POLITICAL CYNICISM BREEDS VIOLENCE, INACTION
By Rev. Ted Pike
5 Apr 10
As I speak on right-wing talk shows, I notice an increasingly disturbing
trend. Callers insist that since the entire government, both Democrat
and Republican, is united in a conspiracy leading to world government,
there is nothing we can do! More and more frustrated patriots refuse
to call their representatives or Congressional members. They aren’t
apathetic; they are passionately frustrated and becoming fatalistic.
For some, that fatalism turns to dreams of imminent violence or government
overthrow. For most, it simply becomes inaction. Both responses
are deadly for a patriotic renewal that could turn our nation around.
The Founding Fathers intended our representatives to listen and respond
to us. Today, many believe our government no longer intends to do this.
They are convinced no amount of peaceful protest can stop momentum
toward the New World order. In their eyes, we are helpless—at
least for the next six months until midterm elections—to hold
back hell-bent moral, political, social and economic destruction by
But some can’t wait until midterms. They want to make a difference
the only way they think possible—through violence. These are
bitterly disillusioned Americans like James Von Braun, whose rage
at the government erupted in gunfire in June 2009 at the Holocaust
Museum in Washington, DC…or Joseph Stack, who tried to get the
government’s attention by plunging his aircraft into the IRS
headquarters in Austin…or the nine members of the “Christian” militia
group, the Hutaree, who allegedly planned to influence the government
by the most desperate means: shooting a policeman, then bombing the
police at his funeral. Authorities charge that the Hutaree expected
the ensuing shootout to ignite insurrection among hundreds of militia
groups who would overthrow the government. These angry, unstable Americans
were unwilling to endure the discontent and cynicism felt by so many
conservatives and Christians.
Most frustrated citizens will never commit violence; they will simply
be inactive, abandoning the lobbying and protest options available
Both violence and inaction are equally destructive to any hope of
reclaiming our government and our freedoms. Difficult as it may appear,
Americans must return to proven tools for changing government policies.
If those tools have become dull and ineffective, the solution is not
to abandon but to sharpen them.
We must improve lobbying strategies. Example: While it is vital that
your members of Congress be phoned, especially during legislative crises,
the fact is that most are remote from dangerous bills in committee.
In stopping perverse legislation, calls are vastly more effective if
directed to the committee members who initially decide whether to move
bills forward or let them die. In 2007, I rejected the traditional
approach and motivated perhaps thousands to engage in strategic lobbying
of members of the House Judiciary Committee, who were considering the
federal hate crimes bill. This tactic was sensationally effective,
igniting the will to fight in House Republicans and then in the religious
right. Responding to an enormous groundswell, Pres. George W. Bush
promised a veto. The hate bill died. In this Congress, the same approach
faced insurmountable odds because of Obama's promise to sign the hate
bill, but it did delay passage for at least three months.
This gave lovers of freedom time to pressure the Democrats to adopt
the Brownback amendment, helping safeguard free speech in the Matthew Shephard Hate Crimes Prevention Act.
No Time for Frustrated Silence
There are more battles to fight! Although the Democrats lost their
majority in the Senate, the precedent of passing the healthcare bill
without that majority has enormously encouraged them. They want to
pass even more hate crimes legislation while they can.
Homosexual House Democrats, Reps. Barney Frank and Tammy Baldwin, are
in full cry that the Anti-Defamation League’s Employment
Non-Discrimination Act can and must be passed. The same zeal could
infect Democrats to pass ADL's Student Non-Discrimination Act,
HR 4530, which will make it a federal crime to verbally "harass" or
intimidate gay youth in public schools through repeated criticism.
Also, if unopposed, the sodomite adoption bill, Every Child Deserves a Family Act,
HR 3827, could move rapidly forward. This bill will cut off federal
funding from adoption agencies that won't place young children with
But too many Americans will do nothing! They refuse to phone or write
in criticism of these bills to the Democrats and Republicans of crucial
House committees. They should not be so confident that revenge will
be accomplished at midterms. If cynicism on the right continues to
stimulate more violence, media will use every opportunity to disgrace
political and religious populism. A media firestorm ridiculing everything
right-wing could so thoroughly disorient and alienate the American
people that a majority of Americans might actually rush to the polls
in November, grateful that Democrats will protect America from its
fanatical, violent lunatic fringe. And by that time,
many deadly bills could have passed which frustrated Americans were
guilty of enabling by their inaction.
Christian conservative activists, do you think some other agenda than
actively pressuring Congress is your best hope of restoring America?
If so, you're living in fantasy. A week ago, nine Hutarees thought
their alternate remedy was political genius. Now they sit in prison,
deprived of freedom and assisting those who want to take it from the
rest of us. What should the Hutarees have done? Exactly what you
should do! Resist our greatest enemies—apathy and fatalism—which
inspire violence in a minority and passivity in the rest. Cynics neither
build—nor preserve—great nations.
Over the millennia many rebellions have occurred against evil and
entrenched governments. Almost all were ruthlessly suppressed and led
to even worse oppression. The history of parliamentary democracies
over the last 500 years is different and points to the best that political
reality can offer. Evil leaders may temporarily usurp power, but public
dissatisfaction insistently communicated to governments bound by Constitutional
laws has generally worked to redeem society and preserve some measure
of freedom. American's republican system of government—with its
Constitution that respects the rights and voice of the minority—remains
the most perfect gift, next to Christianity and the Holy Bible, that
Keep this gift alive right now by blocking the Obama Democrats through
the medium they still fear most: intensive calling to members of the
legislative committees! This is where evil legislation either goes
forward or is destroyed. Veteran hate bill opponent Rep. Steve King
advises that such targeted calling is by far the most effective way
to kill freedom-destroying legislation.
Follow these links to truthtellers.org for articles describing three
of the most dangerous hate crimes bills now in House committees along
with names of the members of those committees considering the Student Non-Discrimination Act and Every Child Deserves a Family Act. ENDA has already been considered by the
House and Senate Education and Labor committees and is ready for floor
action. Protest ENDA to your House and Senate members.
If there is one lesson Obama's Democrats
want to teach us, it’s
that the people can no longer impact the legislative process and we
should let them do as much damage as they want until elections. Will
you obediently learn this lesson? If you refuse Rep. King's advice
and think you can "punish" the Democrats by your silence
and inaction, then you are America’s problem. You are
the proverbial good man who does nothing—and empowers evil to