Posted: November 26, 2010
1:00 am Eastern
Today I thank God for the outrage many Americans have expressed against the assault on personal dignity the Obama faction has launched against air travelers in the United States on the specious pretext of forestalling terrorism. It’s tragically laughable that, in the name of the fight against terrorism, they say we must all be treated as suspected terrorists who are guilty as charged until, by the surrender of our personal dignity, we prove that we are not.
Obama faction kingpins claim that this is a justifiable and necessary evolution of our anti-terrorism efforts. In fact, it has itself involved the deployment of psychological terror tactics. The furor over the physically degrading pat-down procedures is calculated to goad people into accepting the moral degradation of the pornographic full-body scanners. In the name of security, travelers are literally reduced to the status of herd animals. They will be left with no more dignity than slaves on the auction block. My slave ancestors were routinely forced to strip down, routinely poked and prodded like meat on the hoof, routinely leered at and pawed over as objects of sexual abuse.
There is a slyly manipulative aspect to the manipulative media presentation of all this that leaves me more than a little uneasy, however. As usual, the media frenzy encourages people to get caught up in the moment, to focus on and obsess over this particularly egregious episode in the governing elite’s general assault on the dignity of the human person in America. As steps are taken to allay public outrage, the resulting catharsis will create the false impression that the governing elite staging the assault has backed away from its calculated intention to routinize the dehumanization of what, in their obnoxiously elitist thinking, they reflexively refer to as “the masses.”
A bunch of identical physical cells is a mass. A group of human individuals is a multitude. The mass is a gathering of interchangeable elements. The multitude is a congregation of irreplaceably unique members. Each unit of a mass has no particular intrinsic significance beyond its identical contribution to the weight of the whole. Each individual in a multitude represents a special assertion of intrinsic worth that in itself goes beyond the measurable quantity of the whole. Units add up to a measurable quantity. Individuals represent an immeasurable worth.
As articulated in the American Declaration of Independence, America’s founding principles support the conclusion that right and justice demand that every human being be accorded the respect that is owed to their God endowed individual worth. On this account, government must be based upon consent and operate within constraints imposed out of respect for the special characteristics of human nature that reflect and constitute this God endowed worth.
I give thanks that many Americans still retain the sense of God-given dignity that arises from these principles. But as they react against the Obama faction’s implementation of airport security measures that contemptuously disregard that dignity, I pray that they will see them for what they are: one aspect of the general assault the anti-American elements of the American elite have launched against the whole concept of the God-endowed natural worth of our humanity.
We see this assault in their legislative attempt (as part of Obamacare) to treat life and death decisions about health care for older Americans as banal matters of budgetary efficiency.
We see it in so-called “sex education,” their educational scheme to teach our children that human sexual relations are nothing more than the banal performance of a bodily function.
We see it in the promotion of exclusively fiscal “conservatism,” their hackneyed insistence that the threatening economic crisis we endure is simply a matter of dollars and cents. It has no relation to the abandonment of moral sense by elite bureaucrats, politicians and money makers with no concern but for the advancement and consolidation of their own power.
We see it above all in their promotion of, or indifference to, the twin issues of abortion and the assault on the God-ordained natural family. Both these issue involve turning the streams of natural passion, specifically intended to preserve humanity, into channels of selfish preoccupation with personal pleasures and pains. This diverts human caring and compassion from our life-affirming responsibility to God for our posterity.
Yes, the passionate outrage against invasive airport security measures is something for which we can be thankful. But will we let our expression of outrage be perversely manipulated? Will we allow it to become just another episode in the calculated barrage of spurs and goads with which ruthlessly self-serving elites psychologically herd the American people further along the path away from liberty? That’s what will happen if we fail to see this episode in its larger context. But seen together with such other elements as we have mentioned, it makes up a tragic miniseries of events intended to sever our emotional attachment to the principles that make us free. Those principles nurture and justify the sense that we are, all of us, entitled by our nature to be treated as agents of God’s authority on earth. Out of respect for God’s authority both others, including especially our government officials, are obliged to treat us with respect. They must do so until, by some proven act of our own, it is shown that we deserve to be bound, constrained and penalized as wrongdoers. That’s the American way. The aim of efforts inspired by our present outrage must be, on every front, to restore our government’s consistent respect for it.
For more from Alan Keyes visit http://loyaltoliberty.com. Once a high-level Reagan-era diplomat, Alan Keyes is a long-time leader in the conservative movement, well-known as a staunch pro-life champion and an eloquent advocate of the Constitutional Republic, including respect for the moral basis of liberty and self-government. He staunchly resists the destruction of the American people’s sovereignty by fighting to secure our borders, abolish the federal income tax, end the insurrectionary practices of the federal Judiciary, and build a banking and financial system that halts elite looting of America’s wealth and income. He formally severed his Republican Party affiliation in April of 2008 and has since then worked with America’s Independent Party to build an effective vehicle for citizen-led grass-roots political action.