How could they? How could dedicated medical doctors participate in what was then known as the “Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male,” while withholding both necessary treatment and information from patients?
How could they? How could educated and sophisticated lawyers and doctors have participated in the extermination of millions of Jews in Nazi Germany?
How could they? How could men and women have been loving fathers and mothers to their own families while ripping other children from their parents while acting as officials in a Stalinist government?
How could they? How could citizens stand by and tolerate, let alone participate in evil in their midst?
Ten, or twenty, or fifty years from now, we will be asking “How could they,” about so many things in today’s society. Social workers who direct confused children to take mind and body-altering drugs behind their parents’ backs. Doctors who perform surgeries mutilating those children, ensuring that they will never have children of their own. Teachers who teach some of their students that they are victims and have no control over their own lives while they teach other students that they are irreparably evil from birth. Lawyers, nurses, legislators, and psychologists might or might not face legal culpability, but they will certainly face enormous moral and ethical comeuppance. And those of us who are not doctors or teachers, lawyers or legislators will sound insincere and whiny while excusing ourselves by saying, “I didn’t know what they were doing.”
Does the above seem exaggerated to you? Do you have no idea of what I am referencing? There are too many good, patriotic Americans who are unaware of how frighteningly fragile the civilization that they take for granted is. Recently, two articles ran on the op-ed page of the Wall Street Journal. One, by Kimberly Strassel, described how the powerful entities in this country, including government agencies like the IRS, have become partisan tools in the hands of those looking to turn this country into a one-party dictatorship.
The second article was by Senator Bob Dole explaining how we can all get along if we just sit and make friendship bracelets together (o.k., those weren’t his exact words, but that was the sentiment). The disagreement that I read on that op-ed page about whether we are in a state of serious crisis or whether everything just needs basic fine-tuning is symptomatic. And, it is scary. Because remaining ignorant of impending doom does not save people from catastrophe.
I thought Bob Dole was out-of-touch when he ran for president. The years since 1996 have not improved his relevance. I respect him for actions he took in the past, including his World War II service, but I am appalled that a major, supposedly conservative-leaning newspaper saw his current words as the slightest bit germane to today’s climate and worthy of publication.
Courageous citizens are pushing back and speaking up in increasing numbers. We need to be aware of and inspired by them. We need to search for them as their voices are suppressed and we need to join our voices to theirs. Whether I agree with all they say or not or their manner of speaking, I welcome their participation and leadership in resisting evil.
There are times in history where keeping your head down and focusing on your personal situation is simply not sufficient. If you do not think that we are living in historic times such as those, may I recommend that you read one or both of the following? While these came to mind as I wrote this Musing, there are hundreds of other equally valid choices once your eyes are open.
- Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters by Abigail Schrier. If your book list is already too long, search for her articles online. You might start with this one.
- Life and Death in Shanghai by Nien Cheng – this powerful book is not a quick read, but it is a fascinating story of Nien Ching’s experiences in the Chinese Cultural Revolution. The parallels to all that is occurring in the United States today are horrifying.
- There are relatively established entities such as PragerU and the Epoch Times that are fighting back and there are small groups such as this one that I just recently discovered. Pick one or more of these, research, volunteer, join, donate or sign up.
How could we? What are you going to say?
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