Before you click off this article, I must assure you that this is not another diatribe about how either of the candidates is the genesis of a new American Dark Age, but rather, this article shall serve as an introduction to the readers of my own political thought as well as be an initial Credo of the particular moment we find ourselves placed in.
I believe that America has lost her reason. The two current evils we are considering for the Presidency are merely symptoms of a greater ailment that plagues our country. In America today, liars tell the truth, murder is lauded as a choice, and lawlessness is becoming our new master: is this who we want to be?
Some may counter saying, “this is just politics, it’s always messy and men are not the angels you want them to be,” yet, one does not don the description of angelic simply because he recognizes basic moral truths. For far too long, relativism, in all its forms, has been chipping away at the edifice of truth, goodness, and beauty. Common sense morality is now being challenged in a way that it has never been through the annals of human history.
Modernity would again retort, saying, “this is simply the argument of a moral elitist, wishing to restrict society to his outdated view of morality.” This could not be further from the truth. It was those entirely practical men, the Founders, who believed that great republics were kept alive through the moral bonds which connect us all.
It is worth noting Benjamin Franklin’s famous remark after the Constitutional Convention, where a woman came up to him and asked, “So Dr. Franklin, what kind of government have you given us?” to which he replied, “A Republic Madame, if you can keep it.”
Those “elitist” men believed that virtuous citizens and good government were the keys to securing justice for all, the end of politics. The fallen republics of old showed them that when men ceased being moral, either designing men would conspire against the liberty of the people, or society would devolve into mob rule.
One may ask, “Well why has this not happened yet; your fears seem to be overblown.” I would say the only things preventing us from falling into either of these two frightful positions are the structures of good government designed by the Founders. The Constitution is the last line of defense from becoming a modern liberal democracy. It is much like standing on one leg however; one can only do it for so long before falling over.