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Consider these three statements:
- I will judge others not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
- I will treat others as I would have others treat me.
- I will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.
The first moral statement comes from Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963. The second is the Golden Rule, articulated, in one form or another, by every major religion on Earth. The last is part of the presidential oath of office, meant to elevate official duties to moral obligations before God.
Now ask yourself how many elected or unelected members of the American government could honestly affirm all three moral propositions today. Can you name anyone? What if I were instead to ask you to list every member of the American government who intentionally disregards all three of these moral principles? Would you ever be able to complete your list?
In a hundred or so words and with three simple moral duties as our guide, we’ve gone a long way to showing why the American government has lost its legitimacy and why it has begun resorting to increasingly hostile and threatening rhetoric against its citizens. When the government elevates race above all else that defines a person, the government is overtly racist.
When the government uses the criminal justice system to target its political enemies while protecting its political allies, the government denies its citizens impartial justice and equality before the law. When the president of the United States and other government agents bound to uphold the Constitution instead condone viewpoint discrimination, state-sponsored censorship, and the criminalization of gun rights, then the government intentionally breaches its duty to protect the Bill of Rights.
It is much easier for Joint Chiefs chairman General Milley to pin America’s problems on “white rage” than to consider that America’s leadership has fundamentally failed to hold up its end of the social contract. It is much easier for the White House to initiate a “domestic terrorism” strategy that uses PATRIOT Act surveillance and Homeland Security muscle to target its political enemies than to protect Americans’ free speech and freedom of association from government coercion.
It is much easier for (p)Resident Biden to argue that the Second Amendment is meaningless due to the government’s superior firepower over the average gun owner in the forms of F-15s and tactical nuclear weapons than it is for him to remember, as Lincoln did, that “it is not the Constitution as I would like to have it, but as it is, that is to be defended.” Choosing the easier path today, however, is ensuring a combustible American future.
Think of America as a dish broken into pieces on the wood floor. Now, it is possible to grab some friends and exert enough force on all the pieces in tandem so that the plate is momentarily made whole. But as soon as one set of hands twitches or loses strength, the broken plate crumbles back onto the floor. The sounder, more permanent solution is to grab the super-glue and bond all those strewn pieces together as one.
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When America has broken in the past from war and upheaval, it has also exercised the collective judgment to refashion peace through the glue of social cohesion and common purpose rather than through the permanent imposition of brute government force. Trading the glue of national unity for the threat of punishment and violence turns any society into a ticking time bomb.
When government abandons any pretense for moral legitimacy, force becomes its one indispensable tool for controlling the citizenry. Then it’s just a question of how many hands the government can afford to pay to keep the social plate from falling back into pieces onto the ground. A government that depends entirely force for its existence is a government with a shelf life.
The social psychologists Jonathan Haidt, Jesse Graham, and Craig Joseph advanced a theory of moral foundations some years back that attempted to explain moral variations across cultures as stemming from the relative accentuation of different innate intuitions “programmed” in the human mind. All humans, they have argued, are predisposed to balance: (1) care / harm, (2) fairness / cheating, (3) loyalty / betrayal, (4) authority / subversion, (5) sanctity / degradation, and (6) liberty / oppression.
It is the way in which human tribes and societies magnify one or more of these moral foundations over others that lead to seemingly widely divergent human cultures. In short order, this instinctual understanding of morality led to various attempts to explain how political groups could maintain such varied worldviews, even when their members exist in the same society.
In The Righteous Mind, Haidt answered this question by arguing that members of distinct political groups tend to value certain moral foundations over others. The political left is most concerned with the care and fairness foundations. Libertarians, not surprisingly, are inclined to value liberty over all else, while conservatives seem equally sensitive to all six moral foundations.
What happens when the governing institutions of a society function in a way that countermands each of these primal moral foundations at once? Or rather, what happens when government routinely causes harm, cheats and betrays its citizens, abuses its authority, and mocks the pious and religiously faithful? It seems to me that the first five moral foundations immediately become wrapped into Haidt’s sixth: the natural disposition of humans to struggle for liberty over oppression outweighs everything else.
Because the other moral foundations are denied breathing room in a closed and authoritarian society, the innate human drive for liberty explodes forth to reclaim them all at once. When those passions take hold, the “animating contest of freedom” becomes the natural spring for all other moral considerations. And between a people seeking moral legitimacy and a government that is seen to have none, things fall apart quickly.
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New Conservative Network Seeks Crowdfunding Help
They say we have to go big or go home. We’re trying to go big and bring the patriotic truth the the nation, but we need help.
Readers may or may not realize that over the past year, we’ve been bringing more conservative news and opinion outlets under our wing. Don’t take our expansion as a sign of riches; all of the “acquisitions” have been through sweat and promises of greater things to come for all involved. As a result, we’ve been able to bring together several independent media sites under a unified vision of preventing America from succumbing to the progressive, “woke,” Neo-Marxist ideologies that are spreading like wildfire across America.
The slow and steady reopening of America is revealing there was a lot more economic hardship brought about from the Covd-19 lockdowns than most realize. While we continue to hope advertising dollars on the sites go up, it’s simply not enough to do things the right way. We are currently experiencing a gap between revenue and expenses that cannot be overcome by click-ads and MyPillow promos alone (promo code “NOQ” by the way).
To overcome our revenue gap and keep these sites running, our needs fluctuate between $3000-$7000 per month. In other words, we’re in the red and hemorrhaging.
The best way you can help us grow and continue to bring the truth to the people is by donating. We appreciate everything, whether a dollar or $10,000. Anything brings us closer to a point of stability when we can hire writers, editors, and support staff to make the America First message louder. Our Giving Fuel page makes it easy to donate one-time or monthly. Alternatively, you can donate through PayPal as well.
As the world spirals towards radical progressivism, the need for truthful journalism has never been greater. But in these times, we need as many conservative media voices as possible. Please help keep NOQ Report and the other sites in the network going.
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We Often Feel Like David Taking on Giants
Today’s Goliath is the Mainstream Media Industrial Complex that brainwashes the masses.
Our mission is very straightforward: To counter the false narratives and nefarious agendas destroying America today. It isn’t easy for obvious reasons; despite incredible growth over the last year we are still a very tiny fish in a huge media pond. But we’re fighting and we will continue to do so, Lord willing, for as long as we possibly can. The battle for America’s present and future is too important for us to back down to the giants that stand in our way.
We need help. I don’t want to say “desperately,” but the need is definitely great. If you have the means, please donate through our GivingFuel page, PayPal, or our brand new GiveSendGo page. Your generosity is what keeps these sites running and allows us to get the truth to the masses. We’ve had great success in growing but we know we can do more with your assistance.
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