity by pretending free people can be free only if the authorities say so.
Questioning the legitimacy of an election is treason! (fear)
To “protect democracy,” some people must be imprisoned for their political beliefs! (surprise)
In order to protect freedom, the Intelligence Community must work with Silicon Valley to label defenders of the Bill of Rights as “domestic extremists”! (ruthless efficiency)
Patriotic Americans are enemies of the state because Antifa and BLM say so! (fanatical devotion to the woke)
Aristotle warned that “republics decline into democracies and democracies degenerate into despotisms.” The U.S. government seems intent on proving that observation true. A legislature can trample a people’s rights just as easily as can a king, especially when it has learned to hide its despotism behind deceptive language. “Social justice” sure is a nice way of saying some people must be punished for the color of their skin. …