Senator Mike Lee makes an absurd defense that racist traitors who revolted on Capitol Hill are not being treated fairly.
“The question is, who should be the master – that’s all.”
– Humpty Dumpty, in “Through the Looking Glass”, by Lewis Carroll, 1872
From its very beginnings, the American constitutional system has been an attempt to balance the principles of majority rule with the rights of minorities.
At first, the idea of a protected minority was that of wealthy landowners who wanted to protect their property – including their slaves – from a majority who could vote for their privileges. Later it became the principle that ethnic minorities were full people with the same rights as everyone else.
But now the disputes seem less over majority versus minority than minority versus minority, the only question being which of them should rule.
This is why you have members of the Utah Legislative Assembly and the Utah State Board of Education busy protesting against what is called the Critical Theory of race, or CRT.
The stated fear is that the CRT is all about telling little white children that they are personally responsible for slavery, Jim Crow, lynchings, the genocide of Native Americans, the internment of Japanese Americans during the Second World War, Chinese Exclusion Law and Cancellation. from the original “Star Trek”.
Bushwa, all that. But it does serve to give whites the glorious feeling – without any risk – of being a staged minority who must fight, perhaps violently, for their rights.
The truth of our story is that human beings often exhibit bestial behavior towards other human beings, based on skin color, culture, religion, or for no reason whatsoever. There is no need for personal guilt. But a little commonly felt revulsion would go a long way in improving our future.
We also have Utah Senator Mike Lee embarrassing us again. This time, he is concerned that those who participated in the sometimes violent protests associated with the Black Lives Matter movement did not feel as much of a clout from law enforcement as those arrested for riots at the United States Capitol. in the Donald Trump. January 6 inspired riot.
There is one, and only one, justification for Lee’s question. And it is the idea that whites are allowed to engage in violent acts of treason against the United States government – acts that failed primarily because those who carried them out were too stupid – while that black people are not allowed to assemble. for redress of grievances, as guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States.
Every person who entered the Capitol building without permission that day committed an act of treason that should be punished with all the rigor of the law. If we still did things the way my English ancestors did, we would have each drawn and quartered. This is why many whites today should be happy that society has changed since then.
The fact that Lee, or anyone else, wants to play around with this is appalling.
The idea that we are an atomized nation of ethnic groups, fighting tooth and nail for political supremacy, also motivates initiatives in Georgia, Texas and elsewhere to suppress the votes of the poor and blacks and other ethnic minorities.
The only conceivable goal of these laws is to keep whites at the top of the political hierarchy. Not just whites, but a select elite among whites. The kind of white people who fear and seek to stand above blacks and browns. The kind of whites who are likely, in a free and fair election, to be dominated by other whites, in the kind of alliance with other groups that a multicultural nation must have in order to survive in peace.
The real constitutional rights of all Americans are not threatened by the rise of a multi-ethnic state. Rights such as freedom of speech and freedom of religion, due process protection in criminal matters, the right not to let the government take your property without paying you for it.
These are all individual rights, which only become issues of group rights when members of a group are deprived of them because of that membership.
As the T-shirt says, “More rights for others doesn’t mean less rights for you. It’s not pie.
While I’m not in the habit of quoting war criminals with approval, there is a quote from Henry Kissinger that fits here.
“No one will ever win the battle of the sexes,” he said. “There is just too much fraternization with the enemy.”
By applying this logic to ethnic and religious groups, we should see that while we are not enemies, there must be a lot more fraternization.
Georges pyle, Salt Lake Tribune opinion writer has noted on more than one occasion that the minority group he believes should rule the nation is the National Basketball Association.